California State University At Northridge
For Immediate Release
August 25, 2011
Neuroscience Lab at CSUN Approves Study On Innovative TMJ Treatments; Researchers Issue Call For Study Participants
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of California State University at Northridge (CSUN) today announced approval of a major research study, "Neurofeedback (NFB) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Impact on Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Patients." In conjunction with the announcement researchers invited area TMJ sufferers to participate in the study, which is expected to begin in the fall.
TMJ symptoms affect over 35 million individuals in the US. Symptoms include pain in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, jaw muscle stiffness, limited movement of the jaw, painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint and change in the fit of upper and lower teeth. There are no definitive known causes and the present treatment has been limited to invasive techniques and/or prescription medicines. Many TMJ patients continue to live a debilitating life of pain that compromises their quality of life.
This groundbreaking study will continue work done by research team member Dr. Lita Singer almost thirty years ago, in which traditional biofeedback was used to help relieve the symptoms of TMJ.
"Based on the prior research and past studies we decided to put Neurofeedback to the test," said Dr. Jose Abara, Director of the Neuroscience Lab of the Department of Psychology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN. "We plan to conduct a controlled study with random assignment to study the effectiveness of this non-invasive alternative treatment for individuals suffering from TMJ, and to contribute to the body of literature on neurophysiology."
Neurofeedback is a noninvasive procedure that uses information from brain electrical activity to promote brain regulation. Software is used to transform
the signature of brain electrical activity from the participant to a visual display on a computer monitor. This display is used to feed selected information on brain activity back to the participant in real time. The brain reacts to that information to improve its own performance.
In addition to studying the effects of Neurofeedback, researchers will study the impact of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on TMJ patients. CBT entails learning self-regulation skills such as mindful breathing, meditation, thought stopping, self-talk, relaxation, communication skills, problem solving, and assertion training.
The team conducting the research brings a remarkable depth of experience in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and dentistry. Dr. Abara will lead the team from CSUN, and has been active in the field of Psychology and Neuroscience utilizing EEG for almost twenty years. Dr. Lita Singer, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, brings over thirty-five years of clinical, research and teaching experience with inclusion of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback techniques in her practice and is the Clinical Director of the CBT, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Treatment Center, with offices in Woodland Hills and Santa Barbara. She is joined in her practice by Stephanie Singer, MS who is a Neurofeedback practitioner at the Treatment Center.
Also participating will be Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D. and Sue Othmer, BCIAC from the EEG Institute. Their "Othmer Method" is recognized worldwide as an innovative training method for Neurofeedback, in that their pioneering work in the area of Infra-Low frequency training has allowed for major breakthroughs in the field. In addition, Dr. Mary Ditto, who has spent over thirty years as a practicing dentist and taught anatomy at UCLA for nearly two decades will lead the team's TMJ evaluation efforts.
For more information on the study or to participate contact Tami at EEG Institute 818-456-5965, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org