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Neurofeedback and Asthma: Is Asthma the undetected variable dragging out your cases?
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Futurehealth Plenary Talk by Molly Raaymakers. The domination of asthma in my Midwestern region plays a clear role in multiple Bi-polar, ADD/ADHD, Mood Disorder, Migraine and TMJ cases.

This presentation will look at an overview on cases utilizing Neurofeedback for detection and assistance with respiratory management to accelerate resolving outcomes

Understanding how to detect and assist with respiratory management, combined with Neurofeedback accelerates resolving outcomes. Left unmanaged, respiratory difficulties deteriorate sleep and undermine the effectiveness of neurofeedback training. Asthma can be detected with the assistance of EEG. Continuing neurofeedback allows follow-up EEG monitoring, provides clarity on mental health struggles, and offers resolution to clients who otherwise present as chronic and with limited responsiveness. Whether in the office or with additional use of a home training system, neurofeedback offers opportunity for significant relief and personal monitoring for the asthmatic client. Interlacing Neurofeedback to stabilize conditions and educate families; recognizing these respiratory cues verses emotional deficits has proven critical for many.

The percentage of allergy and asthma conditions is on the rise. Beta (23-38) plays a key cuing role in the suspicion of asthma as a factor in client?s emotional and/or cognitive presentation. Even with cases that do have common symptoms such as persistent dry coughs, I see emotional and cognitive "slips" within the EEG as well as on observation of client's presentation occurring 3-6 weeks prior to the onset of the psychical cough. With children in particular, these events concur with the start and end of the school year. Early August and mid-March are key environmental periods where the pollen count in Michigan accelerates. Allergy and asthmatic reactivity also accelerates, and not surprising so do referrals for neuropsychological evaluations, ADD/ADHD diagnosing, and prescribing of attention and mood managing medications.

Typically, these clients present with a history of mental health diagnostics and report little benefit to traditional management of their mental health symptoms. Clients responsiveness to Neurofeedback is either slow/ less efficient, or after achieving great progress regresses quickly during particular seasonal changes. This presentation will look at an overview on Asthma and cases where EEG provided detection for respiratory diagnosing with management and clarification to behavioral, cognitive and emotional re-occurring symptoms.


Author: Molly Raaymakers

Molly Raaymakers, MA, LLP has a private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She began as a Biofeedback Therapist for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Pain & Headache Program 1993. She joined S.M.M.M.H.C Wege Institute for Holistic Medicine in 1999, establishing her private practice in 2002.

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