What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, cutting edge technology that encourages the brain to develop healthier patterns of activity…and is used to distribute brain energy and improve symptoms of the brain and central nervous system. Clients learn how to “shift” their brains into a functioning pattern that is healthier and more stable. This act of self-regulation helps clients regain control over their own lives and can lead to long-term symptom improvement without unwanted and unpleasant side effects associated with prescription medications.
The goal of treatment is not only to change how clients think and feel, but also to change the brain on a biological level for better functioning.
Neurofeedback, also referred to as EEG biofeedback, NeuroTherapy, or brain training, involves principles of operant conditioning, which is a form of learning via the association of behavior with a reward. It enables people to self-regulate their brain waves. When the activity in or among abnormally functioning brain regions becomes more regulated, the client receives a reward in the form of feedback through playing a game or watching a movie. In most cases, this process improves day-to-day functioning, which persists even after training is complete.
In spite of Neurofeedback being cutting edge, it’s history dates back over 50 years and was initially used to treat seizures, attention deficit, and addictions. Neurofeedback is generally considered to be safe, non-invasive, and generally does not produce harmful side effects.
Recent research has shown that when given the proper support, the brain has the ability to change and adapt, a property known as neuroplasticity. Neurofeedback can encourage and speed up this process of neuroplasticity.
Since 2016, the Board Certified clinicians at Access Counseling & NeuroTherapy have used Quantitative EEG, or Q-EEG, to inform the Neurofeedback process. The Q-EEG is used to learn how your brain develops and supports the energy needed for every day activities. It is not used to make medical diagnoses, and is different from medical procedures like CT scans, fMRI, SPECT and PET.
Issues That Can Be Addressed Through Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback can help reduce symptoms experiences for those with a broad range of neuropsychological problems. Symptoms can be moderated through brainwave training and lifestyle considerations (eg diet, sleep habits, etc). Neurofeedback has been found to be effective in addressing the following conditions:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance Abuse Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Compulsive Behaviors
- Migraines and headaches
- Bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Pain
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
Neurofeedback training produces long-lasting changes in brainwave activity. The results can last a lifetime.
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