What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback (NFB) is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances.
What conditions does it help?
Many children have sleep problems that can be helped such as teeth grinding, nightmares, night terrors. NFB can also be helpful with many of the problems of adolescence including drug abuse, suicidal behavior, anxiety and depression. NFB can also help to maintain good brain function as people get older. The good news is that almost any brain, regardless of its level of function, can be trained to function better.
- While medication and behavioral interventions can do a good job treating the symptoms of children with ADD or ADHD, neurofeedback retrains the brain to regain better control and focus. This method is about building up the person, focused on the qualities they possess.
Stress & Anxiety
- Anxiety is a common response to stress, and sufferers often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and fatigued. Neurofeedback can help guide your brain to change how it responds to stimuli that disturb our physical or mental equilibrium.
- Concentration, focus and emotional control are key to achieving optimal performance in all fields. Athletes and business executives are taking advantage of neurofeedback technologies to learn how to utilize the full potential of their minds to reach their peak.
What about medications?
With successful neurofeedback training, the medications targeting brain function may very well no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages, as the brain takes over more of the role of regulating itself. This decrease in medications is particularly striking when the medications play a supportive role in any event, as is often the case for the more severe disorders that we are targeting with our work. It is important for clients to communicate with their prescribing physician regarding neurofeedback and medications.
Are there any side effects?
Mild side effects can sometimes occur during training. For example, occasionally someone may experience tiredness, spaciness, feeling “wired”, anxious, or develop a headache. These feelings disappear shortly after training. If you do feel any of these, please notify Lisa Pinkstaff. During some protocols, emotions and memories may be touched. Some may be distressing. You are encouraged to discuss these if they come up.
Is Neurofeedback covered by Insurance?
Neurofeedback is not generally covered by insurance at this time.
How many sessions will I need?
Depending on the severity of the issues, sessions could run between 10-40+ sessions. Average amount of sessions is 40. Sessions are normally set up 2x a week until last stage of treatment.