What is Neurofeedback?

Child during neurofeedback session Perhaps you experienced a disturbing event such as a motor vehicle accident, or a sport's injury that affected your brain. For example, if your head/brain was hit (a brain injury doesn't have to involve a concussion) you may have symptoms such as having difficulty with memory, concentrating, working, or a sudden change in your emotional state.

Possibly the disturbing situation is having to live with Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder that affects the functioning of your brain. You may prefer to have your or your child's brain function better using self-healing methods that are long lasting and have no chemical side effects.

You may have ADD/ADHD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), anxiety, depression and PTSD. You may want your or your child's brain to function better so that you or your child can perform more effectively at home, school, or at work. You may want to change your brain with the help of a non-invasive therapy like Neurofeedback (Neuro = brain) (feedback = information to itself). Neurofeedback or Brain Biofeedback is a self-healing therapy, which facilitates healing yourself through the use of information given back to the brain by a computer. This information allows your brain to grow different and healthier pathways resulting in changes in behaviour, such as less impulsivity or reactivity; more focus and attention; better reading and/or math skills, less anxiety, or depression. As in EMDR, where the brain did all the work almost automatically, Neurofeedback also helps you help the brain do the work to fix itself, hence a self-healing therapy. Neurofeedback training is training in self-regulation, that is, you learn how to control your brainwaves. Research on Neurofeedback has reported significant improvements in people who have difficulties with attention deficit, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, seizure disorders, closed head injuries, mood disorders, PTSD, and many other conditions. The outcomes using Neurofeedback as reported in research articles are significant and extraordinary.

Biofeedback has been around since 1875, and is endorsed by the American Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin as a viable therapy. Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback that deals exclusively with the brain.

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapy resulting in more effective functioning brains. With Neurofeedback, you can perform more effectively and efficiently, whether it involves behavioural, mental or emotional functioning.

What is EEG Neurofeedback?

Child during session EEG Neurofeedback is a form of EEG Biofeedback that allows an individual to retrain their brain using a computer-based technique. Sensors are placed on the scalp and the computer converts the brainwaves into game-like images coinciding with sounds. The individual controls what is happening on the computer screen by changing their brainwave patterns in the desired direction, thus learning to change and normalize their brain state.

There have been numerous research studies regarding the treatment of ADD/ADHD showing that EEG Neurofeedback is at least as effective in reducing symptoms as psycho-stimulant drugs. Most studies have reported treatment success rates of between 70 to 80% for those children who show abnormal brainwaves in the EEG brain maps. Long-term follow-up studies with children have shown they have improved attention, which remains stable long after treatment has ended.

This information on EEG Neurofeedback was adapted from www.drmueller-healthypsychology.com.

Who can benefit from Neurofeedback?

Some examples how Neurofeedback helped my patients:

Where can I find more information about Neurofeedback?

For additional information on Neurofeedback, refer to the following websites:

You may also find the following books helpful in understanding Neurofeedback and also how our brain can heal itself: