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What is Neurofeedback?

 

It is Non-invasive:

No chemical or electrical impulse ever enters the body.

It is based on learning:

As you practice changing brain waves, the brain is learning how to continue the changes outside of the office.

It is patient-guided:

Our patients give feedback to staff after each session.

 
It is designed to create lasting change:

Many neurofeedback patients report changes they obtain from trainings are continuing 10 years later.



 

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback. Biofeedback uses sensitive instruments to detect subtle physiological measures of bodily function and then amplify them so that they are readily perceived by the patient. Heart rhythms, breathing patterns, cerebral blood flow and skin conductance are just some of the measures that can be coupled with instruments to provide biofeedback. These measures, brought under the control of the client, can provide relief from stress, anxiety, pain, and emotional, medical or learning disorders.

Biofeedback treatment has been available in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices for nearly 50 years. It has been a reliable adjunct to medical and psychiatric services. However, since the 1970s, technological advances have led to much more powerful and long lasting forms of biofeedback. One such advancement, neurofeedback, amplifies brain waves and then uses operant conditioning to create beneficial changes in the autonomic nervous system of the patient.

After decades of research at such institutions as UCLA, The University of Tennessee and NASA, these new methods of treating emotional, behavioral, learning, and medical disorders are finally becoming more readily available to the public. They are powerful and yet easy-to-learn methods for obtaining relief from distressing symptoms and disabling disorders.

How Does It Work?

Sensors are attached with paste to the client’s scalp. These sensors allow for the direct observation of brain waves on a computer screen. Changes in these brain waves are then fed back to the client in dynamic visual and auditory displays (via a simple video game). The patient learns to make changes in the game’s display by concentrating their attention on the video game. As they make changes on the screen, they are simultaneously making changes in their brain waves!

Changes in brain waves can create changes in symptoms of a disorder within hours, and sometimes within minutes. The client goes home after each session and completes a log of responses to the biofeedback. Once the clinician and client decide they have found the optimal response, that training is simply repeated until the response is conditioned.


 
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