What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, is a therapeutic intervention that provides immediate feedback from a computer-based program that assesses a client’s brainwave activity. 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 and mental health disorders. Neurofeedback works by providing feedback to the brain so it can heal itself through neuroplasticity.
When It’s Used?
Children, adolescents, and adults with seizure conditions, behavior disorders, attention deficits, autism, ongoing developmental delays, acquired brain injuries, birth trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress-related problems, and insomnia or interrupted sleep patterns, as well as those with age-related cognitive loss, may find neurofeedback helpful. Neurofeedback may also be used as an adjunct intervention with other forms of therapy.
What is Brain Mapping / QEEG?
A quantitative encephalogram, referred to as a QEEG or “brain map” is a diagnostic tool that measures brain wave activity. As opposed to an EEG, which is commonly performed in hospitals to diagnose epilepsy and other neurological disorders, the “quantitative” aspect uses the same information and analyzes it using statistical and numerical methods. The results of which show how your brain functions. It reveals how different locations of your brain communicate with each other and the amount of power, or amplitude, in each specific area. Although not solely used for diagnosis, the information can help inform various presentations of anxiety, depression, processing issues, and brain injury, just to name a few. This detailed report provides a “road map” to train your brain to work more effectively, while mitigating aggravating symptoms that prevent you from living your best life. Best of all, brain mapping is non-invasive, painless, and has no side effects. It is recommended that a QEEG be performed so that your training is individualized. Brain training is not a “one size fits all” therapy.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that encourages the brain to develop healthier patterns of activity. The goal of treatment is not only to change how you think and feel, but also to change your brain on a biological level for better functioning.
Neurofeedback helps the brain learn to regulate itself in a healthier way so emotional control doesn’t have to be so hard, even when you are experiencing difficult experiences. Moreover, it changes the brain’s pattern of becoming stuck on negative thoughts (rumination) and helps with better mood regulation. In short, neurofeedback sessions can substantially contribute to improved brain health.