On this episode of HealthMade Radio Dr. Michael Karlfeldt discusses Neurofeedback with Dr. Siegfried Othmer. Dr. Siegfried Othmer and Susan F. Othmer have been involved with neurofeedback since 1985. The initial impetus was the brain-training of their son Brian for his seizure disorder. The training was life-transforming for their son, which redirected their professional lives to the further development of neurofeedback as well as to the promotion of its public acceptance.
On this episode Learn:
- What are Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?
- What is an EEG?
- How Frequencies govern our movement and sleep/mood cycles
CONDITIONS THAT CAN IMPROVE WITH NEUROFEEDBACK
- Migraine: A brain pain that can be improved with neurofeedback with a 90% success rate
- Trauma: Reteaching the brain from childhood trauma and dysfunctional brain patterns such as anxiety, depression
- PMS: a brain dysfunction causing physical symptoms
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also called Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback, is a brain training that uses both computer and EEG technology to help our brains perform optimally. Many conditions may be a result of our brains not functioning at their best, and neurofeedback helps our brain train to regain its optimal function.
It seems that our brains require the ability to transition to and from various mental states to perform specific tasks many times throughout the day. These states correspond to the production of particular EEG wavelengths. Problems in the form of unwanted symptoms occur when the brain becomes “stuck” in a particular state. This can be observed in depression (often observed as an imbalance of excessive slow-wave activity), as well as stress and anxiety (disproportionate fast-wave activity), by way of example. Healthy brains retain the ability to flexibly move from state to state when called upon to do so. Neurofeedback can train the brain towards increased flexibility and reduced “stuckness.”
Neurofeedback utilizes the brains resilience
Healthy brains also exhibit traits of resilience, that is, the ability to ‘bounce back’ from difficult life circumstances, lack of sleep, and exposure to harmful substances.
Neurofeedback can also train the brain to become more resilient against neurological consequences associated with these, and other kinds of undesirable conditions.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN NEUROFEEDBACK HELP?
- Trauma and PTSD
- Mood regulation, particularly in autism and Borderline Personality Disorder
- Chronic pain management
- Hypervigilance and racing thoughts
- Stomach and Gastrointestinal issues
- Cognitive impairment and Dementias
- Stress Reduction
- General wellbeing and overall health
More About Dr. Othmer
Since 1985 Dr. Siegfried Othmer has been engaged in the development of research-grade instrumentation for EEG feedback, and since 1987 has been involved in the research of clinical applications utilizing that instrumentation. Currently, he is Chief Scientist at the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, CA. From 1987 to 2000 he was President of EEG Spectrum, and until 2002 served as Chief Scientist of EEG Spectrum International. Dr. Othmer provides training for professionals in EEG biofeedback and presents research findings in professional forums.
Dr. Othmer was President of the Neurofeedback Division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback over the two-year period of 2011-2013. Presently he is a member of the Board of the Western Association of Biofeedback and Neuroscience (formerly the Biofeedback Society of California).