Neurofeedback, a type of Biofeedback, is a therapy where your brain is trained to operate more efficiently or help your brain regulate itself. For example, some people might be depressed and have a hard time getting into a happy state. We show you this information in real time a reward your brain for changing it’s own activity to more healthy patterns. In effect, your brain is learning a new skill and is encouraged to keep this skill. Think of it as “muscle memory” for your brain.
Neurofeedback can be called EEG (electroencephalogram) Biofeedback, due to it focusing on the electrical brain activity. Devices are used to reward or inhibit target brain waves in the areas typically responsible for the problem symptoms. Neurofeedback’s primary focus if to get the brain better at self-regulation.
Neurofeedback is helpful with:
Issues with brain dysregulation
Difficulty with concentration
Peak performance training
How does it work?
Devices are connected to the scalp with electrodes and measure (listen to) the brainwave activity. The signal is processed by a computer program, and information is gathered about the brainwave frequencies and responses to treatment. Your brain is then given rewards and encouraged when it is operating more efficiently. Like medication, Neurofeedback helps your brain function better. Unlike Medication, the effects are typically lasting due to your brain learning a new skill.
Is it a cure?
Not in the traditional way of thinking about “cures.” Neurofeedback focuses on regulating the brain, building efficiency, and reducing negative symptoms. While mental health diagnosis may be absent after treatment, we wouldn’t say we “cured” anyone. Brain function issues aren’t a disease to be “cured.” In the case of organic brain issues we can only help the brain function to it’s peak given the materials it is working with.
Who can Neurofeedback help?
Neurofeedback is helpful with people of all ages. Children who’s neuro-networks are developing may have issues with age appropriate activation due to trauma or birth defects. Neurofeedback can aid in getting their brains to function more within normal parameters. These conditions may include:
Oppositional defiant disorder
Pervasive Developmental Delay
Traumatic Brain Injury
As the brain developing into the teen years, other issues may pop up that make adolescents difficult to manage. Many parents are left wondering why their teens
as they begin to experience:
Difficulties with transitions
Suicidal thoughts and behavior
As people get older, people tend to shift from parents giving consequences and discussing why the problem behavior needs to be changed to a desire to live life differently. They begin searching for some freedom from the behaviors, feelings, and/or thoughts that have plagued them for years. Any brain, regardless of age and function can get better at what it’s doing. This especially rings true for people who are looking for the edge over the competition in the work place or in their area of sports.
Can Neurofeedback Effect Behavior
While medication and traditional talk therapy remain dominant in our society, Neurofeedback is another effective treatment for people with ADD or ADHD. Neurofeedback builds up the brain to gain more control and focus. This method is about lasting positive change through creating more strengths in a person
Stress and Anxiety
These often go hand in hand people who suffer from these issues can feel overwhelmed, like their minds are out of control with worry, run down, and exhausted. Neurofeedback can help your brain learn new ways to respond to things that pop up in life. Be more in control of how your brain responds to the stressors of life.
Poise, concentration, emotional control, focus, and the “zone” are key to excelling in any field. Business, creativity, office interactions, sports and networking all rely on you being able to operate at your beak in order to excel. People looking to take their skills to the next level have learned about Neurofeedack and are looking to find the upper limits of their brain’s performance.