Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is brainwave biofeedback. The basic principles of how neurofeedback works are deceptively simple. Sign Up for our newsletter to hear about what some real people have to say about it.
Communication between groups of cells in the brain generates thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions. This activity is detectable in the form of brainwaves, or electrical impulses generated by your brain activity.
In neurofeedback, this electrical wave activity is recorded by bio-sensors (electroencephalograph) and displayed using a computer. You are connected to the computer via some electrodes and conductive paste. It is painless and non-invasive (and cleans up easily). Next, Auditory, tactile, and visual cues let you know when you are activating or suppressing the target area of the brain. Through this method, you learn how to quiet brainwaves associated with low performance and increase brainwaves associated with ideal brain function.
Neurofeedback trains the brain much like exercises are used to train specific muscles. The more the brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient place, the stronger and more efficient it becomes. This exercising the brain to gain new skills to train its own function is what makes neurofeedback such a powerful technique.
As the brain governs your emotional health, psychological health and every system in your body, training it into better function has far-reaching benefits. Neurofeedback has an excellent track record for symptom resolution over a broad spectrum of conditions. Please see the links to the research below.
Neurofeedback is used to teach children with ADHD how to calm and concentrate, and is rated level 1 ‘best practice’ intervention for ADHD by the American Pediatric Association. NASA uses neurofeedback to train astronauts. The US military uses it to train their Special Forces, and has adopted neurofeedback as a new intervention for PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A great website designed to answer almost all your questions about neurofeedback can be found here.
For a rather comprehensive overview of research articles related to neurofeedback, here is a great article: “What is Neurofeedback — An Update,” by D. Corydon Hammond.
An entire bibliography of research has been compiled by the ISNR (International Society for Neurofeedback and Research) which can be found here.
And of course, I’m always willing to talk about my experience with neurofeedback. Send me an email at info @ mindpath.com (remove the spaces); and we’ll set up a time.