What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also referred to as EEG feedback or Neurotherapy, literally means “brain” and “input,” where the brain is monitored and input is given instantly.” It is used to improve brainwave activity. Neurofeedback examines brainwaves, it finds the abnormalities and then creates a signal to fix the abnormality and send the brainwave back to normal patterns. After many neurofeedback sessions, the brain will be trained to stay within normal, healthy patterns without the help of a computer.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
First, you will have non-invasive sensors attached to your scalp with a conductive paste. The sensors will work like small microphones, recording and amplifying brainwave activity that you are already producing.
Once the sensors are in place, you will usually have options on what audio or video you would like to listen to. Let’s say you will be watching a computer animation. As you are watching it, when the brain waves create normal patterns you will be rewarded with the animation moving and the sound playing. This works by the sensors picking up brain wave signals from the scalp, the computer receiving the cues from the sensors, and then transforming the images on the screen and tones. It is a pain-free treatment. The sensors do not shock the brain, create electricity, read thoughts, or anything of that nature.
Another example of this is if there is video playing and it pauses or dims the brain fixes it when it senses the change. The brain will subconsciously modify itself back to healthy brainwave patterns. Gradually the brain learns to stay within the healthy patterns. Neurofeedback works through the subconscious mind, so the patient doesn’t feel a thing.
Neurofeedback checks the percentage of brain waves in specific areas of the brain and examines how the brainwaves are working together. Your brainwaves can be out of alignment; the same way your vehicle can hit a pothole and be out of alignment and not function correctly. Neurofeedback provides physical training for the brain to get brainwaves back into alignment.