Neurofeedback (NFB), also called neurotherapy, neurobiofeedback or EEG biofeedback (EEGBF)
Neurofeedback put simply is giving your brain feedback about it's own activity.
Neurofeedback is used as a therapy system to help people with organic or disregulated brain disorders, although it can also be used to help people exercise their brain to improve personal performance.
Working with Neurofitness UK our clients have improved their ability to regulate and stabilise things like behavior, emotions, and even pain.
neuroffedback training can improve cognitive functions such as learning, focus, attention, and memory. We can also work on verbal, written, and motor skills.
If Neurofeedback can do so much, why haven’t I heard about it before?
Neurofeedback is not yet taught in most medical schools or psychology graduate programs. Many professionals are therefore unaware of the power of this technique. The field is growing rapidly and as it does more professionals will be informed and educated in neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback for the brain. It works with the brain and teaches it to be flexible, functionally efficient and balanced. It is probably the biggest breakthrough in non-invasive medicine in the past fifty years. Although it isn’t one the of mainstream treatment options, Fortune 500 CEOs and major national and international corporations use it to train their management teams and consider it part of their secret tools for success. The Canadian Olympic team attributes part of their performance in the Winter Olympics of 2010 to neurofeedback. Camp Pendleton ( a U.S. military naval base ) now has several clinicians working with returning veterans to help them overcome PTSD and regain their lives after contributing in the war. In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics gave Neurofeedback the highest rating as a top level treatment method for ADHD and the American Food and Drug Administration agrees.
The reason that neurofeedback has so much success is because the brain is the major component of a four-dimensional network (psyche, neurological, endocrine and immunological) that covers every square millimeter of the body. Any changes or disruptions to one or more components will be instantaneously transmitted to the other systems allowing the necessary adjustments to take place and keep the mind and body in homeostasis.
So why is it so important to train the brain?
The flexible brain can alter it’s activity according to the changes that take place in the internal and external environment. When the brain is stuck in high activity/alert mode or low activity/alert mode or anywhere in between it’s out of balance and cannot meet the demands placed on it. The brain in perennial high alert will respond to any challenge with an excessive response even when this inappropriate. Think about leisurely reading; if the brain is stuck in high alert (fight or flight) you will be hyper-focusing on the content of the pages and miss the big picture. This situation causes an excess energy consumption, it’s far from relaxing and counterproductive. On the other hand, an individual who is not adequately alert will have a hard time focusing and feeling motivated.
A flexible brain can send the right information with adequate intensity to all the other systems in the body with a global, beneficial improvement of symptoms.
Neurofeedback is a learning process and just like with any learning process it takes time, patience and perseverance. Unlike traditional modalities, the clinician is a guide and makes decisions but doesn’t do anything to the client. Rather it is the client and his/her brain that are doing the work. With neurofeedback the client takes responsibility and an active role in the healing process. Many symptoms will improve from the first few sessions but the most important thing to realize is that it isn’t a quick fix. Keep in mind that it might have taken your brain years to get to the current situation and it will take some time to make changes. It’s an effort well spent because the results are long term. In fact, the process is gentle enough that you will begin to feel a subtle shift in your mood and inner strength which becomes gradually more evident over time.
Therapeutic applications of neurofeedback
Neurofeedback has helped me recover from post concussion syndrome. It helped with insomnia, memory, fatigue, irritability, light & noise sensitivity, heightened smell & nausea, anxiety and depression, all symptoms of my brain injury. After each session I felt calm and like my brain was functioning better. I’d highly recommend it to anyone with post concussion […]