Abstract: The primary goal of the present research is to study the effect of a neurofeedback training (NFT) period on balance problems associated with Parkinson’s disease. Sixteen patients were selected through purposive sampling and were randomly divided into experimental and control groups. The research procedure included eight sessions. Prior to and after training, pre-tests and post-tests of static and dynamic balance were administered using ‘‘limit of stability’’ for the Biodex as well as the Berg scale. The results revealed that, after neurofeedback training, a statistically significant improvement in both static and dynamic balance in the experimental group was achieved. The means of the Biodex and Berg scores in the experimental group increased from 18.87 to 42.87 and 17.62 to 46.37, respectively. The means of the Biodex and Berg scores in the control group in the pretest were 18.25 and 17.75 and increased to 20.00 and 20.50, respectively. The results suggest that NFT can improve static and dynamic balance in PD patients.
The application of infrared light stimulation to treat the underlying disease processes in dementia are readily explained in this excellent review paper by Michael Hamblin. I think there is now ample support for seeing this as an effective noninvasive, non-drug treatment especially when combined with brainwave biofeedback and functional medicine as described by Dale Bredesen and those following his model of treatment. Quietmind Fdn. has long promoted this tripartite treatment approach in our clinic and in our consultation with other providers and clinics around the world.
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