What is Neurofeedback Training?
Neurofeedback, or electroencephalography (EEG) in medical terms, is a non-invasive way to control and measure your brain waves and body temperature. This form of therapy allows your neurofeedback provider to retrain an otherwise involuntary body process, i.e., your brain waves, through conditioning.
Why is This Helpful?
Because common conditions like depression, ADHD, anxiety, concussions and more, occur when your brain waves aren’t working together in perfect balance. Neurofeedback training allows you to retrain specific areas of your brain to bring it back to its functional best.
You can compare this to your car after you’ve hit a pothole. Because it lost one of its tyres, the rest were thrown out of alignment. Your car won’t work efficiently again until you have all the tyres realigned.
Likewise, your brain won’t work efficiently until all of its regions are working in alignment. This is where neurofeedback comes into play.
How Does it Work?
When you begin treatment, you’ll map out the brain through quantitative EEG (qEEG). This will help identify what specific areas of your brain are out of alignment. Once you have this important baseline information, your neurofeedback training can be tailored to the areas that need a little TLC.
During your session, sensors placed on targeted areas of your head will show the current state of your brain compared to what it should be doing. Sounds or music played through headphones will adapt to push your brain closer to a more comfortable state. That’s it! Pain-free, drug-free, and completely non-invasive. All you have to do is show up and relax.
Does Neurofeedback Work for Anxiety?
Absolutely! Research has shown that receiving neurofeedback training can help improve the way your brain functions to relieve symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety becomes an issue when your brain gets “locked” into a state of heightened sensitivity. It creates new neural pathways that cause anxious thoughts. The more we travel down those pathways, the harder it is to stop them. The result? Chronic anxiety.
Neurofeedback helps to retrain the region of your brain that is causing your symptoms, bringing you back to a state of balance.
What Other Conditions Can it Help?
Neurofeedback training helps relieve the symptoms of a lot of conditions, including:
Can Neurofeedback Be Harmful?
Not if you go to someone who uses the equipment properly! As long as the provider has certified training and a profound understanding of how the brain works, you’ll be able to find relief from whatever condition you’re battling.
Any adverse side effects (and we use that word loosely) reported after your treatment are used as feedback to let us know how your brain is responding. This information is used to adjust your next treatment.Get In Touch
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