As the name implies, neurofeedback works by providing feedback to an individual about their brain, specifically, their brainwaves. This is referred to as “self-regulation,” because the individual is learning how to regulate their own actual brainwave patterns on their own, without medications or additional therapy. Neurofeedback has research backing supporting it’s non-invasive effectiveness and use in numerous disorders, including depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, trauma and other emotional issues. It can also be used to help people who have organic brain disorders, such as autism, cerebral palsy and seizures. After treatment, people have learned how to train their brain naturally, without pharmaceutical medications.
What conditions does Neurofeedback assist with?
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD)
- Sleep disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Trauma and other emotional issues
- It can also be used to help people who have organic brain disorders, such as autism, cerebral palsy and seizures
How is this done?
To monitor brainwave activity and train the brain, sensors are gently placed on the client’s scalp to read EEG (brainwave) activity. These EEG signals are monitored by a computer-based system, which provides the proper feedback by means of video display and/or game, along with audio signals. This feedback provides reinforcement to the brain, which promotes regulation and healing.
By improving the brain’s ability to self-regulate, patients feel better emotionally and physically as well as report improved attention and concentration. With regular sessions, symptoms associated with brain dysregulation will improve.
What are the benefits?
- Improves attention and concentration.
- Reduces hyperactivity/impulsivity.
- Enhances creativity and problem-solving.
- Decreases anxiety and stress.
- Improves mood and self-confidence.
- Optimize sleep.
- Improves cognitive functioning (e.g. memory, executive functioning).
- Improves reading and writing due to learning impairments.