Finally, A Solution That Actually Solves Your Problem.
What if there was a safe, non-invasive system that could improve conditions like ADD, Depression and Chronic Pain for good and even eliminate the need for medications?
Neurofeedback is a non-drug approach that can improve your quality of life dramatically. Imagine getting better sleep, improving memory, having more energy or being more alert and focused? Neurofeedback can do all of this and more!
Conditions Clinically Responsive To Neurofeedback:
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People with ADD can be easily distracted, impulsive, and inattentive. ADD is not a disease or a discipline problem, it’s a Brain Problem. It requires a process that targets the brain specifically and without drugs. With neurofeedback, people can increase self-control, attention, focus and reduce impulsivity.
Many people think addiction is due to a lack of self-discipline, but addiction is physiological, not psychological. Addiction is a brain disease, a mental health disorder that severely debilitates a person in all aspects of his or her life. Through neurofeedback, teaching the brain how to be calm, focused, and relaxed helps a person think more clearly.
Anger is an emotional response, based in impulsiveness. Both are neurological issues that results form a lack of control. Through neurofeedback, teaching the brain how to be calm, focused, and relaxed helps a person control emotional outbursts and impulsive behavior.
Anxiety sufferers are often overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed out. Their brain seems to never quiet down. They can’t stop thinking. Learning to decrease anxiety gives suffers hope as they take control of their lives. EEG neurofeedback targets the brainwaves responsible for emotions, decreasing anxiety and calming the mind.
Neurofeedback training has been used with several thousand autistic spectrum children over the last 15 years, by hundreds of clinicians. There have been several research studies published to support these efforts. After neurofeedback, parents usually notice their child is more calm, manages emotions better, and doesn’t get overwhelmed as easily.
Bipolar disorder is basically the inability to control emotions, which causes a person to fluctuate wildly between sad and happy based on minimal external stimuli. Neurofeedback can teach the brain to maintain a consistent state and achieve mood stabilization. This makes them less susceptible to mood swings, increases ability to focus and reduces anger.
Pain is one of several sensory systems that keep us apprised of the status of our bodies. For chronic pain, neurofeedback can help reduce pain or perhaps how the brain manages pain, even in severe cases. Chronic Fatigue is a result of slower brainwaves, that makes a person feel more tired. By speeding up the brainwaves, sleep can be better regulated and energy levels can increase.
Concussion is a common occurrence, especially with young people and contact sports. When a concussion or brain injury happens, it knocks brainwaves out of a normal rhythm, causing sleep issues and slower processing. Neurofeedback training can be particularly helpful in improving sleep patterns, mental clarity and speech.
Feeling down or depressed from time to time happens to most people. Some people cannot break out of a depressed state over an extended period of time. There is much research that shows that depression is neurological, not psychological. Certain brain patterns are frequently linked to depression. Therefore, training the brain through neurofeedback has a powerful ability to improve depression symptoms by regulating brainwaves.
Dyslexia is the inability to see and write letters correctly on a consistent basis. This is due to a brain dysfunction that mixes up familiar characters. Neurofeedback can optimize the brainwaves that allow a person to focus properly.
A seizure disorder can be explained as a brain that has lost stability. People with seizures can regulate and stabilize their brains through neurofeedback training. Eighteen well-run research studies show how effective neurofeedback training can be in the reduction of seizures.
Fibromyalgia is “A common syndrome of chronic widespread soft-tissue pain accompanied by weakness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances; the cause is unknown.” Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder. Neurofeedback addresses the fatigue and sleep issues of fibromyalgia, regulating the brainwaves responsible for sleep. This can make fibromyalgia a manageable condition.
At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term, sleep disorders. Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. A skilled neurofeedback clinician can review many different options with clients to help them assess what’s most appropriate for their problem, including several brain regulating technologies such as Alpha-Stim and Brain Music.
Lyme Disease is the result of a tic bite than can cause chronic problems with fatigue. By speeding up slow brainwaves, people can overcome the achiness and fatigue that results form a bite and increase energy. This makes the other symptoms of Lyme Disease more manageable.
With age, many people begin to notice a decline in mental clarity, memory or executive function. This can also occur as a result of brain trauma. These declines can prompt fears of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many studies demonstrate that neurofeedback changes the brain. Several studies show that cognitive function in aging adults improves considerably, after even a single neurofeedback session.
Although neurofeedback training can stop a migraine while it is occurring, stopping individual migraines is not the main goal. Training with neurofeedback can be very effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of migraines over the long term providing real relief for people suffering from migraines.
With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a person can’t stop repeating specific behaviors or stop his or her brain from repeating particular thoughts. A substantial body of research shows that problems with OCD are related to the functioning of areas in the front of the brain. Many therapists and other health professionals using neurofeedback to treat OCD note marked reductions in OCD symptoms in their clients after neurofeedback training. People with OCD relate that, after neurofeedback training, they do not really need to make an effort to stop unwanted repetitive thoughts and behaviors.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious type of anxiety caused by an extremely stressful event or series of events. Many people experience only limited benefit after trying various therapies and medication. Neurofeedback trains the brain to produce a calm state as well as regulate stress response. In addition, the specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can be targeted. Frequently, the first sign of improvement is that a client sleeps better. Then other symptoms begin to improve.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that generally appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. It is one of many brain diseases that may include delusions, loss of personality, confusion, agitation, social withdrawal, psychosis, and bizarre behavior. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMN), neurofeedback can help relieve many of the symptoms of schizophrenia.
A stroke is a condition in which the brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen. The patient may suddenly lose the ability to speak, there may be memory problems, or one side of the body can become paralyzed. By targeting neurofeedback near the brain’s motor strip – an area involved in controlling muscles and muscle tone – those motor circuits can reorganize and become more efficient.
Learning disorders, Dementia, Brain Fog an others. Any neurological condition that results from irregular moving brainwaves can be improved or eliminated.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, drug-free method that targets irregular brainwaves using a computer. Proper brainwave function can significantly increase focus and attention, or improve sleep patterns and memory. This results in a better, happier you. Neurofeedback has been clinically proven to improve most neurological conditions.
Neurofeedback does not directly target conditions and symptoms: it corrects irregular brainwaves and modifies timing patterns in the brain. This is achieved over multiple neurofeedback sessions, as the brain is re-trained into normal patterns. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which can impact a variety of symptoms.
Think of your brain as a musical quartet: When all musicians are in sync, the sound is harmonious. But if one musician is out of tune, the overall sound is affected. Brainwaves operate in much the same way, working together to keep your mind and body in sync and running smoothly. But if any brainwaves are off, it can impact your entire system negatively. Many common conditions like anxiety, depression and others can occur when brainwaves are running too fast or too slow. Neurofeedback teaches the brain to regulate its brainwaves properly, which can result in better overall health.
- Improve autism symptoms by speeding up Beta brainwaves
- Increase attention and focus for kids with attention deficit disorders
- Improve depression symptoms by speeding up Alpha brainwaves
- Reduce anxiety and stress by slowing down Beta brainwaves
- Improve sleep disorders by slowing Delta brainwaves
- Improve memory by speeding up Theta brainwaves
- Regulate the brainwaves responsible for addiction, which can reduce cravings
Neurofeedback is NOT New
It’s been around since the 1960’s. There are decades of research and case studies that document its effectiveness in improving brain health. Advances in computer technology have made it possible for doctors to easily administer neurofeedback in their clinic.
Neurofeedback has 3 main goals:Identify irregular brainwaves (Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta)Guide those brainwaves back into regular patternsTeach the brain to maintain regular patterns permanently
Neurofeedback works primarily by monitoring brainwaves on the surface of your head. To start, small electrodes are placed on your scalp. These electrodes have a paste on them which makes it easier to pick up brainwave patterns. For the next 30 minutes, you get to watch a movie of your choice, listen to your music or listen to an audio book. That is all that is required of you. Is is non-invasive, uses no drugs and does not involve any radiation.
During a normal session the computer is monitoring your brainwaves, looking for any that are out of the normal range. When it finds one, the system triggers a response that changes the movie or music. This change is not annoying, but it is subtle enough to get your attention and make you focus more. Refocusing corrects the irregular brainwaves, which then move into the normal range. At that time the movie or music will resume normally. This process is called Operant Conditioning. Over the course of multiple sessions, the brain eventually learns to make healthy patterns on it’s own. At that time, no further neurofeedback sessions are needed.
Research shows that people who suffer from neurological issues can have irregular brainwaves. As an example, a person with ADD will have slower Beta brainwaves, which are responsible for attention and focus. They also have faster Theta brainwaves, which can lead to daydreaming.
Training the brain can change these brainwaves over time, speeding them up or slowing them down where needed. Neurofeedback can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. When brainwaves are running at the right speed, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.
Results are often permanent, which may allow someone to eliminate medications completely. Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave function.
Why I offer Neurofeedback
“Many patients come to me after seeing their primary care physician, who only offered drugs for their symptoms. But drugs do not work very well on neurological problems. I know all too well that the root cause often lies in the brain.”
“These people have tried many other methods and are fed up. I know how effective neurofeedback can be, so I feel confident offering this service. Once I show a patient their brain map and they can visually see just what is wrong, they become very excited about the possibilities for permanent relief.”
I can’t believe the difference in the person I was before neurofeedback and now. I feel so much more in control of myself.
I used to suffer terrible panic attacks whenever I left my house. Now I can go to the store and socialize with friends. Thank you so much!
Safe • Non Invasive • Accurate
A Brain Map is a non-invasive tool we use to identify the problem areas of the brain. It is the most accurate tool available for identifying irregular brainwaves. It also generates a set of protocols that can correct your specific brainwave irregularities using neurofeedback.
It is important to note that a Brain Map is painless, safe, accurate and non-invasive. There really is no better tool for analyzing brainwaves and collecting customized data for each individual.
A Brain Map is a scan of your brainwaves performed using a cap on the head. This method is known as an electroencephalogram (EEG) and provides an accurate recording of your normal brain function. Our system records brainwave activity and compares it to benchmark standards of normal brain function to determine if problems are present. It does not identify specific conditions: It shows a map of problem areas in the brain that the doctor can use to identify potential conditions.
Why Are Brainwaves Important?
There are 4 main brainwaves in your head. Delta brainwaves are responsible for sleep, rest and recharging. Theta brainwaves control your subconscious. Alpha brainwaves regulate your emotions and feelings. Beta brainwaves control conscious thought and decision making.
Do these things sound important? They are, and poorly regulated brainwaves can cause many issues to appear. A brain map can identify brainwaves in all areas of the brain that are not operating efficiently. It takes the guesswork out of the assessment process and provides an accurate road map for improving your health and well being.
The 5 Types Of Brainwave Frequencies: Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta & Gamma
all humans display five different types of electrical patterns or “brain waves” across the cortex. Each brain wave has a purpose and helps serve us in optimal mental functioning.
These brainwaves are commonly observed while we are awake. They are involved in conscious thought, logical thinking, writing, reading and stimulation. Having the right amount of beta waves allows us to focus and complete school or work-based tasks easily. Having too much beta may lead to us experiencing excessive stress and/or anxiety.
- Too much: Adrenaline, anxiety, high arousal, inability to relax, stress
- Too little: ADHD, daydreaming, depression, poor cognition
- Optimal: Conscious focus, memory, problem solving
- Increase beta waves: Coffee, energy drinks, various stimulants
This frequency range bridges the gap between our conscious thinking and subconscious mind. It helps us calm down when necessary and promotes feelings of deep relaxation. If we become stressed, a phenomenon called “alpha blocking” may occur which involves the beta waves “blocking” the production of alpha waves.
- Too much: Daydreaming, inability to focus, too relaxed
- Too little: Anxiety, high stress, insomnia, OCD
- Optimal: Relaxation
- Increase alpha waves: Alcohol, marijuana, relaxants, some antidepressants
This particular frequency range is involved in daydreaming and sleep. Theta waves are connected to us experiencing and feeling deep and raw emotions. Too much theta activity may cause depression and make people “highly suggestible” because they are in a deeply relaxed, semi-hypnotic state. Theta can improve intuition, creativity, and makes us feel more natural. It is also involved in restorative sleep.
- Too much: ADHD, depression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattentiveness
- Too little: Anxiety, poor emotional awareness, stress
- Optimal: Creativity, emotional connection, intuition, relaxation
- Increase theta waves: Depressants
These are the slowest recorded brain waves in human beings. They are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation and restorative, healing sleep. Adequate production of delta waves helps us feel completely rejuvenated after we wake up from a good night’s sleep.
- Too much: Concussions, learning problems, inability to think, severe ADHD
- Too little: Inability to rejuvenate body, inability to revitalize the brain, poor sleep
- Optimal: Immune system, natural healing, restorative / deep sleep
- Increase delta waves: Depressants, sleep
These are involved in higher processing tasks as well as cognitive functioning. Gamma waves are important for learning, memory and information processing. It has been found that individuals who are mentally challenged and have learning disabilities tend to have lower gamma activity than average.
- Too much: Anxiety, high arousal, stress
- Too little: ADHD, depression, learning disabilities
- Optimal: Binding senses, cognition, information processing, learning, perception, REM sleep
- Increase gamma waves: Meditation
This comprehensive report of findings shows the problem areas of the brain and how to improve them with neurofeedback. The data is easy to read.
Samples pages from the brain map are below.
This page shows an analysis of each lobe of the brain (frontal, parietal, central, temporal and occipital) for each type of brain wave: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta. Green indicates a normal level, red is elevated and yellow is extreme.
The Discriminants Analysis page (above) shows a visual meter for the major functions of the brain, such as the cognitive, emotional, memory processing, executive functions, and more.
The Emotional and Cognitive Analysis compares the results of your self-assessment against the results of the brain map and helps identify problem areas within the brain. Red indicates a strong potential match, green indicates no match.
The Midline Analysis is a visual reference of your brainwaves compared to normal ones. Gray bars are normal levels, color bars are from your brain map.
Many brain issues are caused by irregular brainwaves. Neurofeedback works because it does not directly target any conditions and symptoms…It corrects irregular brainwaves and modifies timing patterns in the brain. This is achieved through multiple neurofeedback sessions, where the brain is re-trained into making normal patterns. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which then impacts a variety of symptoms.
Absolutely not! Neurofeedback is safe because it is non-invasive, requires no drugs and does not produce any radiation like a CT scan does. The goal of neurofeedback is to identify irregular brainwave patterns and make very subtle corrections. With multiple sessions, the brain will learn to self-regulate.
No. Neurofeedback does not require anything more than your attention for 30 minutes per session. In fact, with each successful session you can start eliminating any medications you are taking.
Absolutely not! A brain map is simply a surface scan of your scalp which picks up the electrical impulses we call brainwaves. We do use conductive paste, but there are no shocks, no pain and no discomfort. All you do is stare at the wall for 6 minutes with your eyes open, and six minutes with your eyes closed. The computer does the rest.
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1950’s. It is only in the last decade and with the advancement of computer technology that Neurofeedback has been able to move from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting.
Your brain produces four primary types of brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. Beta is primarily active during your awake state, which is the majority of your day. Alpha has to do with your subconscious, and is dominant during relaxed states when your eyes are closed but you are not asleep. Theta is present briefly during the periods before you fall asleep and before you fully wake up. Delta is primarily active when you are asleep. All of these brain waves are equally important to your health, and neurological disorders can be attributed to specific brain waves. For example, when you have brain irregularities caused by a head injury, your brain may have too much frontal theta or delta being produced when you are supposed to be awake and alert. By retraining these abnormal patterns in the affected areas, symptoms can be improved or eliminated.
Each session usually lasts 30 minutes.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the individual and the particular condition that has been determined. Much like going to the gym, every person requires a different length of time to improve. 20 – 40 sessions is normal for many conditions to improve or even be eliminated. However, people have reported positive changes after just a few sessions.
Neurofeedback sessions involve relaxing for 30 minutes while you watch a movie or listen to music of your choice. Electrodes are attached to your scalp that monitor your brainwaves during the session. When irregular patterns are detected, a response is triggered from the software that pauses or dims the video or music. this response will automatically cause you to focus more, which will move your brainwaves back into normal ranges. With repetition of this process over multiple sessions, your brain can learn to stay within healthy ranges on its own without neurofeedback.
Again, results will vary from person to person. Some feel different within a couple of sessions, while tougher conditions will take many sessions to see any noticeable results. It’s important to not get impatient and listen to the practitioner. They should be able to show you the graph results of each sessions, which will provide a visual reference of improvement. The type of neurofeedback training we offer here is permanent. Neurofeedback helps to improve functions such as concentration, short-term memory, speech, motor skills, sleep, energy level, and emotional balance.
Long term follow ups have been done on many patients over the years. Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee has followed ADD clients who’ve sustained their improvements from neurofeedback for 10-20 years. Published research on epilepsy 12 months after brain training shows the effects on epilepsy usually holds. Owners of the Clear Mind System have commonly reported no relapses from patients after 10 years.
Yes you can start neurofeedback while on your medications. As you progress your physician might suggest that you slowly reduce or eliminate certain medications related to the condition that you are addressing with neurofeedback. Since every patient is unique, the decision to reduce medication will be up to your physician. More research is needed on this, but a common theory is that the same dosage seems to have a stronger effect on a more efficient brain.
If used improperly, it is possible to see problems. That is to be expected from a system that can produce such positive changes. It all comes down to training and proper use. Fortunately, each session is designed to create small changes in brainwave activity, meaning that problems can be spotted and corrected before they become bigger. Our clinic has extensive training on this equipment and can change protocols as needed if negative effects are seen.
Recent research suggests that individuals with ADD/ADHD tend to have elevated theta brainwave activity and low levels of beta brainwave activity. Symptoms of ADD/ADHD are usually reduced when brainwave activity is changed. Neurofeedback is commonly used as an adjunct or alternative treatment to medication and behavior management.
Neurofeedback has been around since the late 1950’s when Dr. Joe Kamiya discovered that by using a simple reward system, people could learn to alter their brain activity. His partner, Dr Sterman discovered that he could train cats to control their epileptic seizures through a similar method. He moved on to train humans to control their epilepsy. Neurofeedback has evolved over the years from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting. And with 5 decades of positive case studies, it is not likely to go away any time soon.
Neurofeedback has been around for decades. To date there are thousands of studies, with more being published every day. This site has a comprehensive list of studies on neurofeedback for many conditions. You can view them here.
We have many patient success stories to share with you. Neurofeedback has had a positive impact on so many people, who now have a drug free and non-invasive alternative for treatment of common ailments. Click the button below for these success stories, told from the people who changed their lives with neurofeedback.
BEN GALYARDT, D.C.
Dr. Galyardt is a full time practicing Chiropractic Physician Board Certified in Integrated Medicine.
Dr. Galyardt stays on the cutting edge of the Functional Medicine world by regularly attending trainings to incorporate the most advanced healing modalities to his patients.
Dr. Galyardt is a full time practicing Chiropractic Physician Board Certified in Integrated Medicine.
Dr. Galyardt stays on the cutting edge of the Functional Medicine world by regularly attending trainings to incorporate the most advanced healing modalities to his patients. These trainings have led to many certifications including:
- Certified by the International College of Applied Kinesiology
- American Functional Neurology Institute in Neurofeedback and Functional Neurology
- Advanced Muscle Integration Technique
- Trigenics Practitioner
- Autonomies Response Technique
Dr. Galyardt also travels the country teaching other Doctors for the Clearmind Center about Neurofeedback and functional neurology.
While treating thousands of patients, Dr. Galyardt has brought many healing modalities together to truly correct the underlying imbalances that he sees daily in his patients.
If you are interested in our other services including Chiropractic care, please visit our website at www.functionalmedicinefortcollins.com.
Neurofeedback In The News
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960’s, when it was first tested on cats. There is a significant amount of research available showing the positive effects of neurofeedback on various neurological conditions. To view this research, please click the button below.
The Neurofeedback Center Of Fort Collins
Ben Galyardt, D.C.
The Functional Medicine Center Of Fort Collins
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Fort Collins, CO 80525
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