His teacher said the changes have been transformational.” Mother of an 8 year old boy who received neurotherapy to help with attention and reduce anxiety. As a result of this transformation his standardized test scores have dramatically improved and he is now eligible for advanced classes.
“Thank you. You’ve given me back my peace of mind.” Mother of 10 year old who completed neurofeedback for academic and behavior problems.
“I’m starting to feel like my old self again.” Iraqi war veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
“For the first time in my life I’m finally starting to feel like I have control of my emotions.” Scientist and mother treated for anxiety.
“I expected his reading score to increase by 5 points. He increased his score by 22 points.” Mother of 10 year old boy treated to improve attention.
Bobby’s Story: From Failing Grades and Behavior Problems to Model Student with a 3.4 GPA
Bobby began having behavior problems early in school, getting in trouble for stealing and lying, and once, when in the 3rd grade, was expelled for hitting the principle. Soon after, he was seen by a psychiatrist and diagnosed with ADHD and depression. He was prescribed a stimulant medication and Prozac. He initially showed some improvements in behavior but his mother was concerned about how the medication dampened down his normally bubbly and outgoing personality.
After several months of taking the stimulant medication his behavior became more aggressive. He got into trouble for fighting with kids at school and was being mean to his siblings. He was also asked to leave an after school program he enjoyed because of behavior problems there. Aggressive behavior is now recognized as a side effect of stimulant medication. However, Bobby’s psychiatrist added a third medication to control aggression: Trileptal – a major psychotropic medication usually used to treat seizures or bipolar disorder.
When Bobby came to see me he was 10.5 years old and by this time had been on medications for more than three years. His behavior problems were not as frequent, but still serious when they occurred. He’d recently lost the privilege of riding the school bus after physically harassing another student on the bus. He was failing most of his classes but was showing some new motivation to do better academically in an effort to participate in school sports.
Our first step was to look at Bobby’s brain by measuring his EEG activity at five different locations. These initial measurements immediately showed that Bobby was a poor candidate for stimulant medications. ADHD is usually associated with too much slow wave (theta) activity in the frontal regions of the brain. Bobby’s brain was just the opposite. Even without stimulant medication his brain was making too much fast wave activity – especially in the area at the front and center of his brain, above the anterior cyngulate. This excessive fast wave activity provided an immediate explanation of why Bobby was reacting aggressively and also explained his tendency toward severe obsessive compulsive behaviors. Two different EEG patterns associated with depression were also clearly evident. Bobby had excessive fast wave activity in the occipital area at the back of his brain which can cause depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. He also had much stronger EEG activity in the right prefrontal cortex when compared to the left. Several published studies have documented the association between this kind of frontal imbalance and depression. I encouraged Bobby’s mother to share these findings with their psychiatrist and consider weaning Bobby from stimulant medications. After a few sessions of neurofeedback Bobby accidently missed a dose of his stimulant medication and his mother observed that he did just fine without it. After this they began gradually reducing his dose.
We continued neurofeedback and Bobby’s behavior began to improve dramatically. In fact, once he began neurofeedback he has not had another discipline incident at school and has since returned to enjoy activities at the after school program he was forced to leave before. His mood also began to improve and his mother noticed that he was again becoming the vibrant and bubbly child she had enjoyed so much before medications were started. She spoke with the psychiatrist and they began titrating Bobby off the Prozac and Trileptal. He was off all medications before completing neurofeedback treatment.
In order to make sure we addressed the behavior and academic difficulties, depression, and OCD, Bobby completed about 60 sessions of neurofeedback. That’s more than typically required but it’s made a huge difference for Bobby. He’s been through an entire year of school with no more discipline problems, his grades have gone from failing to a 3.4 GPA, and he’s happy, and doing great. And he did all of this, just by allowing neurofeedback to teach his brain how to better regulate itself. At his last session his mother looked at me and smiled as she said, “Thank you. You’ve given me back my peace of mind.”
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LENS Neurofeedback for Chronic Pain
LENS Neurofeedback also works on the body and can be very effective in treating chronic pain. Body LENS treatments are included with neurotherapy at no additional charge. Dr. Streetman’s clients have reported relief from lower back pain, sciatica, shin splints, carpal tunnel symptoms, digestive problems, and post operative pain. Please note that while Body LENS neurofeedback is experimental (no published studies demonstrating it’s effectiveness) this approach is widely used by LENS providers around the world and no negative side affects have been reported from the use of Body LENS. Like any form of treatment results vary. Body LENS can do amazing things for people. One client was so amazed with the results she volunteered to share her story:
I am a retired dental hygienist who practiced in the Tri-Cities for 40 years. The concept of ergonomic dentistry for the staff as well as the patient was far in the future. About 10 years before I retired I noticed that filing charts above my head was becoming painful and difficult especially when reaching my right arm above my head and holding it there for any length of time. After a visit with my primary care physician he suggested physical therapy. I followed that suggestion and did the exercises they suggested as maintenance.
As time progressed and dental charts became electronic I no longer had paper charts to file and the problem seemed to disappear. But, three years before retirement the symptoms in my right shoulder returned with a vengeance and spread up the right side of my neck. I did physical therapy again, and also explored chiropractic care, and massage therapy. I had no desire to take any long term medications such as anti-inflammatories or pain medications.
Retired for almost 3 years I was still having problematic pain while raising my right hand above my head and turning my head to the right, a big problem while driving and looking to merge into traffic! My mobility became so restricted that I moved all of the items to the lowest shelves in my kitchen cabinets so I would be able to reach them without so much pain.
This February my primary care physician strongly recommended an MRI. The results showed primary osteoarthritis of the right shoulder, bursitis, tendonitis, and a tear in the archaical tendon. He suggested surgery but couldn’t give much certainty about whether this would resolve the pain.
I began seeing Dr. Joe Streetman. He did a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of my complaint and suggested trying Body LENS treatment. He also couldn’t give much certainty but his treatment only required placing a few sensors around my shoulder and sitting passively for a few minutes while a computer read the signals from these sensors and delivered a very low energy radio signal back through the sensors. Dr. Streetman explained that this low energy signal could help by disrupting faulty or stuck pain signals and possibly improving circulation in the area. He assured me the risk of negative side effects was very low, and certainly much lower and less painful than surgery.
I had my first treatment and the results were almost immediate. My pain was significantly diminished and I could move my arm and neck with very little pain. The pain relief lasted for about two weeks and only returned after doing strenuous yard work. Something I wasn’t able to bear before the treatment. We did a follow up treatment, again with immediately noticeable improvement. I continue to see Dr Joe for Body LENS treatment whenever the pain begins to come back. The treatment has worked each time and the treatment also seems to last a bit longer each time. I can now go several weeks between sessions, mostly pain free. My mobility has improved dramatically. I can now use my arm for all the fun winter projects such as shoveling snow from our sidewalks, or taking care of my lawn in the summer. It’s really helped. I didn’t just get rid of the pain, I got back the independence the pain took away.