Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder. For instance, in the United States currently, are around 6.4 million children diagnosed. The condition consists of three types, inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, or combined with the types intertwining with each other.
So, for many reasons, parents and patients strive to eliminate treatments with prescribed medicine. Therefore, they are more and more open to seeking alternative ways of treating ADHD.
When conducting qEEG tests and accumulating neurofeedback from affected individuals diagnosed with ADHD, it was shown that the patients naturally increase rather than decrease Delta activity when trying to focus. Delta waves are present when we are in the deepest sleep. Then making it impossible to complete any cognitive tasks or engage in deep thinking.
The efficiency of PEMF stimulation of ADHD patients
In 2004, scientists concluded the first clinical study implementing TENS treatment. Results showed positive effects of the therapy on the patients being very modest but allowing for further research. In 2010, a newer study Bloch et al. performed a double-blind, randomized pilot study with positive effects in 13 patients. Later on, in 2012, Weaver et al. performed a pilot trial of 9 adolescents and young adults, age 15-20, using 10 Hz rTMS to stimulate the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, showing improvement in patients, but was underpowered to show efficacy.
More studies followed, pertaining to the safety and efficiency of PEMF stimulation of attention deficit hyperactive disorder patients. In 2019 the FDA approved the first PEMF device for the treatment of ADHD. So, it happened when NeuroSigma’s Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation System (eTNS) concluded a clinical trial with 62 children who showed significant improvement in their ADHD symptoms. More and more people are opting out for a PEMF treatment as it is entirely non-invasive and harmless, especially children who are in the critical states of neuroplasticity.
Alpha brain waves recently got the awarded title of the most “creative” brain waves. In an Alpha state, we are awake and present, but physically and mentally relaxed. Alpha waves are present as soon as we close our eyes, and dive from the external world into the internal one. In other words, between 8-13 Hz, Alpha waves provide an inner environment. The environment where we can be more susceptible to new ideas and open to more possibilities.
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