Biofeedback: A Transformational Process by Penny Hyndman, R.N. and Barb Macnaughton, R.N., B.Sc.

What do a 50 year old executive, a 75 year old woman and a 10 year old boy have in common??  They are all engaged in a transformational process using neurofeedback — also called EEG or brainwave biofeedback — by means of a revolutionary software system called NeuroCARE Pro©.  

 

The sessions involve using sensors to actually pick up the brainwaves and feeding these into a computer.  The person watches a video monitor and listens to music.  With pauses in the music and changes in the visual display on the monitor, the brain learns how to function more efficiently, more flexibly and with more resilience.  

 

For Dave, the executive, one of the things this means is that he can deliver a 2 hour lecture – without notes and being able to — in his word — “seamlessly” pull in information that he had read years previously, and receiving ovations from his audience.  He discusses the progress of his new book, which synthesizes information never before incorporated in the manner in which he is writing.  He has successfully mediated several disputes between employers and employees, which he feels he could not have done without the backup of the neurofeedback training.  His colleagues call upon him when they are looking for a fresh approach to solving a problem.  

 

Seventy-five year old Ellie has worked in her home, raised her family and is now furthering her artistic abilities.  She speaks of the improvement in her art work and feels that her creativity and design have become more complex and compelling.  In addition, her sleep has improved — previously she had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.  Now she is able to sleep 7 to 8 hours solidly.  She reports feeling restored upon awakening — something she has not experienced for many years.

 

Sally and Edward, parents of 10 year old Jamie, describe the changes for Jamie as having been transformative.  Jamie had been having difficulty concentrating in school — noticed in kindergarten, and now in Grade 4, he was on the verge of not wanting to even go to school.  He had told his mother that he was “always being sent back to his seat;” always being told to do this or that and school was not enjoyable.  The teacher has told Sally that Jamie would sometimes hide under a table, rather than go out to play with his schoolmates.   Jamie was struggling with math concepts in school, and felt that the other kids were making fun of him because he had a hard time understanding the math.  He seemed to totally have lost interest in playing the violin, at which he had become quite adept.

At home, Sally had noticed that Jamie’s moods had changed — he had gone from being a happy, playful boy with a good sense of humor, to being glum, unaffectionate with his brother, and essentially sad and angry.  Sally had spoken to her doctor about these changes — the doctor had suggested Ritalin or perhaps an anti-depressant.  In Sally’s mind, these were a last resort, as she felt that her son’s brain was still developing, and she really didn’t want to subject him to a chemical influence.

 

Sally and Edward then heard about EEG biofeedback, or neurofeedback from  family friends.  Their niece had been having similar experiences to Jamie, and the family had started her doing neurofeedback.  They were starting to see very positive changes and the little girl was enjoying the sessions very much — as well as starting to like going to school again, and playing with her friends.  

 

Jamie started doing neurofeedback and after 5 sessions, Sally began to notice some changes in him.  His outlook started to become more positive, and he began to voluntarily pick up his violin and play.  He spent more time with his brother, and his play became more co-operative.  As the sessions continued, Jamie again began to like to go to school, the teacher reported that he was now starting to take part in plays they were putting on for the school, and that Jamie was becoming able to focus on the subject at hand, as well as asking questions and taking part in discussions — which he had rarely done before.  Jamie’s parents were especially thankful that he had not had to take medication in order to take part in these activities.  He was better at sports and generally a happier child.

 

Neurofeedback seems to work by helping the Central Nervous System re-organize, with benefits to the body’s physiologic functioning as well as to areas outside the body, such as social engagement and performance enhancement.  Nothing is put in to the body; the sessions themselves are relaxing and restorative.  Neurofeedback helps calm the mind (so called “mental chatter”), improves ability to focus, and improves mood and self-esteem.  It has been used to great benefit for people of all ages struggling with ADD and ADHD, epilepsy, addictions, insomnia, anxiety and problems with memory.  If you wish to book an appointment for EEG Biofeedback or require more information, please call Penny Hyndman at Urwellness.ca, 604-831-1330, or Barb Macnaughton at the Neurofeedback Centre, 604-697-0475.

 

 

The creator and developer of NeuroCARE Pro©, Dr. Valdeane Brown, has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.  In addition to having had his own practice, Dr. Brown is an ongoing student of mathematics, philosophy, computer programming, physics, yoga, meditation and martial arts.  He is a founding member of the Bell Ringer’s Guild of North America, and is currently vice-captain and tower keeper for Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, B.C.   An internationally known speaker, Dr. Brown is an expert in the field of self-empowerment and transformation.   He will be speaking in Burnaby at BCIT, 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Building SW-1, Room 1205, on September 24th, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. on neurofeedback and NeuroCARE Pro©.  For more information and/or tickets for this exciting event, please call 604-936-0888 or 604-697-0475.

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