If you are looking for improved emotional control (such as getting past trauma or working through addictions) or increased physiological stability (such as improved ability to focus or reduced headaches), neurofeedback may be an appropriate part of your treatment plan.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also called neurotherapy, is biofeedback that uses a computer program to interpret and assess the brain’s patterns and signals. This non-invasive treatment uses visual and audio signals to teach your brain to recognize and improve its patterns and function.
Neurofeedback addresses brain dysregulation such as addiction, anxiety and depression, attention deficits (ADD/ADHD), behavior disorders, sleep dysregulations, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances.
How does neurofeedback work?
In short, your brain waves are translated through a computer program that then gives your brain a way to observe itself and regulate itself to more optimal functioning. Neurofeedback starts with an assessment to determine if and how you can benefit from neurofeedback. This process requires assessing current and historical issues that may impact your brain function. Based on our findings, a plan is discussed for treatment. Sensors are placed on your scalp with an EEG paste to pick up brain waves. The placement of these sensors is specific to each individual. There is no voltage applied to the brain.
The brain waves are then processed by a computer and information gained is mirrored back to the brain through a game or video. The brain recognizes its own patterns in this process. This recognition of patterns allows your brain to train using its own waves to operate the computer programs regardless of physical or cognitive abilities.