What Is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is the direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to work more efficiently, allowing the relief of emotional and brain-based symptoms. As the brain controls your emotional well-being, psychological health and every system in your body, training it into better function has far-reaching benefits.
Neurofeedback training for the brain is similar to physical training for the body. Many illnesses, disorders or unwanted behavior patterns are due to dysregulation of brain activity, and with Neurofeedback, patients can learn to achieve more functionality by retraining the brain. The brain is designed to adapt to changes in our body and the environment, so it makes sense that we should be able to re-train the brain to function optimally, the way it was designed.
How Does It Work?
Using sensors and special software we simply measure the brain activity and reflect it back through a video display. When we allow the brain to see its own activity, it can then adjust itself for better performance and function. Nothing is ever being transmitted into the brain, we are only recording and using the information revealed to us through the EEG.
By improving self-regulation of brain activity, we improve how our clients function cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally. This applies whether the client is an adult suffering from symptoms like chronic headaches, or a child dealing with more severe disorders like autism or epilepsy. It can also be a very useful tool for athletes, entrepreneurs or anyone looking to maximize their performance and function.
Who Can Benefit?
Individuals of all ages can benefit from Neurofeedback. It helps relieve symptoms of:
Will there be any discomfort?
No, in fact it is usually very relaxing! Neurofeedback is non-invasive. We use a saline paste on the scalp in a few spots to hook up the sensors. Also, unlike medication, neurofeedback offers very few, if any, side effects which are only temporary.
How soon will I see changes?
You will probably notice progress within a few sessions. With continued training, these changes will continue to improve and become more apparent and have been permanently learned. We will set goals together, and monitor your progress toward them during your treatment.
How long will the changes last?
The effects of neurofeedback are collective. After the first few sessions, the improvements you experience may wear off in a day or two. After more sessions, and training of the brain, the changes will last longer. Once the training is complete and your brain has integrated the learning and self regulation, the benefits should be permanent.
What is the research supporting neurofeedback?
The American Academy of Pediatrics placed neurofeedback as a Level 1 “Best Support” Intervention for ADHD (Attention and Hyperactivity Behaviors). The National Institute of Health lists more than 8,500 peer-reviewed publications in biofeedback, 450 in neurofeedback, and 130,000 scientific publication on EEG. “The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance, suggest that EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.” Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist (Head of the Neuroimaging Department and of Neuroimaging Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School Professor) For a comprehensive list of studies related to EEG biofeedback visit: eeginfo.com/research