How Does Neurofeedback Therapy Work?
The goal of all neurofeedback treatments is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern.
Neurofeedback Theory and Practice
The theory of neurofeedback is based on a simple concept – When you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works.
Neurofeedback is also known as EEG Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is guided exercise for the brain. It is a learning modality designed to retrain dysregulated brainwave patterns.
The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a regulated, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. It is completely noninvasive and is considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe.
No Serious Side Effects
In fact the Food and Drug Administration recognizes that neurofeedback has NEVER produced a serious side effect since it was first discovered over 40 years ago.
Published scientific research has demonstrated neurofeedback’s efficacy in managing many neurological conditions such as ADHD, Migraine and Tension Headache, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Post Stroke Syndrome, Anxiety and Panic Attacks as well as many others.
BrainCore Neurofeedback Training
Before training sessions begin, a comprehensive assessment is performed. This assessment procedure allows the psychologist to determine, in a scientifically objective manner, whether a client’s brainwave patterns are dysregulated.
The assessment provides the psychologist with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions. These protocols are unique to each individual, and provide a design for training that will be the most effective for that individual. The protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal. As the brainwave patterns normalize, the brain is able to operate more optimally and efficiently.
Neurofeedback Training Protocols
Once the protocols are determined the individual is hooked up to a computer using wires and electrodes and the computer records their brainwave activity. These electrodes are noninvasive, as no electrical current is put into the brain. The electrodes simply record the brainwaves coming from the brain. Information about these brainwaves is displayed on the technician’s monitor.
The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals the patient that the brainwaves are becoming more ordered. For example, the patient is watching a puzzle of a picture that is being filled in piece by piece. As long as the patient’s brain waves are moving in an orderly direction, the puzzle pieces are filled in and the patient hears a tone. If the brainwave patterns move away from an orderly pattern, then the puzzle does not get filled in and no tone is produced. The patient is actually controlling the completion of the puzzle with their brain and by doing so; the brain is learning how to regulate itself.
In another design, the patient performs the training while watching a movie. In this case, the patient may watch a movie on Netflix that is being controlled by their ability to regulate their brainwaves. The movie will get brighter and the volume louder as the brain waves normalize and become darker and quieter when they become dysregulated.
The brain’s natural desire to watch the movie clearly will drive those neurological circuits that normalize the brainwaves and allow the picture to be visualized. The more those circuits are driven and used – the more neuroplastic changes take hold. The patient learns how to use those new circuits during the demands of everyday life.
Progress testing is done on a case by case basis, typically after 10 – 20 sessions. The initial assessment battery is repeated at NO CHARGE and the progress and results are discussed.
Research On Neurofeedback Training and Results
For the past 40 years, neurofeedback has been studied in research labs at prominent universities throughout the world. Dr Frank H. Duffy, a Professor and Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard Medical School, stated that:
“Neurofeedback should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used” — Dr Frank H. Duffy