What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960's but is only recently becoming more known in the United States. Numerous research has been done, mainly in Europe, Canada, and the US (see www.isnr.org/resources). It is a unique cutting-edge approach with a promising future. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive method that entails direct training of brain activity.
At Neurobalance, we use the latest technology from EEG Info (Cygnet, Infra Low Frequency HD). The brain is shown its EEG activity through external feedback loops via sensory input such as sound, visual, and tactile feedback. The brain will automatically self-correct, resetting itself onto a more efficient path. The training is based on electrical brain activity. Your brain consists of billions of cells that are sending electrical and chemical messages to each other back and forth. This communication can be measured and displayed in the EEG (electroencephalogram), and is sometimes called EEG Biofeedback.
Our brain and central nervous system is always striving to keep us alive. However, we can get stuck in survival patterns that no longer serve us, and this can results in dysfunction. With neurofeedback, the overall goal is to facilitate self-regulation, calm the nervous system, and create more optimal brain performance. Brain cells will make new connections and this can enable improvement in physiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing.
How does neurofeedback work?
The unique thing about neurofeedback is that there is no active involvement, talking or conscious effort necessary. You simply relax and watch a video for 30 minutes. Everyone can do it, because the brain will do the work for you. Four small sensors are placed on your head to monitor your brainwaves. These waves are shown to you in a movie format in a way the brain recognizes. You will see a delicate flickering of the screen when your brain produces a sudden burst of activity and the screen will change size in according to the ebb and flow of the frequency being mirrored. The feedback is also presented in tactile (a stuffed animal) and auditory modes (sound of the movie).
Neurofeedback is a gradual training process, like exercise for the brain, similar to going to the gym. The brain needs repetitive training in order to consolidate the changes it makes. Most people will notice improvements within the first few sessions; then steadily progress will build. After a sufficient number of sessions the results begin to plateau; this phase is necessary for changes to become more solidified. A minimum of 20 sessions are recommended to sustain the benefits. People with more chronic symptoms may need more sessions.