Neurofeedback-what does it have to offer?
Our brain determines our emotional states, our perception, and our reactions to the world around us. How we react to events directly affects the resilience of every system in our bodies; strengthening or weakening our ability to repair, regulate, and resist disease. This is why so many physical and emotional conditions stem from the mind and brain, and why training it into smoother function is so important.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, concussions, PTSD, memory, focus, autism; we do not view these as diagnostic things to treat, but as reflections of brain dysregulation.
The brain is capable of tremendous and miraculous change (see neuroplasticity). By eliminating uncomfortable patterns and restoring the system to balance, optimum function can be restored and the secondary symptoms naturally fade away.
If you are experiencing difficulties in your life – with staying focused or being organised and on top of things, with your sleep quality, your mood, with fears or worries or anxiety, with learning or difficult behaviour, with social or close personal relationships, with trauma or other emotional or brain-related problems, neurofeedback may be the right choice for you.
Neurofeedback-how does it work?
The activity in your brain determines everything you feel and do. While most people have normal brain function, they still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day to day life. This is where neurofeedback can help. Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is biofeedback for the brain. To understand neurofeedback, first we need to understand a little about brainwaves.
Brainwaves are the electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with one another. Brainwaves tell us a great deal about how you feel and function; your thought habits, stress levels, underlying mood and overall brain function. Using sensors on the scalp, we can measure and monitor this activity. With brain analysis software (QEEG brain map), we can identify what specific activity is giving rise to your symptoms.
Once we know the areas of concern, we can create a training plan to help draw your brain into a comfortable, efficient state. That brings us to neurofeedback. During a neurofeedback session, we compare what your brain is actually doing to what you’d like it to be doing. When your brain is nearing a more comfortable state, you are rewarded with a positive response on a computer screen. Usually this ‘neuro-feedback’ is in the form of a video game, music, or movie.
The sounds and images tell you immediately when your brain approaches a more efficient place and when not. When the movie plays, it is because your brain is approaching the desired state. When the movie stops, it is because your brain is heading the other way.
Much like physical exercises develop specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the better it gets at it (see neuroplasticity). As with learning any new skill, it simply requires time and repetition.
The following links provide more detailed information on neurofeedback: