What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatment for a variety of psychological and medical disorders. Neurofeedback trains patients to control their own brainwaves through immediate visual and/or auditory feedback that rewards good brainwave patterns. These awards allow patients to become aware of and gain control of their physiological responses.
Our brains are very malleable and brain functioning can change in response to one’s life experiences. Neurofeedback utilizes one’s brain plasticity to encourage better brainwave activity to enhance everyday life.
What should I expect during a session?
Neurofeedback provides moment-to-moment information about the patients physiological functioning. During the session, the patient will be seated in a comfortable chair where they can watch a movie or tv show, read a book, or play a video game. A 19-site EEG cap is placed comfortably on the patient’s head. Gel is added to each of the 19-sites to generate a connection between the brain and EEG cap in order to read the patients brainwaves. The cap is then connected to a computer where brainwave signals are imported into the BrainDx software.
The BrainDx software then provides instantaneous feedback to the patient depending on brainwave patterns. Good brainwave patterns are rewarded by allowing the patient to see the movie or hear the music, and bad brainwave patterns are ignored by stopping the movie or music. Over time, the patient will be able to see more of the movie or hear more of the music as good brainwave patterns begin to become the norm. Based on this feedback training, principles of learning, and practitioner guidance, changes in brain patterns occur and are associated with positive changes in physical, emotional, and cognitive states.
How long are sessions?
Training sessions are typically done 1-3 times a week and last between 45-60 minutes. We suggest a minimum of 25 sessions for optimal results. Neurofeedback is a training module where repetitive practice is required to attain the best outcomes. After several training sessions, these physiological changes will be transmitted to day-to-day activities.
What does neurofeedback treat?
Significant research has shown improvement of symptoms in the following disorders after neurofeedback training:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Bipolar Disorder- Increased mood stability
- Learning Disabilities
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and obsessive thinking
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Chronic Pain
Neurofeedback is a level one based intervention for ADHD endorsed by the “American Academy for Pediatrics.”
If you’re interested in Neurofeedback, feel free to reach out via email or phone to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.