Neurofeedback May Help Chronic Fatigue
According to recent figures, chronic fatigue syndrome may afflict over one million Americans. Chronic fatigue has been defined as a condition of extreme fatigue that does not improve with rest. A diagnosis of chronic fatigue includes eight primary symptoms such as sore throat, unexplained muscle pain, unrefreshing sleep, headaches, loss of memory or concentration, pain that moves from one part of the body to another.
The syndrome can be difficult to treat (and diagnose) since individuals may experience a variety of diverse symptoms that change over time. The condition is thought to be triggered by a variety of factors including stress, hormones, immune system problems, and viral infections. Women are more likely to have it than men; middle-age (40-50 years of age) is primary age of onset. Here’s more:
At the present time, there is no known cure for the condition; so, healthcare providers focus on symptom relief. Thus, chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers may be directed to a variety of approaches to health to address specific symptoms, including:
- Sleep training and relaxation exercises
- Massage and neuromuscular therapy
- Graded exercise therapy
- Nutrition management
- Meditation, yoga, tai chi
- Anti-bacterial or anti-viral programs
Neurofeedback (brain wave training) may be used in conjunction with other treatment methods to help to reduce the insomnia, pain, fatigue and mental fog of chronic fatigue syndrome. Brain wave training is biofeedback for your brain; appropriate training has shown to have positive and lasting effects on Chronic Fatigue. Using sensors applied to the scalp, a computer senses the client brain wave patterns then adjusts the feedback (movie, music or graphic) to provide positive feedback. The movie showing on the screen, for instance, may shrink or fade out, guiding the brain to learn how to calm or focus, pay attention.
Brain-wave training does not necessarily require mental effort or that the client try to create an outcome. The training begins with the client learning to relax and become calm (this is learning self-regulation skills). The training occurs when the client relaxes, listens to music, watches a movie, or plays a game. Conditions for learning are set up prior to the training to help the brain make a shift to a healthy brain wave pattern. The brain learns to correct itself and go to the healthy pattern (based on the feedback it receives).
Tired brains, foggy brains, fatigued bodies, insomniacs, individuals with headaches, chronic pain, depression or anxiety may benefit from brain-training sessions. The learning is likely to last when the healthy pattern is practiced and repeated, usually 5-6 sessions.
To receive more information about the targeted training possible with eeg-guided neurofeedback, please call (720) 780-7392 or email us using the CONTACT area above. Our Certified Neurofeedback Specialist, Lori Miller, will respond to your inquiry and discuss your concerns with you. Ms. Miller works in collaboration with Dr. Fred Grover, Jr, MD in Cherry Creek, Colorado to assess brain health and optimize brain function.