What is Neurofeedback?
The activity in your brain determines everything you feel & do. This is controlled largely by electrical & chemical impulses in the brain. Most people with normal brain function will still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day to day life. This is where neurofeedback can help. Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is EEG biofeedback for the brain.
To understand neurofeedback, first we need understand brainwaves. Brainwaves are the electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with one another. Brainwaves tell us about how you feel and function; your thought habits, stress levels, underlying mood & overall brain function. Using sensors on the scalp, we can measure and monitor this activity. With brain analysis software (QEEG brain map), we can identify what specific activity is giving rise to your symptoms. Once we know the areas of concern, we can, by consistent training, regulate the deviant brainwaves & create new neural pathways in the brain. Like learning to ride a bike, the more it’s done, the more it becomes default behavior.
What happens during the training session
During a neurofeedback session, we train your brain to do what it should be doing as we regulate the brainwaves — rewarding the underactive while inhibiting the overactive deviant waves. This is NON-INVASIVE as we challenge the brain to respond to the visual & auditory feedback it receives. While a trainee watches a video, the visual image & visual sound will alter according to how the trainee’s brain is responding.
The sounds & images tell you immediately when your brain approaches a more efficient place & when not. When the movie plays clearly, it is because your brain is approaching the desired state. When the movie darkens or fades, it is because your brain is heading the other way. Same with auditory feedback, it will either be loud/clear when the brain is achieving or fade when it is being challenged. Much like physical exercises develop specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the better it gets at it. This is because of Neuroplasticity which is like the muscle-building ability of the brain to change according to use. As with learning any new skill, it simply requires time and repetition.
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