Neurofeedback is a computer-guided, noninvasive brain-function training based on EEG feedback. Neurofeedback is also called “Neurotherapy,” “neurofeedback,” or “electroencephalography” (EEG) biofeedback, which helps control involuntary processes such as muscle tension and heart rate. 

Usually, the person is responding to a computer display of her/his own electrical activity of the brain, but it may also simply be a sound stimulation. The most important factor is that neurofeedback is focusing on helping a person train himself/herself to regulate brain functions.

What Does Neurofeedback Help With?

Neurofeedback is used to help treat a variety of neurological and mental health conditions such as concussions, stroke, migraines, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, chronic pain, and PTSD. A review of the literature suggests that, so far, it’s most promising in helping treat ADHD in children by enhancing self-regulation, which improves attention and reduces impulsivity. It’s also helpful in enhancing mental sharpness in adults.

Neurofeedback is also promising in the treatment of dementia research. In the study by Berman, M.H. et al (2009) the subjects had “significant improvement in memory and some aspects of executive functioning” as compared to the control group. However, the researchers also concluded that neurofeedback is more effective for earlier stages of dementia.

The newest research studies suggest that it can be helpful in long-term COVID. The research studies on the effects of COVID on the body and brain indicated that the virus is causing damage to the brain similar to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Therefore, what is helping patients with a history of brain trauma, may also be helpful in long-term COVID. A recent study concluded that neurofeedback may be helpful in reducing neurocognitive dysfunctions in patients with long-term COVID.

Neurofeedback and Mental Health

For a variety of neurological and mental health conditions, research results are inconclusive, but people who have tried it believe that it works. It is not a treatment program, but it is helpful in facilitating healing, provided that the person tries to live a healthy lifestyle and attends therapy. It may also help the person get better with fewer medications or hopefully without meds in the long run. However, it isn’t covered by most insurance plans, and you may need 10 or more sessions, so the financial burden may be significant. 

The good news is that neurofeedback is getting more popular because it is non-invasive and more therapists are using it, so some may offer a sliding scale or a package deal. Also, if neurofeedback is recommended by your medical provider, you may try to convince your insurance to pay for at least several sessions. Generally, if you can afford it, it’s worth a try, since any positive and goal-oriented brain stimulation exercises are good for your brain.

Neurofeedback Therapy at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. This easy, noninvasive therapy can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.

Full story originally published in Psychology Today

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