What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a method of optimizing brain functioning through rebalancing of the brain’s electrical patterns. It is both non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical. The brain plays a vital role in managing our biopsychosocial functioning, and difficult symptoms can be seen in atypical brainwave patterns.Targeting brainwaves directly can be reduce difficult symptoms as well as reduce stress and enhance professional, sporting, and artistic performance. Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions including ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain/Headaches, Symptoms of PTSD, Memory and Recall problems, Sleep Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injuries/Concussions.

What is a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG)? 

A quantitative EEQ (qEEG) is a test that gathers data about brain function to inform and monitor treatment. A qEEG takes approximately [30-40] minutes and is performed by a trained clinician placing a cap with 20 electrodes on the scalp of the patient. The electrodes sit on the surface of the skin and measure electrical activity beneath them, which is then translated into a visual representation of each frequency in the brain. This data is analyzed to find clinically significant outliers within brainwaves. It is these outliers that are often associated with symptoms such as low mood, lack of motivation, inability to focus, anxiousness, brainfog, etc. With consultation between the practitioner and patient, is it typically these outlier frequencies that become the targets for Neurofeedback Training.

What is Neurofeedback Training?

Neurofeedback Training is an intervention where brain activity is measured and made more efficient through real-time feedback to the brain. A brain training protocol based on a clinical exam and on the data gathered from the qEGG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is instituted through a sophisticated software program. Electrodes placed on the scalp record brainwave function and send information back to the brain through an auditory or visual stimulus when brainwaves are in the targeted frequency. Brainwaves are trained the desired direction through rewards generated by changes in the audio/visual stimulus. Over time and through its natural bent toward regulation, the brain can retrain itself to function within optimal frequencies, and symptoms can be reduced. 

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Neurofeedback can be a stand-alone treatment, or incorporated into psychotherapy,combining brain training with exploration and resolution of underlying cognitive and relational patterns. 

Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions including ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Headaches, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress, Memory and Recall problems, Sleep Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injuries/Concussions

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The principles of Neurofeedback were discovered accidentally in the 1960’s by a scientist named Barry Sterman while studying the toxic effects of rocket fuel on brain function for NASA. Inexplicably, some of the animals in the experiment showed no symptoms of seizures when exposed to the toxin. Sterman later discovered these were the same animals he had used during a previous experiment whose brainwaves had been trained to optimize in a certain frequency. 

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Neurofeedback training can be used to optimize performance and reduce stress in professional/corporate, sporting, and artistic realms. Protocols can be designed to enhance desired brain functions, such as focus, ability to access Flowstates, and reduce anxiety. 

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