Neurofeedback

Changing the architecture of your brain

Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are the latest additions to effective healthcare. They create lasting changes to your well-being, as they teach you to ‘self-regulate’ your nervous system. Advances in neuroscience have led to sensitive biofeedback instruments that let you change your brain waves, heart rhythms, blood flow and more.

Research has shown that Neurofeedback can treat all sorts of conditions, including:

  • Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Learning disorders
  • Heart health
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Brain injuries
  • Sensitivities that affect the autistic spectrum
  • Epilepsy

When neurons fire by the millions, they create ‘brain waves’ that are measured in waves per second. Different brain waves correlate with levels of conscious arousal and types of conscious experience. For instance, the EEG will show very slow waves when people are asleep (or have brain injuries); their brain waves get faster as they enter a dreamy, half-awake state, then a calm, focused state with eyes open. They go still faster if the person is very anxious.

Neurofeedback measures brain activity (brain waves). Once your needs are determined, this helps you make more of the required brain patterns with the effect of improving attention, taking control of emotions, improving behavior. For example, people with ADHD might have less of the focused beta waves, while an anxious person might require more relaxing alpha waves.

Once you learn new patterns, with some practice, your brain tends to remember it. There is a lot of research demonstrating measurable changes in brain activity after training.

Remember when you were learning to ride a bike? How do you balance on a bike?  Your brain figures it out and remembers it. When you train brain activity, your brain figures out how to balance its own activity.

What’s involved in a neurofeedback treatment? 

Neurofeedback involves placing sensors on your head and connecting to an EEG, a noninvasive way to detect brain waves, then displaying the waves on a computer screen. (This looks at the activity of the Central Nervous System, or CNS)

Biofeedback measures muscle tension, heart rate, skin conductance and other peripheral indicators, which are also shown on a screen. (This shows us the activity of the Autonomic Nervous System, or ANS)

Biofeedback and Neurofeedback trainings are essentially a series of exercises that promote improved regulation and flexibility of the targeted physiology.

Expected results of Biofeedback or Neurofeedback training usually include:

  • Increased self awareness.
  • More balanced physiology at rest.
  • Improved immune function.
  • Increased ability to cope with and recover from stressors.
  • Reduction in symptoms of stress related disorders.
  • Reduction in symptoms of functional disorders.
  • Improved peak performance

“Neurofeedback, which I write about in The Brain’s Way of Healing, is very helpful for peak performance. The Canadian Winter Olympic athletes won many gold medals, and used it to improve calm focus under pressure.”

Norman Doidge

 

 

 

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