Neurofeedback, also referred to as EEG, is used to monitor and enhance a patient’s brainwaves and brain performance. With neurofeedback therapy, a patient may be able to better manage symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep problems, addiction, disordered eating, trauma, and other mental health disorders. Neurofeedback can also assist with bolstering overall academic, occupational and sports performance outcomes.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
How Does Neurofeedback Therapy Work?
- Brainwaves consist of millions of neurons firing at the same time with frequency spectrums that are associated with different states of wakefulness and fatigue, and these states carry different meanings related to emotions, physical activity levels, concentration, and creative expression. Challenges such as insomnia, drowsiness, muscle tension, uneasiness, headache, and other health problems may occur if brainwave spectrum frequencies do not fire optimally when needed for a specific activity.
- With neurofeedback training, brainwaves are monitored via electroencephalography (EEG) sensors. Neurofeedback sensors provide auditory or auditory and visual feedback sent to a patient's brain.
- This feedback shows how each brainwave frequency is performing and "optimizes" when a patient reaches a state of improved brain performance, thus providing a positive association which is reinforcing. The brain is trained through reinforcement and inhibition to better regulate its brainwaves and cortical activity. This results in improved cognitive resiliency.
What Should You Expect During A Neurofeedback Therapy Session?
- An initial qEEG brain mapping evaluation will be conducted.
- EEG sensors are placed on a patient's scalp, providing 45-60 minutes of feedback and brainwave training per therapy session.
- A neurofeedback therapy patient receives auditory and visual (eyes open) or auditory only (eyes closed) forms of feedback. With eyes closed neurofeedback training, a patient enters a state of deep relaxation and receives auditory feedback. With eyes open neurofeedback therapy, a patient watches images on a screen paired with sounds, based on his or her brainwaves. This patient is shown when they are "in the zone" - indicating the ideal state of relaxed attentiveness, and the brain is conditioned to learn how to achieve this state in the future.
Schedule A Consultation
At Achieve Medical Center, we offer neurofeedback therapy sessions, and our medical clinicians are happy to teach patients about all aspects. To schedule a neurofeedback therapy consultation, please contact us online, or call us today at (858) 427-5060.