Many adults experience concentration and focus issues. Many feel that they struggled with it ever since they were a child. As with children, our traditional allopathic care system defines AD(H)D as a mental health disorder that includes persistent problems with paying attention, possible hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
Complementary and Alternative Care:
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is often not considered to be part of Western medicine. CAM includes words such as, integrative and wellness. Complementary means to work alongside conventional approaches and providers. Alternative means to implement an approach that is not considered mainstream. Today more than 38% of adults and 15% of children use CAM services.
Why Are You Struggling to Pay Attention?
One of the main reasons adults struggle to pay attention or focus is linked to the amount of time you may spend on your phone or device. While the computer world is here to stay most do not realize its impact on the human brain. Most direct evidence has been associated with the frequency of phone use and cortical activity. For example, the average person touches their phone 2176 times each day. This increased activity to the cortex through the tactile receptors of the fingertips which is demonstrating a change to organization of the sensory motor cortex. The reshaping of the cortical sensory region may be at the expense of other motor functions.
These functional changes to the brain may affect attention, by dividing yourself on multiple online platforms losing the ability to maintain sustained concentration on a single task. Always reaching for the phone/device to look up directions, auto correct our text, or letting AI influence our sentence structure, is changing our memory stores. We are not retrieving, storing, recalling, and building our knowledge in a tangible manner. The familiar social gatherings with children, family, couples’ friends enjoying conversation around the table have been replaced with people staring at their phones, texting, working, heads downs, hooked to their phone completely blind to their surroundings. Human relationships are eroding, and we are losing the social fabric of community.
Alternative Approaches for Adults Struggling with Attention Challenges:
Here at CMB, in order to see what is happening inside your brain, we perform a Quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) which is a mathematical analysis of the brain’s electrical activity. A QEEG records human brain activity by placing a cap over the head which reveals the underlying cortical activity. This technology shows the brain networks for regulating attention, executive function (your organizational skills, managing your time, and executing your plan), working memory, mood, and many more.
AD(H)D is often the result of a miswiring or dysregulation within a brain network., they can also result from networks not working together or communicating as they should. Through your development your brain comes online from the bottom up. What is practiced together, wired together. Just because it was “practiced” does not mean it was the most efficient pathway.
Incorporating the brain into your path for resolution may just be the missing piece. The brain map is the blueprint of your brain. It shows a unique picture of how you function today.
The CMB Difference:
At CMB, we have a 3-tier approach to evaluate your unique story.
- Brain – A comprehensive approach through QEEG will identify how your brain is wired from the top down
- Chemistry – Evaluate your internal biology through functional labs;
- Mechanical – Educate you on the power of movement in helping you redirect your brain
We begin with a brain map. A brain map is a road map that identifies how your brain is wired. We use QEEG (Quantitative electroencephalography) which allows us to see how the brain is organized and if a brain wave is under or over aroused.
QEEG has found a lack of synchronization between brain regions facilitating attention. There are areas that should come online when you are trying to pay attention, but it is also necessary to quiet other areas at the same time so that you are not distracted. In order to pay attention, you must also be able to inhibit other things competing for your attention. Neurofeedback is the tool to help you practice “attention”. It is a form of biofeedback which bridges the connection between the mind and body. Neurofeedback can help you learn to self-regulate by providing feedback directly to your brain.