Can neurofeedback (NFB) help with Parkinson's Disease (PD)? Studies have demonstrated improved balance in PD patients with as few as 8 sessions (Azarpaikan, et al., 3/30/14, in press). In another study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, motor function improvement was statistically significant in a randomized controlled study (RCT) using NFB (Subramanian, et al., 2011). The authors conclude "These findings demonstrate that self-modulation of cortico- subcortical motor circuits can be achieved by PD patients through neurofeedback and may result in clinical benefits that are not attainable by motor imagery alone." Though PD is a progressive disease, studies such as these provide hope for reducing and delaying symptoms and providing relief to Parkinson's sufferers.
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The nature of injuries from the recent wars has brought much needed attention to brain injury and its consequences. Brain injury can be traumatic (resulting from car accidents, falls, or wounds) or non-traumatic (resulting from stroke, surgery, or infections). With injury comes a dis-regulated brain, and research has shown that NFB can help in recovery from brain injury by restoring regulation. Issues that NFB can address following brain injury include cognition, mood, sleep, and head pain. Brain injury clients have also reported feeling more like themselves following NFB treatment. Even during treatment, when problems from the injury are still ongoing, clients report feeling more in control and calm. Click the link below for more information from the International Brain Injury Association.
JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke