Neurofeedback is a type of brain biofeedback that can help ease symptoms of a number of conditions and disorders, including anxiety, depression, trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addiction and other behavioral health issues.
Neurofeedback is growing in popularity, with more than 7,500 mental health professionals in the U.S. now offering it. According to the International Society for Neurofeedback, more than 100,000 Americans have tried neurofeedback over the past 10 years. Neurofeedback is also known by other names, including neurotherapy, brain biofeedback, neurofeedback therapy and EEG biofeedback.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Clients who participate in neurofeedback sit in a chair facing a computer screen while a specially trained clinician affixes electrodes to their scalp. Wires from the sensors connect to a nearby computer that’s programmed to respond to the client’s brain activity. The procedure is noninvasive, and completely painless and safe.
The client then practices routines that seem more like exercising a muscle than anything strenuous or difficult. Their brain cells, meanwhile, communicate with each other and the patterns show up on an electroencephalogram as brain waves with different frequencies.
Through these exercises, clients learn how to train their brain to produce more desirable brainwaves by coaxing it to correct imbalances and reprogram itself through the feedback that the computer program provides (i.e., positive feedback when the client bolsters desirable brainwaves). An initial “brain map” created by the clinician during the first neurofeedback session is used in subsequent sessions as the clinician teaches the client how to either slow or speed those brain waves.
Benefits of Neurofeedback
The aim of neurofeedback, which is used in conjunction with traditional treatments, is to gain measurable results in quality of life, not just changes in brainwaves. Benefits of neurofeedback may include:
- Improvements in anxiety and depressive symptoms
- Decreased cravings in people with substance use disorders
- Better mental health and addiction treatment effectiveness when used in tandem with other therapies
- Decreased PTSD symptoms in people with trauma
To learn more about Neurofeedback, call 844-876-5568