Neurofeedback is a way of working with brain waves in order to achieve optimal brain function. In order for brains to work optimally the different types of brain waves need to have a certain relationship with each other. A neurofeedback session is actually an interactive EEG (electroencephalogram). Very little talking is involved as the client watches images of their brain waves on a computer screen. The brain naturally tries to balance itself and remain balanced. When there is an injury or a problem the brain will attempt to restore balance, but often creates an imbalanced condition that is not optimal. Neurofeedback provides the brain with a type of mirror in order to restructure more effectively. As it achieves better function it is able to create a better balance. Once this is stably achieved the process is complete. The new natural balance will typically stay that way without more sessions unless there is a new injury or something else occurs to cause an imbalance. Many people don’t have optimal brain function even if there is not a “disorder” present. It is, however, very helpful for problems like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and brain injury. Brain injuries can include concussions, childhood injuries that may still be affecting adults, and damage due to exposure to toxins such as anesthesia or chemotherapy.
When a client comes in for neurofeedback there is a two-session assessment done to determine the individual approach best suited to balancing the person’s brain waves. After that, weekly sessions take place where a person allows their brain to watch its own waves and, as a result, the intensity or voltage of the slower brain waves shrinks. The brain waves are transmitted by two sensors that are attached to the scalp with EEG paste (the paste is easily removable and people are able to return to work without paste in their hair or on their head). The sensors pick up the brain waves between the two sites where the sensors are attached. The sensors are placed in different places for each person as is indicated by the initial assessment sessions. If you are interested in this approach please feel free to schedule a free initial consultation. You will see how neurofeedback is put into action and gain a better understanding of this process.