TRAIN YOUR BRAIN WITH NEUROFEEDBACK
Just like your smartphone, your brain is full of apps. Some of these apps are useful and make you work smarter, not harder. Others are outdated, slow you down, and suck up your energy causing anxiety, depression, migraines, PTSD, insomnia, memory loss, substance abuse issues and much more. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, is a non-invasive technique that uses a computer-based program to assess a client’s brainwave activity, then provides immediate feedback. The program then uses sound or visual signals to reorganize or retrain these brain signals. By responding to this process, clients learn to regulate and improve their brain function and to alleviate symptoms of various neurological andmental health disorders.
Every different kind of emotional or mental state of being that a person can feel and experience has a correlated brainwave to it. For example, there is a specific brainwave that relates to feelings and symptoms of anxiety and a different one that relates to depression, and even brainwaves that indicate lack of focus and insomnia. Anything and everything that you can feel and experience has related brainwaves. Neurofeedback therapy works to figure out which areas of the brain are experiencing imbalances in brainwaves and what those imbalances are associated with as far as symptoms go. Then the therapy works to literally retrain the brain through different methods of conditioning, to a state of symptom free and most optimal state of well-being. There are four main brainwaves and each has a natural time and place for being active depending on what we are doing in our lives. Disorders such as anxiety or depression for example, relate to brainwaves being too present or absent, or even in the wrong area of the brain when it is not supposed to be. The general term for this is known as brainwave dysregulation. The negative symptoms associated with dysregulation can be corrected by regulating the brain properly through neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback is non-invasive, painless, comfortable, and completely drug free. It is essentially a form of operant conditioning that uses positive and negative feedback to retrain the brain to optimal condition.
For the past 40 years neurofeedback has been studied in research labs at prominent universities throughout the world. This research supports the efficacy of neurofeedback and has been published in top tier scientific journals. See below for recommended research articles. You can read more about neurofeedback treatment protocols in Neurofeedback: A Comprehensive Review on System Design, Methodology and Clinical Applications in the journal Basic and Clinical Neuroscience.
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