Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback (also called neurotherapy or EEG biofeedback)

Neurofeedback is a form of complementary therapy. It can help to treat a wide range of psychological and physiological disorders.

We are able to improve our performance when we get clear and immediate feedback about our how we are functioning. In our current society we are using technology to monitor performance and to feed information back to us so we can improve our performance e.g. sport. Technology also enables us to directly alter the functioning of our brains to improve our lives. This may be better performance, improved sleep, reduced pain or stabilize mood. Neuroscience has demonstrated how the brain is adaptable and capable of plasticity (for list of information resources click here).

Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram (EEG). Through this technology, information is provided guiding the brain toward adjustment that will improve its performance.

Neurofeedback can be used as a starting point to treat dysfunctions of the central nervous system (brain) and its regulatory mechanisms. Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behaviour 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. It can also help improve the performance of an otherwise well-regulated nervous system.

What is involved

Training activity is simple, painless, and non-invasive. We apply sensors on the scalp and EEG activity is transmitted to a computer. The computer processes the signals and auditory and visual feedback is provided instantly back to the participant so that they can see and hear representations of their brain in action. Based on this  information, certain types of brain waves are limited and others increased with the goal of overall increased resilience and flexibility. Your brain reorganizes itself.

The traditional methods of neurotherapy takes information about the brains current activity, then the goals to be achieved are presented to the person in the form of a video game or movie. The person is effectively playing a video game with his/her brain. Eventually the cues presented via the game shapes brainwave activity toward more desirable, more regulated performance.

The LENS program does not require any focused attention, and the person does not need to do anything specific during the session.  The sessions themselves last between a few seconds and a few minutes. Results are typically seen in 1-20 sessions.  This makes LENS an excellent option for all individuals, including those who are unable to attend for lengthy periods of time or who are unable to understand instructions.

How many sessions?

The number of sessions is determined by the type of neurofeedback treatment and the individuals unique history and presentation. Neurofeedback training is a learning process for the brain. Adhering to the prescribed training schedule is a critical element of achieving positive training outcomes.

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