How does Neurofeedback help my Patients
Because neurofeedback is involved in helping the nervous system regulate itself, it can be used with patients of all ages with a wide range of concerns. For many patients seeking this form of training, their brains have become stuck in a rigid pattern of responding. With neurofeedback, we can help the brain to become more flexible and efficient, allowing the patient to be better able to adapt to challenges in the future.
Patients that might otherwise avoid traditional forms of therapy are often drawn to neurofeedback. With neurofeedback training, it is not necessary to relive traumatic events or evoke painful emotions, we can simply work with brain dynamics. Many patients also appreciate the fact that they are active participants in the training. They value the opportunity to see how their brain is responding in each moment and feel a sense of agency in the change process.
The feedback involved in the training can be adapted to the specific client and their concerns, making it relevant, engaging and enjoyable. In some cases, feedback might involve a video game that responds to the brains adjustments, other times it might involve watching an educational movie that dims if the brain shifts out of the desired state. Other times it might involve using Virtual Reality to get inside a 3D image of your own brain, watching how it responds in real time.
How does neurofeedback work?
In another way, neurofeedback targets the underlying dysregulation in brain activity that can exacerbate and sometimes cause clinical symptoms. This influence may also encourage neurophysiological resilience with the induction of brain flexibility, relaxation, and a steadier central nervous system. For example, if one's state of neuroanatomy and physiological health is over-stimulated or under-aroused, mental illnesses, with various symptoms may manifest behaviorally, psychologically, emotionally, and/or physically. Such disorders as anxiety and depression may have a base in neurophysiology which consequently can be targeted for training. A brain with greater flexibility has the capacity to more healthily adapt to challenging life situations.
During a session, clients usually report feeling relaxed. Clients sit in a recliner and listen to sounds and/or play a video game on a computer screen using their brain to direct the action. When the desired brain wave state is achieved, the game continues and points are accumulated. It's easy and fun. Remember, nothing is being put into your brain. We are simply "listening" to your brain wave activity through sensors, much like a doctor listening to your heart with a stethoscope, and feeding the information back to you. For this reason, it is known as "Neurofeedback."
We work specifically with BrainAvatar, which is a comprehensive interactive neurofeedback system capable of several types of brain training. Visit www.brainavatar.com for more information.
Is NFB only used alongside mental health issues?
Neurofeedback can also be used non-clinically for peak performance training, baseline data for sports players in case of head trauma/injury, certain sleep issues, and to track changes in brain function as a result of medication.
Is any electricity being put into my head?
No, no energy or electricity is put into your head. The equipment only "listens" to your brain waves.
How often must I attend neurofeedback sessions?
A minimum of 1 to 2 sessions per week.
How many neurofeedback sessions will I need?
Typically, 10 or more sessions are needed, but generally, less than 40.
How long do the results of neurofeedback last?
Results will generally "stick" as long as positive mental and emotional environments and behaviors are maintained.
Is Neurofeedback equipment FDA approved? For what uses?
BrainMaster Technologies equipment is registered with the FDA and has two separate FDA 510k’s; however, not all neurofeedback equipment is registered with the FDA.