What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback. It is a training process which uses technology to provide you with more information about what your body is doing than your ordinary senses provide. This “feedback” helps you learn to use your mind to develop greater control over your body, or, in the case of neurofeedback, your brain.
Why do Neurofeedback?
A healthy brain produces various brain waves (delta, theta, alpha, beta) based on the “activity” you are engaged in. However, an unhealthy brain produces too much or too little of one, or more, brain waves. Neurofeedback can teach you how to properly regulate your brain wave production.
Which medical conditions benefit from Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback can improve the health and functioning of any brain, therefore it is beneficial for any condition. The most convincing research supports the use of neurofeedback for, stress related conditions (hypertension, tension headaches, pain), ADD/ADHD, memory deficits, Alzheimer’s and post-stroke recovery. Neurofeedback is also used by elite athletes and executives who want to enhance their level of performance.
What do I do during Neurofeedback?
Divide your attention between the computer feedback and your internal feelings and sensations. The goal is for you to observe and learn how to maintain the inner sensations and feelings associated with the sound/picture. You will discover that the desired state is serene, tranquil, quietly alert and fully aware, without too much thinking or analyzing.
How do I know if it is working?
“Plasticity” is the term used to explain the brain’s ability to change and adapt. This “re-wiring” process is slow, yet steady. Usually, the patient’s family notices improvements before the patient does. As humans, we are very aware of undesirable states, such as pain or forgetfulness. We rarely notice being the better version of ourselves. Functional improvement may occur after a few sessions; however permanent change generally occurs after 25-30 one-hour sessions. If the patient stops before this time some of the progress may regress.