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Neurofeedback is an exciting new process for dealing with debilitating neurological symptoms.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process (using small electrodes which are attached to the head) where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer which can then use that information to produce changes in brain wave activity. The computer monitors your brain waves while you watch a movie or listen to music. The software compares the incoming brain waves to that of an optimal brain wave in the target range. If the brain waves deviate from normal ranges, it triggers the audio or video to fade. The brain automatically detects this change and refocuses itself back into the proper range. This process is repeated hundreds of times per session with each session usually lasting 30 minutes. With enough repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own without the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptom of irregular brain activity will decline.
Documentation shows that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in certain areas of the brain. For instance, case studies using QEEG “brain maps” have shown that people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brain waves while those who suffer from depression have elevated alpha brain waves. Those with anxiety will have elevated Beta brain waves. Those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brain waves.
Neurofeedback does not target any particular disorder. It’s purpose is to change timing and activation patterns in the brain. This improves brain regulation which can impact a variety of symptoms. Different symptoms will require triggering different areas of the brain. The software is designed to target specific areas of the brain according to a patient’s symptoms.