Here is a transcript of an interesting podcast interview with Carol Shifflett and Mary Lee Esty, authors of Conquering Concussion: Healing TBI Symptoms with Neurofeedback and without Drugs. The interviewer was Neal Howard of Australia’s Health Professional Radio.
Among other things, they talk about PTSD, migraines and severe headaches following physical trauma. These are some of the many things neurofeedback can be helpful with. As Mary Lee says, “When you treat the motherboard, the brain, all kinds of things can happen.”
Carol makes a great response to a common reaction: “It must be placebo.” People sometimes think that because neurofeedback is effective with so many things, or because it seems “too easy. Carol says:
…my feeling about that is ‘Well if this is placebo, bring it on.’ I spent years and years and years and years and years and years and years and years not getting a response to any of the migraine treatments that I went through and I tried everything. But you have people for example light sensitivity is a very, very common symptom of migraine but also of head injury and it’s amazing to have somebody walk in [for] one treatment, they come back the second time and they’re not wearing dark glasses anymore and that’s not placebo.
My own experience of working with people with NeurOptimal® neurofeedback and brain injuries is that positive changes occur quite quickly. Those who are taking medications may be able to reduce dosage or number of prescriptions, and sometimes eliminate medication completely.
You may have read in the news about football and repeated concussions. Neurofeedback is making a difference there, too. Read about that in this CBS Denver article, Former Broncos Seek Concussion Relief through Neurofeedback.
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Catherine Boyer, MA, LSCW
New York Neurofeedback