School has started, and for most children, it’s an exciting time to make new friends, participate in their favorite activities, and enhance their learning skills across all subjects of the educational realm. But for kids who have ADD or ADHD, these aspects can be a struggle because of their symptoms and behavior. The primary treatment for ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder - and ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - is the prescription of psychostimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.
However, many parents are starting to question these medications and their side effects. Is there an alternative to treating ADD and ADHD? And if so, what is it? Integrative medicine has an answer: Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) and Neurofeedback.
According to the article “ADHD and EEG-neurofeedback: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled feasibility study” in the Journal of Neural Transmission Volume 118, ADD and ADHD symptoms persist in 40-60% of girls and boys throughout their adolescent years, leading to poor academic performance. That’s concerning, since education is what helps shape a child’s future to be successful. By taking the integrative medicine approach here at the Tao Institute of Modern Wellness, kids can have an opportunity to reduce the symptoms of their ADD and ADHD following a holistic approach that focuses on the mind, body, and soul - not just the body.
Every single one of our patients is first assessed and consulted so that a tailored treatment strategy can be determined based on their specific health needs. For those looking to treat ADD or ADHD, QEEG and neurofeedback are usually included in their customized treatment plan along with other care practices like acupuncture and diet coaching.
What is QEEG?
QEEG is the measurement of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp using digital technology to study how the brain is functioning. The electrical patterns reflect the brain waves so that the practitioner can see how the patterns differ from a normal functioning brain. Using this data, a treatment design is formulated for conducting neurofeedback. This treatment and neurofeedback are non-invasive and safe, with no harmful side effects.
Treating ADD and ADHD with Neurofeedback
Once QEEG is complete, neurofeedback is performed. The session entails the placement of sensors on the head to detect brainwave signals, which are then transferred to computer software, which showcases the data so that it is readable. The sensors train the brain to improve in the areas of attention and impulsiveness. This treatment can be done in combination with prescription medication or without.
We offer QEEG and neurofeedback for ADD and ADHD at our center in South Jersey and our other locations throughout the tristate regions including the Mainline and Bryn Mawr, PA. If you are a parent, you may be wondering, “Does it work?”. Studies show that it has been effective, providing a positive outcome for kids with the behavioral disorders with long lasting results.
How the Treatments Work
Research presented by Vincent Monastra, Ph.D., the founder of the FPI Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, New York, presented that individuals who were given the treatment maintained the ability to control attention. The study also showed that some participants reduced their medicine dosage by half after just a year of receiving neurofeedback. In addition, the treatment’s positive behavioral effects lasted even after the sessions had ended.
If you are looking for an alternative treatment for ADD or ADHD near Cherry Hill, NJ, or the surrounding areas like the Mainline and Bryn Mawr, PA, consider the integrative medicine approach. Begin treatment today by booking an appointment at the Tao Institute of Modern Wellness closest to you.