Neurofeedback, also referred to as biofeedback, 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?
- During the intake evaluation session a neurofeedback therapy practitioner asks 90 questions to learn about a patient’s specific symptoms and experiences, then develops an individualized therapy protocol based on their treatment needs. The practitioner asks additional questions to the patient in order to develop up to four individualized treatment goal areas in order to monitor progress in future sessions or fine-tune the protocol over time if needed.
- EEG sensors are placed on a patient's ears and scalp. Typically one to three sensors are used, and provide 45-60 minutes of feedback and brainwave training per therapy session.
- A neurofeedback therapy patient receives auditory and visual or auditory only forms of feedback. With eyes closed neurofeedback training, a patient simultaneously enters a state of deep relaxation and receives auditory feedback. With eyes open neurofeedback therapy, a patient watches rapidly changing images on a screen paired with sounds, based on his or her brainwaves. This shows when a patient is "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.