"When medical tests do not explain the degree of pain reported by a patient, they are often told, in one way or another, that the pain is in their head.
This is actually the case... but not in the way they mean it."
- Dr. Mitchell Sadar, PhD Psychologist at Sadar Psychological and Sports Center
Drug Free Relief from Chronic Pain
Sounds too good to be true - but it's not.
Our understanding of chronic pain has changed over the years. Traditional Western medicine views new concepts and treatments with well guarded optimism. Chronic pain sufferers are more than eager to adopt any new method of treatment that enhances their hope of relief and healing.
Modern theories suggest that someone can have a visible source of injury (for example, a herniated disc) and not experience pain. Conversely, there are millions of chronic pain suffers whose physicians are unable to locate a specific source or reason for the experienced pain. Chronic pain actively involves the brain. As the brain adjusts to the on-going emergency in the body, it can develop habits that make the pain feel worse.
We use Biofeedback to Reduce and Eliminate Chronic Pain Caused by Migraines, Fibromyalgia, RSD, and Undiagnosed Causes.
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity, such as brainwaves, heart function, muscle activity, and skin temperature. Over time, these changes can endure without the continued use of an instrument.
In addition to biofeedback, we offer restorative yoga to support all of the work you to lessen your pain.
- We offer proven alternatives to prescription drugs
- We are leaders in the field in using neurofeedback to treat your pain. Our clinicians and technicians have already helped many individuals struggling with chronic pain, migraines, back pain, RSD and fibromyalgia. Angelika and Mitch presented a workshop on the use of qEEG and ERP analysis in the treatment of chronic pain at the Fall, 2013 Conference of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society held in Albany, New York.
- Recent technology and research has made it clear that to treat your pain, you need to treat your brain. The brain is critically involved in the experience of pain. With both acute and chronic pain, finding ways to calm the reactivity of the brain helps to alleviate the pain experience.
Neurofeedback can Relieve Chronic Pain
Recent research is indicating that the same pathways in the brain that transmit physical pain signals also transmit emotional pain signals. Consequently, things like depression, anxiety, stress, etc., can intensify the pain experience.
Neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback makes it possible to train the brain to decrease it’s over activity in areas associated with pain. As the activity in the pain region reduces, the patient's pain reduces as well.
Using neurofeedback to treat pain is the most progressive, non-invasive methods of pain treatment. The method can be used in addition to other treatments.
"Before neurofeedback therapy, I used to get very bad headaches all the time. When the pediatrician at CHOP recommended biofeedback, we looked up Dr. Sadar and went for a visit. I have been doing biofeedback for 3 months now and my headaches are almost gone, plus I sleep better!
It is very nice to have a headache free summer!"
- 12 year old girl
You don’t have to have kids to know of the latest must-have toy that has been selling out worldwide-the fidget spinner. This toy has driven parents crazy, as they are asked (or pestered if we are being honest here) to trek all over toy stores and convenience stores to find this popular item. So is that spinner in your child’s hand the latest fad or a device that can improve his/her attention?
WHAT IS A FIDGET SPINNER?
This toy is made up of three arms joined in the middle by a spinning disk. The idea is that this toy can keep a person’s hands busy which then, in turn, helps their mind remain focused on the topic or task at hand.
THE BENEFITS OF THE FIDGET SPINNER
- Those diagnosed with ADHD have seen results in improved concentration and cognitive performance-when “fidgeting.”
- Children performed better on assigned tasks when able to fidget, than those that could not.
- Children, with ADHD, could better think through and solve problems, when fidgeting
- They are unobtrusive and don’t make noise
There are many alternative treatments for people with ADHD that do not require medication. Sadar Psychological and Sports Center offers a more natural path that is proven to be effective for over 85% of people with ADHD. Neurofeedback (one of the services we provide) can improve the ability to focus, regulated behavior, and decrease impulsivity when trained on a consistent schedule. For more information, visit our site at http://www.sadarpsych.com/adhd/.
CAN FIDGETS BE A DISTRACTION?
While there are benefits to owning a fidget spinner, especially for children diagnosed with ADHD or other attention deficits, there is a downside. Fidgets have become a distraction in the classroom-as anyone can purchase this new fad. Fidgets have been thrown in classrooms or used as collectibles for trading at inappropriate times. This has caused a disturbance in the classroom, and some school districts have even gone as far as altogether banning these toys.
WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF FIDGETS IN THE CLASSROOM?
- Kept in a basket or some container to hand out to children who have attention problems.
- Students can use them when taking a test or working on various assignments where focus is needed.
- Works well in mainstream classrooms-as they are discreet and don’t make any noise. Students who don’t want to draw attention to themselves would prefer these types of toys.
SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD A FIDGET?
Not every fidget is appropriate for school and not every child will benefit from this popular item. Parents should have their children test out a few different items (maybe while they’re doing homework) and see what fidget best fits the child’s needs.
CONSIDERATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND
- How big is the fidget?
- Does it have any sharp edges or other dangerous attachments?
- Is it quiet?
- What is the school’s policy on fidget spinners?
* National Resource Center on ADHD. (2017, June 15). Are Fidget Toys Just a Popular Fad? ADHD Weekly. Retrieved from http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/ADHD-Weekly/Article.aspx?id=338