What Is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback (Bio-Feedback or Brain Training) is an EEG/computer system that literally retrains the brain to function much better.
If you, a loved one, or someone under your care is suffering because their brain is not working properly, biofeedback therapy or because they are in pain, or overwhelmed with emotional issues, then you may be surprised or even amazed at the benefits of Neurofeedback!
Neurofeedback is a cutting edge technology and offers hope for many devastating brain disorders such as: brain injury, pain management, learning disabilities, mental disorders, substance abuse and other central nervous system disorders.
Neurofeedback has the potential to benefit in the following areas: Cognitive Functioning-memory, attention, concentration, learning, creativity, reading, organizing and sequencing, Motivation-initiating and completing activities; Motor Skills-coordination, balance grace and recovery from paralysis; Mood Improvement – anxiety, depression, irritability and explosiveness; Sleep Regulation-improved night time sleep and increased daytime alertness; Brain Spiking-reduction in seizures and tic symptoms; Pain Management-reduction in migraines, fibromyalgia symptoms, restless leg syndrome and other body pains; and finally an overall increase in energy, stamina and peak performance.
Neurofeedback is sort of like properly retiming an internal combustion engine whose cylinders are not firing at the proper time. When this occurs the engine looses power and can even be damaged because the cylinders are not working in harmony to turn the crankshaft and can actually work against each other. Similarly, when brain cells are not firing properly and brain systems are not in harmony, the brain looses power and develops inefficient and damaging patterns. These faulty patterns can be locked in (suppressed) and become permanent, unless the brain is retrained to release these blockages and adopt new patterns so that it can function at maximum power and efficiency.
Neurofeedback is a brainwave system certified by the FDA that provides non-invasive feedback to the brain. This is achieved by using a computer program that reads records and analyzes brain waves (patterns) via small sensors placed on the scalp.
The overall goals of Neurofeedback are to significantly improve the functionality of the entire Central Nervous System, reduce or eliminate crippling symptoms of CNS disorders, and increase the flexibility, clarity, focus and efficiency of the brain. It accomplishes all this by using various scientific protocols to train the brain to discard its unhealthy patterns that can and do cause many devastating disorders. Neurofeedback then retrains the brain to adopt new, healthier patterns that allow the brain to function much better, and the person to become more of who they really are.
It has been traditionally thought that our brains were fully molded and changed little after reaching adulthood. However, recent neuroscience studies indicate that the human brain is in a “plastic” state and can change with life experience and training such as neurofeedback. Specifically, the brain is capable of rerouting through its trillions of connections in order to learn new information and to bypass damaged or suppressed areas. In addition, studies indicate that it can (in some parts of the brain) even grow new brain cells and their connecting trunks called axons. Retraining and challenging the brain in most cases improves brain abnormalities such as over- arousal, under-arousal, and instability. The real cause of the above abnormalities is the brains inability to control and regulate itself.
Neurofeedback is an excellent way to restore brain regulation and minimize abnormalities. Neurofeedback is becoming more popular as a naturopathic, non-invasive, non pharmaceutical training method to restore optimal brain function.