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What is Neurofeedback / Biofeedback

Neurofeedback

The brain is involved in everything we do. Focusing, listening, problem-solving, relaxing, as well as how we behave, are all determined by brain health and function. Brain function determines our success or failure in the context of relationships, work, and school. If there are problems in the brain, they result in problems in daily functioning. The great news is that the brain can learn to function more efficiently. We use the term “brain training” to describe the techniques we use to help improve the brain’s overall performance. Better brain function results in clearer thinking, more stable emotions, and behaviors that are more desirable and consistent. Our method of brain training is called neurofeedback, EEG biofeedback, or neurotherapy. In addition to Neurofeedback, we use biofeedback (heart rate variability, skin conductance and temperature, and breath work) audio-visual entrainment (AVE), cranial electrical stimulation (CES), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and pulse electromagnetic field therapy (pEMF). We base the mode or form of treatment on our overall assessment of your brain function and your current experience of symptoms, whether emotional, cognitive, behavior, or stress-related.

 

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a general term used to describe various approaches to recording physiological measures. That physiological information is then presented to the client using auditory or visual feedback. Examples of physiological measures include brain waves, heart rate, respiration, skin temperature, and galvanic skin response. Few people realize they are able to exercise voluntary control over many of their body’s responses and reactions by voluntarily changing brain waves, heart rate, skin temperature, and skin conductance, among other measures. Biofeedback empowers clients to self-regulate and change physiological responses to stressors of all sources (internal or from the environment). Additional improvements may be made in focus, concentration, relaxation, and sleep as well as many other conditions through Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback). The specific biofeedback intervention that is used will be based on a complete and thorough assessment.

Brain circuits

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is different from other forms of biofeedback by its focus solely on the brain and central nervous system. Neurofeedback takes into account behavioral, cognitive, and subjective aspects of individual function as well as brain activity. Neurofeedback challenges the brain to function better. This powerful brain-based technique is not new; it has been successfully helping clients around the world for over 50 years. It is a non-invasive technique with potentially dramatic results for a wide range of symptoms. Neurofeedback is neither experimental nor investigational.

Neurofeedback uses electronic monitoring equipment to provide moment-to-moment information to an individual on the state of their neurophysiological functioning via brain electrical activity. During therapy, sensors are placed on the scalp and then connected to sensitive, computerized electronic equipment that detect, amplify, and record specific brain activity. Neurofeedback sensors and equipment are passive – they only detect, amplify, and display the electrical activity of the brain. The brain’s electrical activity is then fed back to the client through visual, auditory, and tactile (the sense of touch) means. The clinician adjusts how and when feedback is provided to the client based on the brain’s electrical activity. The clinician monitors changes in the feedback signal(s) indicating whether the client’s brain activity is within the parameters of normal functioning. The brain uses the feedback to learn to function more efficiently guided by the clinician’s input. Changes in patterns of brain functioning are associated with positive changes in physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Often the client is unaware of the mechanisms that underlie the changes as they are occurring, although many report acquiring a ‘felt sense’ of the positive changes after the session.

Clients generally do not experience negative side effects, though some have reported nausea and headaches following training. These side effects normally are brief in duration and low in severity, and are not likely to occur in subsequent training sessions.

Clients who come to Focus for Living for brain training are asked to complete several screening instruments related to their symptoms. A quantitative Electro-encephalogram (qEEG), a computerized neuropsychological test, and a continuous performance task test are administered as part of the assessment preceding neurofeedback training. These measures are critical in assessing the area of the brain to be trained correctly, and to establish a baseline prior to treatment so that treatment effects can be accurately measured during the course of training.