How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Think of your brain as a race car, capable of incredible performance. Now imagine a driver behind the wheel who does not know how to properly shift gears. It is for this reason that people find their brain encumbered by problems. Brainwave training teaches the brain to work at its fullest capacity, to switch gears as needed for the tasks at hand. Neurofeedback, aka Neurotherapy, provides a unique drugless approach to treating Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS) that may be associated with the symptoms of many neurological based conditions including ADD/ADHD, Headaches, Migraines, Learning Disorders, Memory Loss Associated with Aging, Overeating or Binge Eating, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, and Insomnia, just to name a few. NDS is a condition that results from tension on the nervous system caused by subluxation, poor nutrition, stress, drugs or trauma. Neurofeedback is a painless brain retraining process that uses sophisticated technology to achieve significant, measurable results and provide relief of conditions associated with NSD. Neurofeedback permanently alters the active landscape of the brain, enabling children with developmental disorders to think, feel and respond differently because they are using their brain in a more effective manner.
Neurofeedback utilizes a non-invasive technique for monitoring brain activity. Small electrodes are attached to specific areas of the head using paste. Our Neurointegration software records the brain waves and displays the data in real time. During this time the patient is watching a movie or listening to music. The software compares the incoming brainwaves to that of an optimal brainwave in the target range. If the brainwaves deviate from normal ranges, it triggers the audio or video to fade. The brain automatically detects this and refocuses itself back into the proper range. This process is repeated hundreds of times per session. Sessions usually last 30 minutes.
Based on the results of a safe, non-invasive EEG brain scan we develop a specific computer based rehabilitation to normalize abnormal levels of brain wave activity. The EEG neurofeedback software gives visual and audio feedback to provide an experience to the brain of enhances function, specifically to improve its regulation of thoughts, feelings and focus. As with everything we learn, a beneficial lesson makes a lasting impression. For more information go to www.neurofeedbackdefined.com
The Brain Can Learn
Through operant conditioning, the brain is rewarded when the audio or video returns to normal. Eventually the brain learns to stay in the healthy ranges without the reward stimulus, and is able to sustain normal activity independent of the computer. This is achieved by reconnecting functional pathways in the brain.
Neurofeedback does not target any particular disorder. Its purpose is to change timing and activation patterns in the brain. This improves brain regulation, which can impact a variety of symptoms. Different symptoms will require triggering different areas of the brain. The software is designed to target specific areas of the brain according to a patient’s symptoms.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
There is no magic number. Just as every person is unique, the number of sessions will vary according to each person. Noticeable results typically occur between the first and tenth session. In general 20 – 40 sessions are needed for the results to become permanent. Symptoms in some patients will resolve in a shorter time. Some require more training, some less. The goal is to complete enough sessions to ensure consistent and lasting benefits. A brain map can be generated at any time between sessions, so that you can visually see the progress your brain is making.