Neurofeedback is a revolutionary therapy for healing neurological problems. It is non-invasive and has been used to not only treat chronic pain, but also depression, anxiety, and addiction. Studies have shown that these symptoms are a result of irregular brain wave patterns.
During neurofeedback, the brain waves are monitored using a computer, as you listen to music or watch a movie.
How does it work? When the computer picks up an irregular brain wave pattern, you receive an audio or visual cue. This alerts your brain to subconsciously adjust itself back to a normal pattern. Repetition of this process allows the brain to learn to maintain regular brain wave patterns on its own. Neurofeedback actually corrects the timing of the brain, and the results are often permanent.
The Neurofeedback Session
Small electrodes are temporarily adhered to the head, and the computer monitors the brain waves through the electrodes. Your brain waves are then compared to optimal brave waves. When the waves divert from optimal, the audio or video trigger will alert your brain to readjust to the normal range. This process can happen hundreds of times in a single session as you watch your movie or listen to music. The repetition conditions the brain to maintain the optimal brain waves.
Most neurofeedback sessions last about a half hour and are totally painless and non-invasive. It’s hard to say how many sessions each patient needs, as it varies from one person to the next. Most patients receive 20-40 sessions in order to achieve permanent results.
During the neurofeedback process, a brain map of each session shows how well the brain is maintaining optimal brain wave patterns. In this way, we can tell when no more sessions are required.