EEG Neurofeedback Training
Neurofeedback is a brain training program that helps the brain self-regulate for optimal functioning. The process is painless and non-invasive and does not use or require any medications. Neurofeedback is widely recognized as a safe, complementary, and alternative method to addressing many common physical, emotional, and behavioral concerns.
Through a process called neuroplasticity, research has proven that the brain has the ability to learn from its experiences and the environment. Brain training helps us build brain resilience, which is important for recovering from the harmful effects of stress and works as a learning experience for the brain. Often, EEG Neurofeedback is referred to as exercise for brain. With repetition, it works to help keep our brain fit, flexible, and resilient.
The training is accomplished using a computer software program which reads EEG activity. This is not a computer game, but a process of balancing brain wave activity. Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma waves produce frequency and amplitude signals that are read and then mirrored back to the individual to provide feedback of how the brain is functioning at that moment.
We all experience stress in our lives, but many chronic and daily forms of stress cause our brain to change structurally. In order to help correct these changes, Neurofeedback has been used for over 40 years. Neurofeedback/Biofeedback has been approved by the FDA for stress reduction. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also cited it as a level one evidenced-based intervention for addressing ADHD.
Stress from sources such as poor diet or nutrition, physical ailments or disease, emotional and behavioral stress, brain injury, concussions, drug use, medicine, chemicals, and trauma are just a few examples of what can cause dysregulated brain waves. And brain waves that are out of balance can lead to other physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that can affect how we function daily.
Children and adults can both benefit from the stress reducing and calming effect that is experienced when the brain is optimally balanced. The best part of the training is that you don’t have to make any conscious effort to relax. You sit in a comfortable chair, and the training does the rest.
Neurofeedback Training sessions typically occur weekly and appointments are 45 minutes in length. Every brain is unique and experiences change at a different rate. Because this program does not work like traditional medicinal approaches, it should not be viewed as a “quick fix”. The process takes time and patience. Changes are usually subtle and gradual, but often profound.
Nutrition, environment, general health, and sleep greatly influence how the central nervous system responds to stress. How long an individual has been experiencing symptoms can also be a factor. Since change is individual, the number of sessions and if maintenance is necessary will vary from person to person. If have any questions about how Neurofeedback can help you or someone you love, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always available for consultation.