Brain Training for ADD/ADHD
A DOCTOR'S PERSONAL QUEST TO HELP
Dr. JoJo Yonce has been practicing chiropractic for 13 years, when his daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Not liking the options the medical community presented to his family, he went on a personal search for non-invasive, drug-free ways to help his daughter.
His research led him to neurofeedback, which he discovered not only met his criteria, but surprisingly had four decades of university-level research supporting its efficacy. Since then, Yonce has given up his chiropractic practice to exclusively practice neurofeedback and related Brain Training and Brain Health therapies and procedures.
Another term for neurofeedback is EEG (electroencephalograph) biofeedback. Just like an EKG/ECG (electrocardiogram) reads the electrical activity of your heart, the EEG reads the electrical activity of your brain. Not only is neurofeedback non-invasive and drug-free, it has a very high success rate in helping kids with Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Challenges.
Since discovering the effectiveness and safety of neurofeedback with his own daughter, who was his first Brain Training patient, Yonce's mission is now to get the word out that there is a safe and effective alternative to help our children become more of who they are, and to be a part of the solution in finding a drug-free, non-invasive solution to the difficulties experienced with ADD/ADHD and other learning challenges.
"At Asheville Brain Training, we have the ability to do a preliminary brain mapping evaluation and determine where there is any dysregulation in the brainwave patterns, which could be either causing or associated with certain symptoms," according to Yonce. "From this brain mapping, we can then determine where the brain wave dysregulation is, so we know the optimum place, and the optimal way, to train the brain."
Yonce uses a 19-point QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) to determine if someone even has dysregulation, and would therefore benefit from neurofeedback. "Conversely, our initial and continual incorporation of the brain mapping evaluation, or QEEG, allows us to train your brain exactly where it needs it from the very beginning, and to monitor the ongoing changes in an objective way."
Yonce uses therapies and procedures that help support the neurofeedback, which is usually the primary component of the customized plans he creates. He uses an AVE (audio-visual-entrainment) Unit, which involves flashing glasses and a binaural beat headphone system. Yonce performs a special testing involving reading the brainwaves while playing different frequencies of light and sound to precisely determine the most effective frequencies that can be used as therapy. This specialized test, as well as the Brain Mapping, is done in-house at the Arden office.
Other adjunctive types of biofeedback Yonce employs involve allowing the client to become more aware of their breathing, heart rate variability, anxiety, or nervousness levels. "Once we can help a client's brain to become aware of where the body is holding onto stuck physiological patterns by using the appropriate biofeedback methods, then things can begin shifting and the neurofeedback or brain training can progress faster," Yonce explains.
While Yonce's initial focus years ago was helping children with ADD/ADHD and Learning Difficulties, "About half of our clients today are adults," he says, "who come in for help with a range of situations that respond well to a better-regulated and a better-functioning brain. Anxiety, Depression, and ADD...Adults have ADD as well; they just learn strategies over time to help minimize the life effects. But we absolutely see big changes with adults as well."
Neurofeedback is also commonly used to help brain regulation, which often helps symptoms associated with:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Certain Chronic Pain Issues
- Addiction Disorders
- Tension Headaches
BrainCore Therapy can be specifically used to create more brain regulation, which often helps with symptoms such as:
- Focus Issues
- Anger Issues
- Memory Loss
- Post-Stroke Recovery
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Anxiety Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Headaches (migraine, tension)
- Peak Performance
"One of the untapped potentiasl for neurofeedback is its use for peak performance, or allowing the brain/body to perform quicker and better due to increased brainwave regulations," says Yonce. "In fact, the recent USA Women's Beach Volleyball gold medalists used neurofeedback as part of their training regimen."
Does BrainCore Therapy hurt? The answer is no...nothing is ever put into your body in terms of shocks or electricity. The EEG instrument simply reads the brainwaves that are already there and feeds it into the computer so that the brain can observe itself in real time, with both auditory and visual feedback, and to see how balanced is is in that very moment. This self-observation over time is what creates new connections and new pathways in the brain. The result is that the brainwaves become more ordered and the brain begins to function better in that area, exactly where it needs it the most.
"Our children are our future," he concludes. "We cannot expect to treat them or drug them into a way of behaving or acting, and then expect them to shine and be who they are. If we look out 50 years, 100 years, what are we creating? I believe that modern medicine holds a place, but do you want it to be your first choice when there is another option that is safe, non-invasive and has no side effects? In fact, in February 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognized neurofeedback as being 'as effective' as medication for addressing ADHD."
You can visit Yonce at his office, Asheville Brain Training, 2124 Hendersonville Road, Arden, where you will find the only authorized BrainCore Therapy clinic in WNC. Yonce has 20 years of experience in the healthcare world, and he offers consultations at no charge to answer any questions you may have and to help you assess your situation. BrainCore Therapy, and other plans available at Asheville Brain Training, are powerful programs for achieving brain health and can be used with a variety of other methods.
Dr. Yonce can be reached at www.AshevilleBrainTraining.com, or 828-375-0002.