What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is brain exercise. We observe your brain in action from moment to moment by monitoring your brain waves. We show you your brain activity and we help you to change it by rewarding shifts toward a more appropriate and stable brain state. It is a gradual learning process by which you learn to change your brain waves and thereby gain better control over your brain states.
What can Neurofeedback help?
Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Good self-regulation is necessary for optimal brain function. Self-regulation training enhances the function of the central nervous system and thereby improves mental performance, emotional control, and physiological stability. With Neurofeedback, we target bioelectrical functioning of the brain, which is actually a more important issue than the “chemical imbalance” that is often talked about. We are concerned with the brain’s internal regulatory networks, and we train the brain’s functional dysregulation. Simply by detecting the brain going off track with the EEG, we can train the brain toward enhanced stability and improved functioning. In other respects, Neurofeedback is somewhat like putting the brain on a stair stepper to exercise certain regulatory functions continuously. This is applicable to a wide variety of functional deficits.
Does Neurofeedback cure symptoms or conditions?
In the case of organic brain disorders, it is a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than curing the condition. When it comes to problems of dysregulation, we would say that there is not a disease to be cured, and self-regulation may very well be a complete remedy.
Who can benefit from
Individuals of any age can benefit. Neurofeedback can help a variety of childhood problems including bedwetting, nightmares, attention deficits and other forms of disruptive and disturbing behaviors. Neurofeedback can assist adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression or drug and alcohol use. For adults, Neurofeedback can alleviate symptoms of physical and emotional problems such as migraines or PTSD. Neurofeedback can help anyone maintain good brain function as they age. Peak Performers also use this training to enhance their abilities in sports, business and the arts.
How is Neurofeedback done?
Sensors are attached to the scalp with a water soluble paste which then pick up brain waves. It is painless and does not involve the application of any voltage or current to the brain and is entirely non-invasive. A computer processes the brain waves and extracts certain information from them. We show you the ebb and flow of your brain waves and the specific information we obtain from them in the form of a video game. We instruct you how to play the video game using only your brain waves. (Everyone can do it.)
What happens if Neurofeedback clients are taking medications?
With successful Neurofeedback training, medications targeting brain function may no longer b e needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages as the brain takes over the role of regulating itself. It is important for clients to communicate with their prescribing physician regarding Neurofeedback and medications.