While it is well established that proper nutrition and physical exercise are important for efficient brain function, what does one do when things go wrong with the brain and there are problems with focus, attention, learning, memory, mood and behavior? Is there are a natural, drug-free solution for such issues?
The good news is there is. For those with the neurological inefficacies producing ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD and bipolar symptoms, problematic brain areas can now be identified with the quantitative EEG (computerized brain wave analysis) and the brain can be literally taught to function at high levels, using its own resources.
Four basic neurological training techniques, as represented by the acronym PAM/R, are currently employed in neurotherapy:
Performance feedback: Neurofeedback, also known as brainwave training, feeds the working brainwave frequencies back to the brain as audio tones. This gives the brain the information it needs to modify the frequencies it is using for more efficient performance.
Activation: Rhythmic flashing lights and pulsing tones, a process called Audio-Visual Entrainment, activates and “exercises” specific performance areas, especially in the deep brain.
Modulation: Transcranial DC Stimulation uses a small device that emits a gentle, steady current over the scalp. This safe and highly effective process helps modulate and normalize brain function.
Resilience: Breathing biofeedback teaches and fosters improved emotional resilience to reduce stress, to get up for the “big game” (or test, or sales call) and then relax when it is over.
With these techniques, the brain can be quickly brought to peak neurological efficiency. When this is accomplished, focus, attention and learning abilities are enhanced, there is a sense of well-being, memory is improved and there is better emotional resilience to “go with the flow.”
Dr. Marvin Sams is a board certified neurotherapist and director of The Sams Center, in Plano, TX. For more information, call 972-612-0160 or visit GreatBrain.com.