Neurofeedback (NF) is an advanced biofeedback method which helps clients accomplish self-regulation training of their brainwaves (EEG, electroencephalogram). It is also called EEG feedback. Sensors on the head record brainwaves which are interpreted by computer software that provides highly specific training feedback to the individual. NF monitors and mirrors brainwave signals from neurons near the sensors to gain self-regulation of the nervous system. It is NOT stimulation of the brain. Neurofeedback training is a doorway to personal progress, to reach higher levels of consciousness, abilities and mind function. Such performance technology is currently used by people and groups such as: Universities, Institute for Performance Improvement, US Olympic Training Center, US Military Center for Enhanced Performance, large companies, professional athletes in the NFL and PGA, US Army Marksmanship Team, corporate executives, and individuals who want to strengthen their brain power to accomplish their goals.
Neurofeedback is a subdivision of biofeedback, which is a method of gaining information by monitoring a person’s blood pressure, skin temperature, brains waves, and heart rate to help promote control over what are usually involuntary processes. Think of dysregulation like an orchestra that is tuning up before a performance. No one is playing WITH one another, instead there is a cacophony of noise that doesn’t sound so nice. Thanks to technology, we can get accurate information about how parts of our brain are working and use tools and practices such as mindfulness, relaxation, intention to increase or decrease activity in the various parts of each individual brain.
How Does Neurofeedback Help Neurological Issues?
One interesting thing about neurofeedback is that it can be used to support and resolve brainwave dysregulation, which in turn can help a variety of emotional and behavioral including:
- Sleep problems
When the brain is given real-time information about itself, it is able to make necessary adjustments. And it can make these adjustments quite rapidly, too. This means after just one session, an individual may notice an improvement in their mood, regulation or attention. Six or more sessions, sometimes 20-40 sessions can help a person transform their brain through awareness and intention.
When people get stuck in a particular mental state it can cause problems in their relationships, their ability to focus, maintain work pace, and manage day-to-day stressors. Utilizing neurofeedback training as a strategy for rapid growth is worth the time, effort and resources it requires especially because it helps the brain (and the person) learn how to shift states more fluidly. This can help people who suffer from anger issues, anxiety, depression, impulsivity, and behavioral issues. Neurofeedback helps accelerate learning by providing feedback of typically unconscious processes. The Neurofeedback learning process enables clients to move through emotional and physical stress quicker and has more permanent results than psychotherapy alone. Through the use of neurofeedback clients teach themselves to master their nervous system arousal – mental and emotional stress – and brings more flexibility, ease and flow into their mental functioning and emotional expression.
If you or someone you know would like to experience the benefits of neurofeedback, please reach out to me. I would be happy to discuss how I may be able to help.