What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a tool that experts have developed to allow your brain to visualize the waves associated with thought processes. Your brain operates on an infinitely complex system of neurons and synapses, utilizing different frequencies to convey information throughout your body, as well as trigger physical, emotional and cognitive action. Neurofeedback aims to give your brain a visual representation of these functions as they happen in real-time. You can train your brain to adjust these patterns through a series of mental exercises. The goal you are trying to achieve depends upon what you are trying to change.
Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health indicate a statistically significant improvement in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as generalized anxiety disorders (GAD) after incorporating Neurofeedback into their therapy regimen. The specialists at BPS Medical have years of experience in administering effective neurofeedback therapy sessions. Using state-of-the-art technology, the sessions are non-invasive and administered in a calm, supportive environment.
How Neurofeedback Therapy Works
Neurofeedback requires two things, a machine capable of reading and transmitting brain activity and a computer that can turn that information into a visual representation. As mentioned above, neurofeedback therapy is a form of brain training. Essentially, it provides your brain with a visual representation of the wave patterns happening inside your head, in real-time. Doctors use a device called a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG), which is placed on your head like a cap and tracks your brain wave function. It converts the signals into visual information, which doctors can use to diagnose your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.
In terms of what you actually see on the screen, there is a range of different methods and outputs that the information can be displayed in. It could be a simple visual, displayed in the form of a ‘video game’. It can also be integrated into music or video applications where the program interrupts when your wave patterns deviate from the desired acceptable range. When your brain is operating in a positive way, the program recognizes that behavior with rewards.
By encouraging proper function, neurofeedback is essentially outsourcing a biological function that the brain is used to. In our everyday lives, our brains reward us for good behavior, by releasing dopamine when we do something that our brain sees as positive, like workout or socializing with friends. As you continue neurofeedback therapy, over time the desired wave pattern will become second nature.
Who Can Benefit From Neurofeedback Therapy?
There is a wide range of potential applications for neurofeedback therapy. The only limit is that it must be used for conditions involving the brain, meaning psychological, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and performance-based conditions. Neurofeedback therapy has the potential to help patients suffering from the following conditions:
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD)
- age-related cognitive decline
- Acquired brain injuries
- Behavioral disorders
Neurofeedback therapy can also be used to supplement your current therapy or treatment programs, as the combination of multiple approaches can produce results faster.
Neurofeedback Therapy in Chadds Ford, PA
If you have been experiencing symptoms of mental health decline or age-related cognitive decline we may have the solution for you. At Hope Brain & Body Recovery Center we offer Neurofeedback therapy that could be your answer to relief and recovery. To learn more about Neurofeedback and to see if it is the right option for you contact our team today to book a consultation.