Neurofeedback involves direct training of brain function. By doing this the brain learns to function more efficiently. Your clinician observes the brain in action from moment to moment, and that information is shown back to the person as feedback through a TV screen. and tactile stimulation. The brain is then rewarded for changing its own activity to more appropriate and efficient patterns within milliseconds. This is a gradual learning process that performed over a number of sessions. This applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG.
Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation: no one is putting something into the client’s brain. It is simply applied to the brain directly, Self regulation is a necessary part of optimized brain function. Self regulation training allows the central nervous system (CNS) to function optimally.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the Anxiety-Depression Spectrum, Attention Deficits, Behavior Disorders, Various Sleep Disorders, Headaches and Migraines, PMS and Emotional Disturbances. It is also useful in Organic Brain Conditions such as Seizures, the Autism Spectrum, Parkinson’s Disease and Cerebral Palsy.
HOW IS IT DONE?
We apply electrodes to the scalp using the 10/20 System (see web link below) to listen to brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer as we extract the signal of brainwave frequencies. All brainwave frequencies are equal but some are more significant than others. We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the client, whose brain attempts to change the activity level. There are targeted frequencies we want to promote. Others we want to diminish. We then present this information to the client as feedback such as a video game, a movie, or animated walks through a forest, the wilderness, or a visit to the Aurora Borealis. The client is effectively playing a video game or engaging in these activities with his/her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable or more regulated and efficient performance. The frequencies we target and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address and specific to the client. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10%E2%80%9320_system_(EEG)
DO THE RESULTS LAST?
Different problems require varied interventions, time frames and protocols. If the problem or symptoms being addressed are one of brain dysregulation, then the answer is YES. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to optimize its new capabilities and they will be reinforced.
Symptoms may present differently when we are dealing with degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s or Dimentia. Other “Insults” to the brain such as the Autism Spectrum will need to provide sustained treatment over longer periods.
The use of Neurofeedback training to self-regulate EEG patterns with the aim of recovering or optimizing function and behavioral performance is a growing discipline. Who are among our target audience? Professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, creatives, and students who want to achieve the next level at work, school, performance and life.
What’s keeping you from performing at your best?
- Lack of ability to maintain focused attention
- Problems with follow through of project and assignments
- Work/life balance
- Being thrown off by distractors
- Difficulty or restlessness in sleep
- Sense of the loss of drive or creativity
- Stressful symptoms like high blood pressure, headaches, tense muscles and joint ache
Neurofeedback for Peak Performance can:
- Bring greater focus to accomplish goals
- Expand your ability to see the big picture
- Give heighten ability to recall your goals and planning
- Give you more relaxing sleep
- Improve the speed of your brain to perform and get tasks done.
- Being quicker on your feet to think on demand
- Ability to test well and not be anxious
- Have a greater outlook and sense of optimism
- Creativity in problem solving
- Overall sense of control in daily activities