Do you have trouble staying focused? Does your mind race (or drift) from thought to thought as you go about your day?
Fact is, many people suffer from ADHD-like symptoms. Whether you’ve been clinically diagnosed or not, everyone can improve their attention span.
For decades, doctors have used medication to help those with ADHD. Stimulants and other medications can be very helpful, but also have side effects, which are often worrisome—especially to parents who are hesitant to start their kids on medications. What if there were a better way…that was also safer to use?
Fortunately, we’ve entered the 21st century, where science has provided us with more information about the brain and given us non-pharmaceutical interventions for brain-based symptoms.
One such intervention that has emerged is called neurofeedback.
When you sit down to do a neurofeedback session, five sensors are attached to your head (three on the ears and two on the scalp). You then listen to a music track that occasionally interrupts briefly, helping your brain recognize what it’s doing… and then choose alternative pathways..
The sensors on your scalp are not putting any stimulation into the brain. (Think of a stethoscope—it amplifies your heart’s sounds so your doctor can recognize what the heart is doing, but does not affect the heart in any way. Similarly, in neurofeedback the sensors are just reporting the brain’s activity to the computer, which provides feedback.)
This form of feedback to the brain doesn’t ever push the brain to do one thing or another. Instead, it’s up to the brain to decide what it wants to do. Typically, the brain uses this information to optimize its functioning, which results in better focus and a clearer mind throughout the day.
The great thing is that once your brain “learns” this more efficient way of operating, it continues to work week after week, month after month, and year after year. It never unlearns what it’s done, much the same way you can go years without riding a bike and still hop on and enjoy riding once again. Compare this to medication, which ordinarily stops working as soon as it’s out of your system.
It generally only takes around eight to ten sessions before most people notice an improvement in their focus, and it’s quite common for people report feeling a change sooner than that.
We encourage clients with attention difficulties to come to our office for sessions, rather than planning on doing sessions at home. (Yep—you know how distractible you are. It’s easier to be faithful to your training if it’s actually on your calendar.)
If you’re interested in learning more, or would like to schedule your first appointment, give us a call at 216.410.6335 or email us on our contact page. We’d absolutely LOVE to hear from you.
There’s no pushy salesmanship or constant follow-ups with us. We simply want to do our part to help people and make the world a better place, and strongly feel NeurOptimal can help do that for most people—especially those struggling with attention issues.
Find out for yourself what life-changing benefits neurofeedback can offer you!