Train your Brain for Optimal Health & Performance
Neurofeedback is training your brain to self-regulate. Self-regulation allows your brain perform smoothly and function efficiently. This helps your nervous system to shift to appropriate states, stabilize uncomfortable and dysregulated physiological symptoms, and strengthen appropriate brain performances. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback because it looks at brain activity via the EEG or electroencephalogram and gives feedback to your brain regarding activity and performance. Neurofeedback trains your brain for optimal health and performance.
Therapeutic Applications for Neurofeedback
- Addiction (alcohol/drug)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactive (ADHD)
- Attachment Disorder
- Autism/Asperger Spectrum (ASD)
- Autoimmune Dysfunction
- Bipolar Disorder
- Bruxism (teeth grinding/TMJ)
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrom
- Conduct Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Epilepsy / Seizures
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities
- Migraines / Headaches
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Attacks
- Peak Performance (athletes, executives)
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self-Harm / Cutting
- Sensory Integration/Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Sleep Disorders / Insomnia
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Tourette's Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
How does it work?
Monitoring devices, or electrodes, provide moment-to-moment information about your physiological and nervous system functioning via brain wave activity (EEG). The brain wave activity is then shown back to the person and his/her brain via visual, auditory, and tactile feedback. Your brain waves are shown back to you in the form of a video game or movie, so essentially your brain will be playing video games. The feedback (sounds, visual game or movie, tactile bear) rewards the brain for having activity in areas we wish to promote and is not rewarded for having activity in other inappropriate areas we wish to diminish. The brain needs a range of activity to occur during the brain training so it can learn effectively. We do not input anything into your brain, nor can we read your thoughts. It's like showing a mirror to the brain so the brain knows what areas need to function better.
What will I feel?
Most individuals feel calm and focused after each neurofeedback session. After approximately ten to twenty sessions, individuals are likely to see and feel changes in the body and brain. In many cases, individuals may not necessarily feel differently as many of the changes are in areas where cognition may not access. At this point it is recommended to continue training to solidify the improvements and create long-lasting changes.
Every brain is different and will activate different areas as necessary. Be sure to tell your neurofeedback specialist of any uncomfortable or unwanted feelings that may occur, such as a headache, irritability, or feeling groggy as these are helpful to understand in your training and can be corrected during your session. You should leave the neurofeedback session feeling comfortable, calm, and focused, as well as experience a great night's sleep that evening.