What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a revolutionary way to work with the brain using a reliable well known tool in an entirely new way. It is a gentle, non-invasive permanent brain wave therapy for ADD/ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety, insomnia, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, addiction/substance abuse, panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, and more. Our naturopathic doctor’s use this therapy along with nutritional and other supplementary treatment to optimize brain function.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
During a session, electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp and ear lobes. This allows recording of the electro-encephalogram (EEG) or brain-wave activity. No electrical current is put into the brain. The brainwave pattern is relayed through an amplifier and to the computer. There are different types of neurofeedback available but all systems use software which analyzes moment-to-moment activity of the brain. Information about brainwave activity is sent back to the brain through auditory and visual feedback as the client is listening to music and watching a computer monitor. The brain uses the feedback to decrease instability and improve efficiency. Ineffective processing patterns can be unlearned while new, more efficient neural circuits are formed during training. Neurofeedback has been compared to holding up a mirror for the brain so that it can look at its own activity.
Neuroptimal neurofeedback is a type of neurofeedback that relies on the brain’s capacity to re-organize itself in response to feedback. Auditory and visual feedback trigger the brain’s orienting and self-scanningreflexes. Training makes use of unconscious or reflex processes so that the process seems effortless on the part of the client. This is a tremendous advantage when treating patients who have given up hope or who are unable to put effort into their own healing process. Even if the client falls asleep, the brain processes the feedback information and uses it to decrease inefficient patterns of activity. Over time, the brain develops an improved ability to self-regulate and maintain stability. Resilience and flexibility are increased as the brain develops new neural pathways.
What are the benefits of neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback has been shown to have positive effects in a number of areas, especially the following:
|quality of sleep||impulsivity|
|concentration and focus||physical hyperactivity|
|mental and emotional energy|
|overall feeling of well-being||mental chatter & mind racing|
|ability to process & organize information||stress|
|ability to “self-quiet”||fogginess|
|capacity to handle stress|
If you change these areas, you also tend to find broader changes in the way you think and feel.
Neurofeedback is also used as a tool for personal evolution and spiritual growth, even when people don’t have any particular “problems” they want to “fix”.
What Symptoms respond to Neurofeedback?
While not a medical treatment, neurofeedback has been shown to be a powerful addition to traditional therapies for the symptoms of:
|Anxiety and Panic||Closed Head Injury|
|Sleep Disturbances||Explosiveness/Anger problems|
|Chronic Stress and immune system disturbances||Chronic Fatigue|
|Chronic Pain||Migraine and Tension Headache|
|Attention Problems and Hyperactivity|
How long do effects last?
As long as you take care of your brain, the effects of brain biofeeedback should be relatively permanent.
That means that you could get some “slippage” if you:
• drink a lot of alcohol (which is a toxin – a poison – for the brain)
• skip a lot of sleep
• malnourish your brain with a chronically poor diet
• have a condition in which the health of the brain is deteriorating (e.g. a dementia)
• experience a long period of high stress or an extremely stressful event
Does this mean it won’t work for you in these conditions?
No – this just means you may need more “tune-ups” or more ongoing support.
For more information on neurofeedback and Neuroptimal (the device we use) please visit www.zengar.com or contact our office to speak with one of our practitioners.