At age 40 w, Alan began dealing with a frozen shoulder and bouts of depression. After a few years, with worsening and increasing symptoms, his mother suggested he see a doctor about possible Parkinson’s Disease. By this time, his symptoms included problems with gait while walking and an even deeper depression, and this led him to make a decision to take early retirement from his long time career. Over the next year after his diagnosis, he tried everything he could to get relief, from changes in diet, to yoga and other exercises, and medications. Some modes of treatment worked better than others, and some were effective for longer periods of time than others.
Alan found a support group online and during one of the chat sessions, he learned about Neurofeedback. He went to his doctor, and together they researched and found this to be an effective treatment for the motor problems he experiencing. Since Parkinson’s is chronic and progressive, he set upon an intensive treatment plan for daily neurofeedback sessions. After about 6 months of treatment, he began to see some improvement in his tremors and his depression. He continues in treatment along with counseling, and he has found that his gait continues to improve. He realized that having Parkinson’s is a long-term journey for him. Neurofeedback cannot stop the degenerative process associated with this disease, but it can delay the onset of more severe symptoms and even reduce some of the symptoms initially presented.
Of course, not every patient who undergoes neurofeedback training experiences this drastic of a result. However, we do find improved outcomes in approximately 85 to 90 percent of our clients. Consistency in treatment and a positive attitude are important for success.