what is it used for?
Neurofeedback is used as an aid for optimal brain functioning, both by persons interested in Peak Performance and by persons seeking treatment for problem conditions and injury. These include Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, severe conduct problems, specific learning disabilities, issues such as sleep problems, teeth grinding, chronic pain, headache and stomach pain. It also helps mood disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, weight control, seizures, and secondary stroke symptoms.
how is it done?
An initial interview, health history and testing is done to assess brain function, understand symptoms, and to plan a protocol. Comfortable sensors are placed on the scalp. The brain waves are monitored by means of an amplifier and a computer that processes the signal and provides the proper feedback. This is displayed to the trainee by means of a video game or display along with audio signals.
As activity in the desirable frequency band increases, the video games move faster, or some other reward is given. As activity in an adverse band increases, the video game is inhibited. Gradually, the brain responds to these cues, learning new and optimal brain wave patterns. The aim is greater stability, greater flexibility and faster recovery from anything destabilizing.
Depending on the protocol, Neurofeedback can help surprisingly different conditions as well as enhance peak performance. Simply, this is because it impacts profound central brain regulation and subcortical regulators common to all of them. And once the brain learns, it doesn't forget.
how can it help so many things?
Absolutely! Collaboration with your current therapist, tutor, coach or physician is advised. We support them as they are helping you. Scientific research documentation is available for your provider.
how long does training take?
Each session involves about 30 minutes of training plus 15 minutes hook up and discussion. EEG training is a learning process. Therefore, the results are seen gradually over time. For most conditions, initial progress can be seen within about ten sessions. Improvements are often seen in behavior, mental and athletic function and sense of well-being. Initial goals may be met at 20 to 30 sessions. In very severe chronic conditions and cases of hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder, training may take 40 or more sessions. Progress is monitored and tested along the way to maximize effectiveness.
Neurofeedback is a learning strategy that enables people to alter their brain waves and exercise the brain's own regulatory mechanisms. Also known as EEG Biofeedback, it is used for many conditions and disabilities in which the brain is not functioning as well as it might.
Research has demonstrated that various EEG (brainwave) frequencies are related to specific qualities of arousal, attention, mood and consciousness. Particular patterns of these frequencies determine the difference between peak performance and malfunction, between getting A's and failure, and sometimes between joy and despair.
Neurofeedback is a safe, painless and noninvasive method for teaching the brain how to better regulate itself. When information is "fed-back" to the brain visually and by sounds, the brain can optimize it's own activation level and its focus, attention and mood.
Can Neurofeedback compliment other therapies?
In my experience with EEG Biofeedback and ADD, many people are able to improve their reading skills and decrease their need for medication. Also, EEG Biofeedback has helped to decrease impulsivity and aggressiveness. It is a powerful tool, in part because the patient becomes part of the treatment process by taking more control over his own physiological processes.
- Daniel Amen, M.D.
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