Neurofeedback, also referred to as EEG Biofeedback, is a non-invasive, pain-free computer-based technique which retrains the brain to produce brainwave patterns that are beneficial to better functioning. Our brains are 2% chemical and 98% electrical. That means that 100% of medications are only addressing 2% of our brain function. The electrical part produces different types of brainwaves (i.e., alpha, beta, theta, delta) and are distributed all throughout our brain. If our brainwave distribution becomes out of balance (much like our hormones), symptoms may result such as anxiety, depression, lack of energy, foggy thinking, etc.
When the electrical system (brainwaves) is modulated through neurofeedback, the brain becomes more flexible, calming the brain and helping the client to have better control of his or her emotions, feelings and thoughts.
During a session, sensors are placed on the head in specific locations to monitor the brainwave activity, much like the electrical activity you see when having an EKG. This activity is displayed onto the therapist’s computer monitor. On a separate screen, the client plays a video game that is generated using his or her brainwave activity. Each time a healthy brainwave is achieved, the client is rewarded via graphics and auditory sound. As healthier brainwaves are achieved, a healthier state of mind (e.g., focused, relaxed, less anxiety) is learned. Unlike medication, once the training stops, the results are enduring.
Neurofeedback is a safe, long-lasting, drug-free alternative to treating ADD/ADHD, anxiety, sleep disorders, panic attacks, learning disorders, foggy thinking, stress, obsessive thoughts, compulsions, depression, migraines, and other conditions. The overall goal is to help the client manage his or her symptoms and improve his or her performance in whatever area of life s/he desires such as school, work, or relaxation.
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