What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns.
This is a gradual learning process. It 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. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.
How Does it Work?
Electrodes are applied to the scalp to get real time readings of brain wave activity. The signal is sen to an amplifier that connects to a computer. The computer software extracts information about certain key brain wave frequencies. this information is shown back to the client in the form of a game, sound, and/or video. During this time, the client attempts to change the activity level of these key brainwave frequencies. The client is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain waves. Some frequencies are rewarded while others are inhibited.
Eventually the brain wave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies that are targeted are related to the specific conditions or symptoms we are trying to address with that client.
a drug free option to help regulate the brain.
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What Conditions Can it Help?
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD/ADD)
Processing disorders/ learning disabilities
Almost any brain, regardless of it’s level of function, can be trained to function better.
What is Brain Mapping?
The brain mapping process, also known as quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) is an assessment used to receive a comprehensive understanding of an individuals brain wave patterns.
Most individuals who are interested in neurofeedback will begin with a brain map. Individuals will wear a cap of 19 sensors while baseline brain wave activity is recorded. We will record 10 minutes of eyes open and 10 minutes of eyes closed data. This recording process can take up to 45-50 minutes and then the data will be sent off for analysis to determine that clients unique brain wave patterns. Once the analysis is received, there will be protocols for neurofeedback training individualized to that client so that brain training can begin!