Neurofeedback / EEG Biofeedback
Neurofeedback is the training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. During the training session the practioner observes the brain in action from moment to moment and show that information back to the paient and rewards the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure.
How is Neurofeedback treatment carried out?Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG.
Neurofeedback is nothing but self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the central nervous system to function better. Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain disregulation .They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
How does Neurofeedback work?Neurofeedback works by applying electrodes to the scalp to listen to the brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. (All brainwave frequencies are equal, but some are more equal than others….)
We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. We present this information to the person in the form of a video game.
The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is "shaped" toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.
For whom does Neurofeedback works best?Neurofeedback training works best with subjects who have average to high IQ, are seven years old or older, can sit still for a few minutes if interested in what he’s doing, and are motivated people.
It works much less well for those with low IQ, or are very young, or who couldn’t sit still under any circumstances, or those who don’t want to be there.
What are the resources to refer for understading Neurofeedback before opting for the treatment?Neurofeedback: Transforming Your Life with Brain Biofeedback provides with excellent introduction to neurofeedback.
Healing Young Brains: The Neurofeedback Solution is a very helpfull resources for the parents as it provides the vital information about treating children with neurofeedback as an alternative to drugs.
Which conditions can be treated with Neurofeedback treatment?The below conditions can be treated with Neurofeedback Treatment:
* Brain injuries
* Lack of focus
* Learning disorders
* Memory problems
* Pain mitigation
* Panic attacks
* Sleep issues
* Sports performance