I am working with PD clients that are having very significant
improvements with the use of Neurofeedback. These clients are doing
yoga again, riding bikes again, playing instruments again, walking
faster than their spouses again, thinking clearly again, smiling
again, getting their voices back and their lives back. If you are
suffering from the symptoms of PD, please give this a try. If
neurofeedback does not achieve significant changes for you I will not
Check out the videos below sent to me by a client that was diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago. Please watch the entire video as he builds up to different skills. When he began working with me he struggled with walking, he struggled with talking, and he was losing his spirit. He starting doing Neurofeedback with me in July, 2015 and after about 10 sessions he started being able to ride his bike again. To date he has done 21 total sessions of neurofeedback. He has remained on his medications that are prescribed to him with one reduction in dosage by his doctor this past January. If you would like to talk to him give me a call and I'm sure he would be happy to talk to you about his experiences. It's important to know that this is not some anomoly. Across the country, we are seeing significant changes with clients doing Neurofeedback that have been diagnosed with Parkinson's.
In 2009, I met a couple from the UK at an English tea house in Vancouver, B.C. They asked what brought me to Canada, and I explained that I was there for the 2nd International Conference on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to deliver a speech on “grieving the loss of self”. Upon hearing this, the woman explained that this was how she felt as a result of living with Parkinson’s disease, especially because she had not yet found a treatment that had helped her symptoms. I asked her if she had tried neurofeedback. As a neurofeedback practitioner myself, I have seen results using this type of treatment with a wide range of brain disorders. She was somewhat skeptical, but very interested, and asked if it was possible to help her remotely. I was able to work with her remotely using neurofeedback and saw great results in the management of her PD symptoms.
As I mentioned, this woman was a bit skeptical about neurofeedback. If it was so effective, then why had she never heard of it before, and why had her doctors not recommended it to her? As far as why neurofeedback is not widely known or used, I have written many blogs about this. In my opinion, it is because the collective group of manufacturers, as an industry, have not marketed themselves correctly. Eight years ago, I gave a speech at Future Health, which was a conference and forum for the field of neurofeedback. At that conference I presented an in-depth, step-by-step method of informing the medical, education, rehabilitation, and general public about neurofeedback, how it works, and which areas have proven research. However, it fell on deaf ears those 8 years ago, and still, unfortunately, today most people have very little knowledge about the efficacy of neurofeedback in treating many conditions, including Parkinson’s disease.
While the leading medical centers have conducted extensive clinical trials for medication and other methods for Parkinson’s disease, to my knowledge, they have yet to conduct trials exploring the use of neurofeedback in PD. There are, however, thousands of case studies. Research has been done in the field, through ISNR (link is external) and AAPB (link is external).
Despite all of the case studies and research, however, it seems that most neurologists and primary care physicians are still not aware of neurofeedback. Going back to the woman from the UK with Parkinson’s disease. In her case, after about 40 sessions of neurofeedback, there was significant improvement in her symptoms, including balance, tremor, mask face, and especially sleep. I do truly believe in an integrative approach, however, and so along with neurofeedback, there were nutritional changes, water therapy, and hypnosis in conjunction with the neurofeedback. I do not believe that changing brain dysregulation alone can work without making some very important life changes, such as eliminating sugar as much as possible from your diet. I do not claim that I’ve done clinical trials on this matter or that I have treated a vast population of people with Parkinson’s disease with neurofeedback over my 40 years in practice. However, after seeing my patient’s symptoms improve with this treatment, I thought that this was very valuable information to share.
I would not say that neurofeedback cures this disease, however, it does help to manage the wide variety of symptoms, allowing a person with Parkinson’s disease to experience an improvement in symptoms, and overall to enjoy a better quality of life.
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