Neurofeedback is a process in which we train the brain to help improve its abability to regulate all bodily functions and to take care of itself. Just as biofeedback machines supply doctors and health professionals with feedback from the body, neurofeedback provides the neurotherapist with feedback from the brain in the form of various brainwave patterns as they are distributed throughout the brain. Examples of these brainwaves are the delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma waves.
Neurofeedback is direct exercise of the brain. As the brain continues to get rewarded through visual and/or auditory feedback, neural networks on the area where the electrodes are located are being activated. With repeated neurofeedback sessions, these newly formed neural networks become more permanent and the dysfunctional symptoms of the client undertaking the training are steadily being reduced. Since the brain is the command and control centre of the whole body, good self-regulation enhances mental performance, emotional control and physiological stability.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Electrodes or sensors are placed on the scalp. The electrodes pick up the brainwave activity of the client and relay this to the special amplifier (Atlantis 4×4) and the readout is displayed on the computer screen. The therapist sets certain training criteria in the computer software and if the brain fulfills these criteria, then the brain gets rewarded in the form of auditory and/or visual cues (sound and images).
There is no electrical input to the brain at all so neurofeedback is a totally non-invasive procedure. Once the brain gets its reward through auditory and/or visual feedback), there is a great tendency for the brain to move towards self-regulation thus resulting in optimal functioning. Neurofeedback utilizes highly specialized equipment to re-train the brain. The process normalizes brain wave patterns thus enhancing performance and correcting cognitive
deficits.With training, using these new and more efficient pathways becomes a habit for the brain and the new neural connections become permanent.
What conditions can it help?
• Anxiety-depression spectrum
• Attention deficit
• Brain injury and strokes
• Delayed speech
• Lack of focus and concentration
• Learning Disabilities
• Mathematical Disabilities
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Reading difficulties
• Sleep Disorder
It can also be used:
• to improve auditory and visual processing
• to enhance language comprehension
• as a memory booster
• to achieve peak performance
• to reduce stress