Is it really a disorder or all in your head? Neurofeedback shows otherwise

ADVERTORIAL / ST. GEORGE — Imagine a world where issues like autism, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and addiction are a thing of the past, a world in which people no longer suffer from these ailments and their minds function properly. Neurofeedback treatment is bringing the world closer to that goal every day.

Image courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah, St. George News
Image courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah, St. George News

What people often refer to as diseases or conditions, Neurofeedback Centers of Utah refers to as symptoms — symptoms of dysregulated brainwaves, that is.

“This requires an entire paradigm shift in the way you think about mental illness,” Neurofeedback Centers of Utah Executive Director Greg Warden said. “Depression is not a condition to us, it’s a symptom of dysregulated brainwave activity.”

The dysregulated brain needs to be trained, reconditioned and remolded. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Neurofeedback Centers address a multitude of neurological symptoms, ranging from depression to Parkinson’s disease (view full list below), and the process is much simpler than you might think.

“As with anything that’s amazing, it’s simple, it’s elegant and it’s effective,” Warden said.

Image courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah, St. George News
Image courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah, St. George News

First, patients receive an evaluation that assesses their brain wave patterns and pinpoints the abnormalities. Then comes the fun part: All that is required of them at this point, is to kick back in a recliner and watch one of their favorite movies. That’s it.

Noninvasive sensors are attached to the patient to monitor brain activity. When brain waves operate less than ideally, the image on the screen will dim. The brain recognizes that and alters itself. This reconditioning allows the brain to regulate itself and create new connections.

The more that patients use this brain training, the more permanent the connections become.

“We are training the brain wavelengths to get to a point where the symptoms disappear,” Neurofeedback Centers Director Larry Bradley said. “And it’s not something that you have to try to figure out. That’s the beauty of it.”

L-R: Larry Bradley, Greg Warden, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah, St. George News
L-R: Larry Bradley, Greg Warden, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah, St. George News

The research on neurofeedback, once referred to as biofeedback, is extensive and widely accredited. Neurofeedback treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is considered a Level 1 best treatment, on par with medication, except neurofeedback is drug-free, painless and noninvasive.

“But the difference here is that when you’re done, you’re done,” Warden said, “while if you stop taking medications, the symptoms come back.”

The U.S. Naval Combat Stress Center has recently adopted neurofeedback treatment as a way to treat soldiers with PTSD, Warden said, and NASA has been using it for almost 60 years for peak performance training with their astronauts.

Special operations teams, Olympians, and professional athletes are also among the collection of elite groups utilizing the treatment to achieve peak intellectual and athletic performance.

Brain and addiction | Photo courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah | St. George News
Brain and addiction | Photo courtesy of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah | St. George News

Brain wave dysregularities occur based on environmental signaling. For example, when traumatic events occur such as abuse or rape, the way our brains process the event is what causes irregular brain activity.

“What we have found is that our thoughts can create tons of brain wave dysregulation,” Bradley said. “And that mostly comes from the way a person thinks about themselves — how they perceive things, the way they judge things.”

A symptom like addiction is associated with impulsive and compulsive tendencies — both of which can be accredited to unbalanced brain waves caused by our perception of things we encounter in our lives. Physical trauma that damaged the brain also causes irregularities that result in seizures and inability to function normally. Through neurofeedback treatment, our brains can be given the chance to operate at optimum levels.

“I’ve witnessed complete personality transformations,” Warden said. “People become who they’ve always meant to be before their brains started misfiring.”

Neurofeedback Centers of Utah treatments address the following concerns: addiction recovery, attention deficit disorder, ADHD, autism, anxiety, academic performance, anger, Asperger’s Syndrome, athletic performance, brain injury, business performance, cerebral palsy, creativity enhancement, chronic fatigue, cognitive decline, depression, dissociative disorders, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, headaches, hemispheric asymetry, hypertension, insomnia, learning disability, migraine, obsessive compulsive, peak performance, PTSD, pain management, Parkinson’s disease, premenstrual syndrome, post-stroke, tinnitus, Tourette’s Syndrome.

Resources

  • “It’s all in your head with Larry and Greg” radio show is live every Thursday at 4 p.m. on KZNU 1450 AM and 93.1 FM
  • Neurofeedback Centers of Utah | Telephone 435-216 7370 | St. George address: 216 W. St George Blvd., Lower Level, St George| Website
  • Listen to the Neruofeedback Centers radio show

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10 Comments

  • My Evil Twin December 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hey Zonkster, maybe you can get your mommy to take you in to these guys for an evaluation!

  • sagemoon December 18, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Very interesting advertorial. I have a feeling this type of therapy is not covered by most insurance plans as it doesn’t benefit the pharmaceutical companies. I would like to check it out for myself.

    • Neurofeedback Centers of Utah December 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Please fell free to come by any time for a tour of our facility.

  • Joe Smith December 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I can tell you this is the real deal. I had an old classmate that did this and it cured him from being dumb and a homosexual in only 3 sessions…

    • Neurofeedback Centers of Utah December 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Neurofeedback has almost 50 years of clinical studies and papers espousing its efficacy in treating the symptoms associated with dozens neurological conditions. One of the Universities that pioneered its use was the University of Utah. Currently Professor Dr. D. Hammond, a faculty member, is one of the foremost authorities on Neurofeedback in the world. You are invited to tour our facility, review the research, watch Neurofeedback in action and make an educated decision as to its effectiveness. Again, thank you for your comment.

    • Defender December 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      @Joe, it didn’t work for you it seems.

      • A reader December 19, 2014 at 4:44 am

        @DEFENDER, It may not have worked for Joe but, it might help you. You better check into this fast!

  • The Rest Of The Story December 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Of course, the Big Pharma lobby, one of the largest domestic terror organizations within the USA, will see to it that this is discredited.

  • Koolaid December 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    That third picture represents your brain on koolaid.

  • AnnomAnon December 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    For people looking to benefit from neurofeedback at home or while mobile, look into the David Delight device.

    After getting a brain map, you can find a setting right for you and may benefit.

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