ADHDThe Oxford Recovery Center offers therapies that help clients with ADD/ADHD to experience improved focus, attention, concentration and less hyperactivity through better frontal lobe function in the brain.
What is ADHD?
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is defined as: “a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”
How does the Oxford Model help Treat ADHD?
Many approaches to treating ADHD involve using stimulant medications and various kinds of therapies. However, none of these actually fix the root cause of the problem.
So, what are the root causes of ADHD? Recent advances in neuroscience reveal the root causes include a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain, lack of specific brain chemicals, and brainwave imbalances.
Let’s look at all these causes a little more in depth: Inside the brain, we have billions of brain cells, called neurons, sending electrical signals to each other, which we measure as brainwaves. These electrical signals cause the brain cells to release small chemicals called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline.
This vast network of brain cells is fed with oxygen and other nutrients by blood from over 100,000 miles of blood vessels inside the brain. In children and adults with ADHD, there are often not enough of these blood vessels supplying oxygen and important nutrients.
This lack of nutrients begins to cause brainwave imbalances, as measured by an EEG scan. People with ADHD typically have too much activity in the low frequencies of their frontal lobes, while at the same time having too little activity in the higher frequencies of their frontal lobes.
This, in turn, causes a downstream effect on neurotransmitters, meaning that the brain cells start producing too little or too much of the chemicals they need. Neurotransmitters imbalances are further exacerbated by nutritional deficiencies in the person’s diet, especially of key vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids.
So, how do we start correcting a potentially multifaceted problem?
One of our most important tools at Oxford Recovery Center is called hyperbaric oxygen. This therapy actually causes new blood vessel growth in the brain and causes the brain to generate new stem cells which turn into new brain cells. (See our video about hyperbaric oxygen here.)
Another important tool is neurofeedback therapy. We use neurofeedback to scan your brain’s electrical signals and reset them with non-invasive feedback in the form of sound. (See our video about neurofeedback here.)
And finally, neurotransmitter therapy and dietary coaching is used to correct nutritional deficiencies which are underlying the brain chemical imbalances—imbalances that we can find through laboratory testing we provide.
We strive to offer the most comprehensive research-based recovery program available for ADHD, and we are happy to serve you by taking as much time as we need to answer your specific questions.
Please click on the links below to discover more about the science behind the Oxford Recovery Model
- Improvement of attention span and reaction time with hyperbaric oxygen treatment in patients with toxic injury due to mold exposure: Researchers found that 10 sessions of HBOT improved mold toxin-induced attention deficit disorder.