What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a non-invasive treatment approach to negative mental health symptoms, addiction and brain injuries. Neurofeedback is painless, drugless, free of harmful side effects and produces noticeable improvements in emotional regulation, behavior and overall brain functioning.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Our brains produce brain waves that control our behaviors and emotions. Due to our environment and the ongoing stressors impacting the body every second of every day, the body can become overloaded and our brainwaves can become abnormal. The longer the impact, the greater the imbalance, which leads to decreased function and performance.
Our brain waves communicate with one another at rapid speeds. However, if the timing of this communication is off even slightly, the ability to function at an optimal level can be impaired. This creates abnormalities in attention, impulse control, processing and memory, physical movement and the ability to heal because our brainwaves cannot make the proper connections. When people have dysregulated brains they suffer physical and emotional pain, daily life is difficult to manage and connection with others diminishes.
We empower individuals by providing neurofeedback training to help balance and regulate their brain functioning. Over time, the brain learns how to produce these healthier brainwave patterns on its own. Negative symptoms decrease, mood improves and individuals experience long-term positive changes and when your brain operates at an optimal level, it positively affects the function of the rest of your body.
What does the Research say?
If medications and other traditional forms of therapy have not produced results you desire, Neurofeedback has proven to improve brain functioning and decrease symptoms for the following areas:
Neurofeedback and Athletic Performance
The impact of stress, pressure, and competition that athletes face on a daily basis can result in abnormal brainwave patterns. Many athletes identify symptoms of anxiety, low frustration tolerance, distractibility, “choking” during competition, and self-doubt as target goals. Through neurofeedback training, the brain can learn to self-regulate the targeted abnormal brainwave patterns to reduce these negative symptoms. Athletes often comment that this produces mental clarity and calm, improved focus while “in the zone”, decreased rumination, and more.
Mental toughness is a term that is often cited as the key to separating the good athletes from the great. However, while athletes spend hours each day training their bodies, many spend far less time focusing on their mental game. Engaging in neurofeedback training is a tool that can help train the brains of athletes and strengthen mental toughness.
First, you will complete intake assessments and a qEEG Brain Map.
Next, you will consult with a trained professional to go over areas qEEG map and intake assessments correlate to create a customized treatment program for You!
Then your neurofeedback journey begins. What does that all that mean… See below for Neurofeedback descriptions.
qEEG Brain Mapping
A qEEG Brain Map pinpoints exactly what parts of the brain are causing your symptoms such as; depression, anxiety and stress.
After identifying dysregulated locations throughout your brain, a trained professional will evaluate this information and compare it to your responses from the initial intake assessments to create a customized neurofeedback training program that fits your goals.
Neurofeedback Training Sessions
The neurofeedback training sessions provide simple exercises to allow the brain to make the connections it needs to, using less effort and energy. Through sensors placed on your scalp and ears over specific areas assigned from your customized treatment program, your neurofeedback technician is able to read your brain’s electrical activity. Brainwaves are displayed on the technicians computer while tracking proficiency of treatment program goals. When your brainwave activity meets the goals set you will receive positive visual or auditory feedback to the success of your session.