Neurofeedback (Brainwave Biofeedback/EEG)
Nearly anyone can learn to shift brain activity with Neurofeedback, from children as young as 4 years old to adults of any age. Because of this, Neurofeedback has very high success rates when used as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions or as a strategy for optimum performance training.
Neurofeedback is the term commonly given to EEG or brainwave biofeedback. It is a highly effective method of optimizing brain function. Neurofeedback can help you to improve focus and memory, manage stress, improve sleep, manage addictions, learn more effectively, reduce pain, enhance meditation skills and create a state of “flow” in which life just seems to move along without effort. Studies show that neurofeedback produces longer lasting results in the treatment of such conditions as ADHD and anxiety than are typically achieved with treatment by medications. Unlike treatment with medication, side effects from neurofeedback are very rare.
Neurofeedback trains the brain to produce more of the brainwave patterns that are necessary for sustained focus. It also trains the brain to produce less of the patterns that are responsible for distractability and anxiety. There have been thousands of scientific articles published that support the effectiveness of Neurofeedback. It produces a long lasting effect, without the substantial disadvantages of tolerance and side-effect that are common with medications.
Neurofeedback works by training students to alter specific types of brainwaves in order to create more balanced, healthy and efficient brain function. Most training programs begin with a physiological assessment called a Quantitative EEG, or QEEG.
Data for a QEEG analysis is taken in the same way as a regular EEG, which measures the patterns of electrical impulses produced by the brain. However, a QEEG requires a detailed mathematical analysis of both brain frequencies (brain waves) and the relationship of these frequencies among all parts of the brain. The result is a detailed map of brain function in 19 different areas of the brain. This brain map is matched to symptoms and compared to brain patterns typically produced by a person of matched age with healthy brain function, to determine what specific locations, frequencies and brain relationships need to be shifted in order to produce as optimum brain performance as possible for any individual.