Neurofeedback Services offered starting January of 2019
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently.
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Neurofeedback (NFB) is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity—most commonly electroencephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain waves. Neurofeedback works by providing feedback to the brain so it can heal itself through neuroplasticity. Neurofeedback is a non-pharmacological and non-invasive method for training brainwaves. It focuses on optimizing the brain, rather than suppressing symptoms like medication does.
Typically, sensors are placed on the scalp to measure activity, with measurements displayed using video displays or sound. There are five types of brainwave: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta. Each has a different frequency, which an EEG can measure. Treatment focuses on teaching the brain to suppress or produce specific brain activity. (source 1)
Neurofeedback has been employed and researched in treatments of mental health issues and has been proven to enhance treatment outcome for individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. Mental health issues include anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, and more. People with various brain disorders have been shown to have different patterns of brain waves than the general population in predictable ways. For instance, people with ADHD often have an excess of Theta waves (drowsy, mind wandering), and not enough Lo-Beta waves (focus, concentration on specific tasks). Individuals with anxiety disorders have been found to benefit from raising their levels of Alpha waves, which increase calm, resting states. Neurofeedback (i.e., EEG Biofeedback) interventions for attention and hyperactive problems was determined by PracticeWise, an independent national research review organization, as meeting the American Psychological Association’s Level 1 – BEST SUPPORT of clinical efficacy.
Understanding Neurofeedback Watch this short video to learn the basic points of neurofeedback: