Neurofeedbackis a cutting-edge technology that promotes the correction of imbalanced and irregular brainwaves. While similar in some ways to biofeedback, Neurofeedback is a different science that often provides significantly greater results for a wider variety of concerns. With the technological advancements of Neurofeedback equipment, the electrical impulses sent from the brain are amplified and projected on a computer screen as they are occurring. This capability is called “real time,” and it enables a more skilled and precise interpretation of the brain wave patterns. The real time EEG also allows the opportunity for immediate correction of abnormal rhythmic patterns.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback is one of the most compelling examples of the body’s ability to self-regulate and bring itself back into balance. Non-invasive sensors, or electrodes, are connected to specific sites on the surface of the head. By strategically placing the sensors, specific areas of the brain can be trained to replace abnormal rhythmic patterns with normal rhythmic patterns. Nothing is being “sent” to your brain, or put inside your body; your body naturally desires balance, and this is simply a tool for your brain to bring itself back into balanced, healthy patterns.
The Neurofeedback equipment filters out and displays a wide array of electrical patterns and frequencies produced by the brain. Two of the most significant ones are beta, a fast wave, and theta, a slow wave. The general goal is to produce stronger beta waves and inhibit excessive theta waves. The computer assists the brain in recognizing normal rhythmic patterns by producing audio and visual reinforcement when they occur, “training” the brain to produce these normal patterns. Read Oliver’s personal experience with Neurofeedback.
How do brain injuries occur?
A brain injury is surprisingly easy to acquire, although most individuals don’t suspect such an imbalance unless the injury or condition is severe enough to cause problems we normally associate with brain dysfunction. Aside from strokes and other conditions that affect the brain specifically, some of the most common ways brains are injured are from very high fevers, a physical injury to the brain (even whiplash in some cases), and from overuse of drugs or alcohol. Many times an injury has occurred so long ago, it may seem like the resulting symptoms aren’t even symptoms – they’re just the way a person has always been.
While often not obvious, imbalances in brain waves can be at the root of many problems and disorders as a result of the brain/body connection. The brain whispers messages to the body through electrical impulses transmitted to the central nervous system. When the brain is injured, these electrical impulses, or brain waves, are disturbed, creating abnormal rhythmic patterns. When the brain continues to transmit these abnormal patterns, imbalances are created in the body.
What can Neurofeedback help with?
Since the body naturally desires balance, Neurofeedback is merely a tool for the body to bring itself back into balance. As the brain waves return to normal patterns, one can feel a difference in an array of symptoms that are related to brain function.
Neurofeedback will make a difference for those who have suffered from:
- Cerebral Palsy
- improve speech and motor skills
Brain function in the areas of:
- short-term memory
- and other learning disabilities.
Mind/body concerns including:
- panic disorder
- clinical depression
- energy levels
- sleep cycles
- cluster headaches
All Neurofeedback sessions must be done in person at The Reference Point. On your first visit, you will undergo a comprehensive Evaluation. A printout of your brain waves and the results of the evaluation will be reviewed with you in a follow-up session at no additional cost. If your evaluation reveals a brain injury, a schedule of Neurofeedback Training Sessions will be established for you.
The number of Training Sessions required will vary with each individual. Because this is literally a training process for the brain, it is crucial that each Training Session be no more than one week apart, or progress may be lost. For extreme circumstances, Training Sessions can be scheduled at a rate of two or three per week. After every ten Training Sessions an additional evaluation is done to establish the progress that has been made and, if further Training Sessions are required, to allow for the next set of Training Sessions to be based on an accurate and up-to-date assessment of the brain.
Neurofeedback may be done alone or with supplemental therapies. For the most rapid progress and resolution of abnormal brain wave patterns, we recommend pairing Neurofeedback with QRA™ Interference Field testing. Once interference fields are identified and mud packed, Neurofeedback is naturally able to work much more quickly and effectively. Read the detailed information on QRA™ to learn more about interference fields and how they affect the body’s ability to heal.