What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, sometimes called neurotherapy or EEG biofeedback, is a
procedure that allows a person to train his or her brainwaves to
improve cognitive and behavioral functioning. It has been used
effectively with a variety of problems stemming from difficulties
regulating the nervous system. Our brains produce electrical impulses
at a variety of frequencies. These electrical frequencies can be out
of balance or very unstable for various reasons, including stress,
illness, genetic predisposition, and brain trauma.
If the brain has become unbalanced or unregulated, it may struggle to
accomplish even a simple task; sometimes finding less effort is
required if it takes a "shortcut." However, with this "shortcut" comes
an alteration of brain functioning that is less adaptive in the long
run. Neurofeedback gives the brain the necessary information it needs
to re-learn and improve functioning.
During neurofeedback the brain's electrical impulses are measured and a
computer is programmed to give feedback when the brainwave patterns are
improving. Our clients play a video game with their brains. As
desirable brainwave activity increases, the videogame moves faster. If
undesirable brainwave activity interferes, the game is inhibited and
action stops. As the brain begins to respond to the cues it is given,
the learning of new brainwave patterns takes place.
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