Are you suffering from insomnia, headaches, or anxiety? These can be nagging, debilitating symptoms that many people can’t find treatments that work. If you struggle with any of these or another chronic condition you might consider Neurofeedback.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses computer images, video games and sound to help us regulate brain waves. For example you might watch a video game with sensors on your scalp. While you watch, data is being sent to a computer that gives your brain feedback based on your brain activity while you watch. Your brain see its own activity, and the brain learns from watching itself. There is no effort on your part. You are exercising your brain’s innate ability to manage its own states.
Feedback over several sessions results in improved ability to focus and relax, which eliminates those symptoms for which we seek relief. As your brain function improves, your thinking, emotional and behavioral functioning improve as well. Your brain learns and eventually holds on to these changes. One patient stated that neurofeedback showed her body what it was to relax when nothing else was working. This patient knew what body state she was aiming for and this helped to tailor her neurofeedback sessions. Neurofeedback practitioners must have a health care degree, and they continually monitor patient safety and results.
What to Expect on your First Visit
In your first session, we will discuss your symptoms, and select a brain training option to suit you. Although symptoms guide this decision, neurofeedback is not treating symptoms or curing disease but promoting healthy self-regulation and good brain function. Neurofeedback sessions are approximately one hour and often described as life changing.
In a neurofeedback session, we use:
- Electrodes placed in contact with the scalp
- Computer with a large viewing screen
- Computer game or scene
- What’s going on in your life
- A comfortable chair to settle into
While you view the screen, your brain will be informed by what it is seeing. Letting the brain see what it is doing in the moment, allows it to let go of dysfunction. In future sessions, we will make adjustments with the goal of you being relaxed and mentally alert.
How Neurofeedback Can Help You
Neurofeedback is successfully used to treat conditions such as;
- Chronic pain
- Sleep disorders
- Obsessive thinking
Many clients who experience relief from their symptoms with neurofeedback use words like “hidden treasure” to describe what they have found. Often people have tried many different solutions to their condition but have found that these treatments didn’t help. With neurofeedback, relief can occur within the first few sessions.
More About Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is based on recording electrical brain activity using the electroencephalogram (EEG). It is biofeedback applied to the brain and teaches your brain to self-regulate. Self-regulation training for your brain allows your central nervous system to function better. As the brain observes itself from moment to moment, there is a gradual learning process where the brain changes its own activity to more appropriate patterns.
Neurofeedback is very physiologically calming, this means as the neurofeedback calms your central nervous system, your body relaxes and muscle tension, which may have become a constant companion, lessens and begins to melt away.
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960’s and has been described as non-conscious learning. As people are able to focus better they find that they can switch from task to task better and that their overall flexibility in situations is increased.
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