Neurofeedback for IBS

"Our son is now doing unbelievably well. He is doing great health wise and his track season has gotten off to an astonishing start. He had a very strong first meet about a month ago. Got his PR in the 800 by almost 2 seconds under last year's time - not bad for a first race of the year... As we were driving home today he was reflecting on the meet and just said "man, all that stuff that Dr. Mary did with me is making such a huge difference. You should have seen how my nerves turned into adrenaline before the race yesterday!"

- Testimony from a Mother of a 17 y/o track star who was debilitated with IBS before beginning Bio- and Neurofeedback treatment.

Neurofeedback for IBS

Individuals who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may experience a range of symptoms, from mild annoyance to severe, debilitating distress. Symptoms can range from chronic, mild dysregulation of gut motility to episodes of diarrhea or constipation that incapacitate the patient and cause loss of time at work, withdrawal from family activities, and even hospitalization. It is estimated that about 20% of North Americans suffer from IBS, with twice as many women than men diagnosed each year.

Research in neuroscience has revealed that the intestinal tract and the brain are intimately related in terms of hormonal activity and autonomic nervous system connections. This is referred to as the "Gut-Brain Connection." Individuals with IBS frequently present with evidence of abnormal high frequency brain wave activity in the frontal lobes where emotional regulation occurs.

These unbalanced brain waves can be altered with Neurofeedback training (see box on right) to correct the abnormal activity and either partially or completely relieve the symptoms of IBS.

Neurotherapy begins with a brain mapping procedure to locate the sources of unbalanced brain wave activity. Following this, training begins and may last for 10 to 15 sessions. Each session may last for 30-40 minutes. We use symptom checklists, clinical history and patient reports to assess the progress of treatment.

At Northern California Neurotherapy patient satisfaction is our primary goal. We will work with your GI Docs to create a treatment plan that will optimize your outcome and ensure symptom alleviation.

Neurofeedback Procedure for Relieving IBS Discomfort and Pain

Neurofeedback treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a way of learning how to control your brain's electrical activity in order to alleviate the distress of IBS. Neurofeedback can significantly reduce or even eliminate IBS symptoms and painful sensations in patients who have an underlying dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System ("Fight/Flight/Freeze" emotional response).

The technique is simple and painless: Brainwave sensors are attached to the scalp at strategic locations and the information from the brain is processed digitally with sophisticated computer programs. Audio or visual displays give feedback to the patient about the frequency and amplitude of the brain activities that are implicated in IBS sensations. Music or video feedback allows the patient to become successful in changing the brain wave patterns and as a result, the IBS is greatly relieved or eliminated.

In addition to Neurofeedback, we also incorporate biofeedback techniques to assist in relieving IBS sensations.

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