Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process that builds a healthier, more functional brain. Our brains are fragile, and they are damaged by physcial injury just as much as emotional injury. Even day to day stress, when unaddressed, creates brain changes that make us feel anxious, depressed, angry, or disconnected from those around us. By adjusting brainwave activity, we adjust the root cause of these issues: The Brain.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback utilizes a non-invasive technique for monitoring and correcting brain activity:
Small electrodes are attached to specific areas of the head. We record the brain activity coming from these two areas in real time, while you are watching a movie or listening to music.
We set goals for the types of brain activity that we want to see. These goals are made up of a set of healthy brain patterns that will make you feel better and make your brain work better.
When you meet these goals, by generating the correct type of brain pattern, you'll be able to easily watch your movie or enjoy your music. But, if the brainwaves deviate from normal ranges, then your brain triggers the audio or video to fade.
The brain automatically detects that it has missed it's goal, and it refocuses itself back into the proper range. This process is repeated hundreds of times per session.
The brain is rewarded when the audio or video returns to normal. Every time we get a reward, a pathway in our brain gets stronger. A microscopic piece of brain tissue begins to form a neural pathway, connecting one brain cell to another.
When The Brain Learns, The Results are Long Lasting.
Eventually, these pathways grow to be so strong that they no longer need the reinforcement from the reward. Neurofeedback "touch up" sessions aren't needed, but sometimes sought by some clients who feel ongoing benefits of refreshing these new brain pathways.Three things can shake up brain patterns once learned: head injury, emotional trauma, and new medications. Barring these events, results from neurofeedback have been shown to last 20+ years.Neurofeedback does not exclusively target any particular disorder. Its 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 each individual client's symptoms.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
There is no magic number. Just as every person is unique, the number of sessions will vary according to each person.Noticeable results typically occur between the first and tenth session. In general 20 - 40 sessions are needed for the results to become long-lasting.The goal is to complete enough sessions to ensure consistent and lasting benefits. A brain map can be generated at any time between sessions, so that you can visually see the progress your brain is making.
What Is Brain Mapping?
The neurofeedback process begins with a mapping of the brain. The brain is a highly complex organ made up of billions of cells called neurons. Neurons send and receive messages to and from all parts of your body. These messages are electrical impulses that create brain waves. The brain map is an important tool we use to evaluate your brainwaves and identify opportunities to improve communication between various regions of the brain. The brain map is able to capture a window of brain activity, analyze the data, and create a visual representation for each lobe of the brain and each specific brain wave (Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta).
How Does Brain Mapping Work?
Using a cap placed on the scalp, our software captures the electrical impulses in the brain. This method is known as an electroencephalogram (EEG). The results show brain wave patterns in different parts of the brain. The process takes about 15 minutes, and the data is then converted into a visual brain map report. We analyze the brain map report and identify any problem areas. The report will display the results in a clear and concise format that can be easily understood.