neurocognitive biofeedback

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bioman85, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. bioman85

    bioman85 New Member

    Anyone ever hear of or try this?

    From a news site:

    Fibromyalgia is a frustrating condition for both doctors and patients.

    It's difficult to diagnose and treat.

    But a new therapy helps patients regain some function by targeting their brains.

    It was the simple tasks, like balancing a checkbook, that confused Melissa Noll the most a while back.

    "I thought I might have early stages of Alzheimer's," says Melissa.

    But Melissa's memory problems were a symptom of something else -- Fibromyalgia -- a chronic condition that causes pain and fatigue.

    "I've lived in this area 15 years and I couldn't find my way to the bank," she says.

    This therapy helped Melissa find her way. It's called neurocognitive biofeedback. Dr. Myra Preston uses it on patients with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    "What we found was rather fascinating. In fact, we discovered that it's as if their brains are functioning in reverse," says Dr. Preston.

    Neurofeedback corrects the brain's electrical functions by altering brainwaves. Patients are hooked up to electrodes that actually monitor the brainwaves. When they concentrate and focus, the waves function normally and video-game like displays deliver "rewards" in the form of sight and sound.

    "We truly are rewarding the brain," says Dr. Preston.

    It's a promising treatment, in one study, patients had more than a 60-percent improvement in memory.

    "When we begin correcting the function of the brain, we begin to have an effect over all of the body systems," says Dr. Preston.

    Dr. Preston also developed a technique called brain mapping to determine which patients are candidates for neurofeedback.

    "Did I look slower today?" Melissa asks the doctor.

    It helped diagnose Melissa's condition and neurofeedback helped treat it.

    "It's like I'm getting my old self back," she says.

    With a little help from her brain.

    Neurocognitive biofeedback is also being used for patients with other conditions like ADHD, autism, stroke and Alzheimer's.

    The cost is about 140-dollars for an hour session and is sometimes covered by insurance.

    Patients have between 30 and 40 sessions.

    Dr. Preston works out of Siber Imaging in North Carolina, which can be reached at xxxxxxxxxxx

    You'll find more information at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  2. orachel

    orachel New Member

    My Physical Medicine doc suggested this. He recommended a psychologist who often uses biofeedback to manage pain and stress symptoms. I haven't been yet, but another of my docs said basically that biofeedback was similar to the concept of a "mood ring" in the sense that it measures levels of pain/stress that you feel at any given time, and then "rewards" you with sounds when you begin to calm down or de-stress. I'm interested because it seems like a good way to actually document the massive pain levels I'm feeling. I know I hurt, but I like the idea of having medical documentation for others who act like I'm a big crybaby. For me, as long as I go to the therapist who does biofeedback and is in my ins plan, its covered by insurance.
  3. deliarose

    deliarose New Member

    I recently went to see a CFS specialist in N.Carolina (Charles Lapp) and he recommended I do this with Dr. Preston if poss.... if not,then with someone in-state.

    I live in Illinois. Have not pursued it yet. But AM encouraged to hear good things about it.

  4. deliarose

    deliarose New Member

    how would one go about finding a local practitioner?
  5. bioman85

    bioman85 New Member

    Did you find that it helped you out with your brain fog and mental functioning?

  6. orachel

    orachel New Member

    Is neurofeedback different than biofeedback? Which one sounds like the one I described in my post? Trying to figure out what the difference is, and how to go about figuring out which docs use which techniques. Any insight, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
  7. deliarose

    deliarose New Member

    How did u find yr practitioner?