Neurofeedback 101: Part 1

Neurofeedback 101: Part 1

Posted on: December 5th, 2022 by Neurohealth Associates

Neurofeedback and biofeedback are fields that contain a lot of information related to therapies, technology, and methodology. There are a few concepts, however, that are very prevalent within the field that may confuse people looking at neurofeedback or biofeedback training programs for the first time.

This multi-part article looks at some of the most common definitions and terms people have questions about when it comes to neurofeedback & biofeedback training. Part 1 will go over Neurofeedback training and brainwaves.

What is Neurofeedback Training?

What is neurofeedback? The activity in your brain determines everything you feel and do.

While most people have normal brain function, they still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day-to-day life. This is where neurofeedback can help. Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is biofeedback for the brain. To understand neurofeedback, first, we need to understand a little about brainwaves.

Brainwaves are the electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with one another. Brainwaves tell us a great deal about how you feel and function; your thought habits, stress levels, underlying mood, and overall brain function.

Using sensors on the scalp, activity is measured and monitored. With brain analysis software (QEEG brain map), specific activities are identified that give rise to your symptoms.

Much like physical exercises develop specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the better it gets at it (see neuroplasticity). As with learning any new skill, it simply requires time and repetition.

What are Brainwaves?

At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communication between neurons within our brains. Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.

This activity is detected using sensors placed on the scalp. The activity is divided into bandwidths to describe their functions (below), but are best thought of as a continuous spectrum of consciousness; from slow, loud, and functional – to fast, subtle, and complex.

It is a handy analogy to think of brainwaves as musical notes – the low-frequency waves are like a deeply penetrating drum beat, while the higher-frequency brainwaves are more like a subtle high-pitched flute. Like a symphony, the higher and lower frequencies link and cohere with each other through harmonics.

Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling. When slower brainwaves are dominant we can feel tired, slow, sluggish, or dreamy. The higher frequencies are dominant when we feel wired, or hyper-alert.

The descriptions that follow are only broad descriptions – in practice, things are far more complex, and brainwaves reflect different aspects when they occur in different locations in the brain.

Neurofeedback Training at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. 

This easy, noninvasive training 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.

Original information posted by BrainWorks.

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