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How Neurofeedback Helps Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Are you one of many people who suffers with anxiety? Do you struggle with a nonstop feeling of worry or dread?

If that is the case, you are not alone. Almost 1 in 5 people are diagnosed with anxiety. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is the most common mental illness in the U.S. This sometimes-debilitating illness can be treated naturally, with non-invasive, drug-free methods such as neurofeedback.

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Is there a way to treat anxiety and depression naturally- without drugs that have harmful side effects? 

Yes- neurofeedback training is a safe and effective way of treating anxiety without medications! Harvard Medical School states that biofeedback is exactly that. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that specifically trains your brain to deal with the symptoms of anxiety.

For more information on Neurofeedback, see the article What Is Neurofeedback?

What happens in the brain that causes people to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks?

neurofeedback brain mapResearch shows that anxiety and panic attacks are associated with increased Beta brain waves. Beta brain waves occur naturally during waking hours and when a person is concentrating. High Beta brainwaves, however, can cause agitation, anxiety and worry.  The increase in Beta waves, in its extreme form, can cause panic attacks. Panic attacks can be very difficult to control by an individual.

What does research say about neurofeedback helping anxiety and panic attacks?

schedule a free neurofeedback evaluation for anxiety/panic attacksThere are several studies published in peer reviewed journals that show that neurofeedback training has positive effects on helping with anxiety and panic attacks. These studies reported the following:

  • Decrease anxiety symptoms [1]
  • Reduced negative mood [2]
  • Improvement in mood, energy and confidence [3]
  • Reduced performance anxiety [4]
  • Improvement in overall performance [5]
  • Enhanced control over anxiety [6]

While still in the early stages, research suggests emotional processes could potentially be improved with neurofeedback training as well.

How does neurofeedback work for anxiety?

Here at Dody Chiropractic Center for Wholeness, we use state-of-the-art technology, called qEEG or Brain Mapping to measure and analyze the brainwaves across the entire brain. If your anxiety and panic attacks are due to irregular brainwaves, we can find it!

After we take all the measurements of your brain, we will go over a personalized report and training protocols to correct the brain imbalance.  At this point, we can begin brain training- an enjoyable, safe, and non-invasive process.

During the brain training session, sensors will monitor your brain waves. As you watch a video, our equipment will provide feedback based on your brain’s activity. The better you do with the training, the more visual “rewards” your brain will receive. These rewards teach your brain a more appropriate brain wave pattern. Over time, neurofeedback training can lead to improved brain function, improved mood, normalized behavior and overall well-being.

 

How neurofeedback helped a woman with anxiety and panic attacks-

We had a long time practice member who had dealt with major anxiety for most of her life. She was able to have some control over her major panic attacks with different therapies. However she never could get them to completely go away. We talked about how neurofeedback actually changed the brain and re-wired better pathways to help change the anxious thoughts permanently. Here is what she had to say after 30 neurofeedback sessions-

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Conclusion

Neurofeedback is a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment for anxiety and panic attacks. Research shows that neurofeedback training can help a person control and improve emotional processes such as anxiety and panic attacks.

At Dody Chiropractic Center for Wholeness, we can help you find and fix abnormal brain wave patterns to help your brain function optimally.

Call our office today for a FREE evaluation at 303-794-1737 or schedule your evaluation online.

References:

[1] Clin Electroencephalogr. 2000 Jan;31(1):1-6.

[2] Behav Res Ther. 2017 May;92:32-40

[3] Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2005 May;23(2-3):287-92.

[4] Neuroreport. 2003 Jul 1;14(9):1221-4.

[5] Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2005

[6] Transl Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 30;3:e250.

 

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