We were proud to participate in the 2012 Ticketstock show this past weekend. It was great fun hanging out with all the professional athletes, getting pictures taken with old and new stars, and getting the chance to meet some genuinely interesting people from all walks of life. The best part is that these folks aren’t looking for the magic pill, or a silver bullet to improve their performance in life. In short, they’re our kind of people.
Our goal in attending the show was to create awareness of biofeedback and neurofeedback, and the far-reaching impacts they can have on your life. You may be asking what a star athlete and child have in common. Neurofeedback and biofeedback give them the tools and ability to improve their mental and physical performance. Research shows a high level of Biofeedback’s clinical efficacy for all kinds of neurological problems that range from ADHD, anxiety, to adult headaches, chronic pain, and addiction.
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, it was shown how biofeedback and neurofeedback can improve the management of the body’s stress response. Various athletes were trained to self regulate their physiological states by slowing their breath and synchronizing their heart rate, putting the body in a state of recovery. They were trained to take their brain from a calm state to a focused state, and vice versa. These are tools that can be used in the highest levels of competition, or in everyday life.
In many ways, everyday life can be a state of competition for many of us. We can’t seem to get our “busy brain” to calm down when we need it to. Or, we can’t seem to come out of the fog that surrounds us every day, which stops us from doing what we need and want to do, whether it be with our families, school, or on the job. If your brain is over activated, under activated, or both, it is neurologically imbalanced. To put it simply, the brain can’t do its job.
“Why me?”, you might ask yourself, laying awake at night. “Why do I have to work 3 times harder than my friends, but I still can’t seem to get ahead”? Sound familiar? If you had a head injury you may have changed the wiring in the brain. If you have a family history of the problems you are experiencing, it could be genetics. Your brain waves can be as much a result of genetics as your height or hair color.
The good news is that you can change your psychophysiological state of being. You can teach both the brain and autonomic nervous system (lungs and heart) to self regulate. You can create your own balanced state. Even better, it can happen over a few months of hard work. We encourage each patient to do some inward reflection. Pay attention to your breath, and rank your anxiety on a piece of paper on a scale of one to ten. Then slow it down to 4 – 7 breathes a minute, concentrating on your breath. Then rank your anxiety level, and see how much calmer you feel. This is just a quick example of the powerful tie between mind and body, between psychological and physiological states. Try to find a few minutes each day to get the brain in a relaxed alert state using this exercise. If you would like to take a step further, try www.lumosity.com for a week (for free!), and see what you can do to improve your focus or your memory. Begin to take some simple states to improve your performance in your everyday life!
Visit our website www.cognitivebehaviordisorderscenter.com and learn more about what you can do to take control of your life, hone your mind and body, and be the best you can be.
That is our wish for all of you.
In the words of St. Augustine, “The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.”