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Understanding Neurofeedback Therapy

How Does Neurofeedback Therapy Work?

Neurofeedback utilizes gentle brain stimulation in conjunction with electroencephalography (EEG), a clinical tool that measures the brain’s electrical activity. This method is at the forefront of noninvasive treatments, offering a tailored approach to mental health care. By accurately mapping the brain’s activity, neurofeedback allows for a highly personalized therapeutic experience, distinguishing itself from traditional methods by focusing on the individual’s specific brainwave patterns.

The strength of neurofeedback lies in its ability to adjust these patterns toward healthier functioning without the need for medication or surgical procedures. This innovative approach not only addresses symptoms directly related to mental health disorders but also empowers patients by involving them actively in their treatment process. As a result, neurofeedback stands as a cutting-edge solution, promising a future where mental wellness can be achieved with precision and gentleness, making it a compelling option for those seeking alternative treatments.

If you are interfest in learning how Neurofeedback Therapy could help you, contact Advanced Wellness and Pain in Scottsdale, AZ, and schedule your consultation today.

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What to Expect During a Session

A typical session begins with the application of sensors on the head and neck to gauge brain electrical activity via an EEG unit. The EEG unit transmits signals to a computer, which then sends low-intensity pulses back through the EEG unit to the brain. This process disrupts irregular brain wave patterns while encouraging the formation of healthier ones, resulting in the reduction of symptoms associated with unhealthy brain waves. Although improvements in brain wave patterns can be observed and documented through EEG, the system’s functionality does not rely on EEG mapping.

During a neurofeedback session, after the initial setup with sensors, patients can expect a comfortable and attentive monitoring process. Throughout the session, individuals may be asked to engage in specific tasks or relax as the system works to recalibrate brain activity. Feedback on brain wave patterns is often provided in real-time through visual or auditory signals, allowing patients to actively participate in their treatment. This biofeedback mechanism helps in making subtle adjustments to promote optimal brain function, fostering a collaborative and empowering environment between the patient and the therapist.

Session Frequency

The number of sessions required varies from individual to individual. While some may notice benefits after just a few sessions, sustained effects typically necessitate multiple sessions. For adults, a typical series comprises 10-20 sessions, whereas youth often require fewer. Initial improvements may be temporary, but as sessions accumulate, the duration of improvements tends to increase. Encouragingly, results usually endure and improve over time.

To tailor the neurofeedback experience further, it’s important for patients to understand that the path to improved brain health is a process that evolves over time. Personalized treatment plans, developed in consultation with a therapist, often adjust session frequency based on observed progress and individual response to therapy. This dynamic approach ensures that each patient’s journey toward mental wellness is optimized for their unique needs. Regular evaluations help in refining these plans, ensuring that the therapy remains responsive and effective, thus maximizing the potential for long-lasting mental health benefits.


Neurofeedback's Potential Benefits

The brain, a complex bioelectrical system comprising billions of neurons, governs all aspects of human experience, from thoughts and sensations to emotions and movements. While a single neuron firing is undetectable through EEG, the synchronized firing of billions of neurons generates detectable bioelectric energy waves known as brain waves.

Healthy brain waves are characterized by balance and predictability, with appropriate wave patterns occurring at appropriate times. Conversely, brain imbalances arising from injury or stress can manifest in various symptoms such as depression, chronic pain, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, and lack of focus.

Neurofeedback’s effectiveness lies in its capacity to disrupt unhealthy brain wave patterns and promote the development of new, healthy ones. Analogous to rebooting a computer, this process encourages the brain to reset and establish healthier patterns.

Discover Neurofeedback Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ

Are you ready to enhance your mental well-being and unlock your potential? Neurofeedback Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ, offers a path to improved cognitive function, stress reduction, and overall mental health. Don’t wait to start your journey towards a healthier mind with neurofeedback therapy.

 Contact us today to schedule your first session and experience the transformative effects of neurofeedback therapy. Let us help you live your best life—your mind deserves it!

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James T. Leathem, DO

Dr. James Leathem is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor of science in marketing management with minors in sociology and communications. He obtained his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Michigan State University and its affiliated McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

In 2015, after residency, Dr. Leathem returned to Arizona to practice anesthesiology. He joined Red Mountain Anesthesiologists and worked primarily at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, performing 100% of his own cases. He was made partner in the group after demonstrating 3 years of anesthesia excellence and administering over 4,000 anesthetics. In 2019, a corporate change occurred and an opportunity presented itself in which he was able to transition out of the hospital to surgery center and clinic-based anesthesia.

Dr. Leathem realizes that the only constant in life is change. In 2020, amidst the global pandemic, his career took a different direction. This change led him to collaborate with Dr. Wong and Dr. Sharma and they founded Advanced Wellness and Pain (AWAP). Their mission is to provide a variety of state-of-the-art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Leathem believes that we are all a work in progress and that each day, one should strive to make positive changes in their life. He is here to help empower each patient on their journey to be their best self and live their best life. When you are being cared for by Dr. Leathem, you can be assured that he will give you his undivided attention and time.

Gregory Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. He did his undergraduate training at the University of California at Davis, Davis, California; doctorate training at The University of Health Sciences of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; and his post-doctoral training at the Integrated Program at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. He has spent his whole 24-year career practicing in Arizona.

Dr. Wong grew up in the Bay Area of California. He is married and is raising three daughters. At the early age of 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a physician. His love of the human spirit, intrigue of human physiology, and compassion for human suffering led him to the path of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Wong realizes patients need a holistic biophysical-mental-spiritual care. This philosophy has brought him to the studies of regenerative medicine and infusion therapies. He has firsthandily witnessed the overwhelming success of these therapies for treating chronic pain and depression and the return of patients of “life-functionality.”

“There has never been a time more important than now to advocate for our patients in these difficult times. We owe it to our patients to offer these state-of-the-art treatment modalities that weren’t available before.”

Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharma is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He completed three degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA: a Bachelor in Finance, a Master in Business Administration, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete residency at the Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospital System in New York, NY and post-graduate fellowship at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Sharma is committed to treating his patients as a whole with a comprehensive biophysical-mental-spiritual approach. He is a lifelong learner and is constantly researching cutting-edge therapies backed by scientific studies. He has taken a particular interest in regenerative and infusion therapies after witnessing firsthand their significant benefits on those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation.