What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We monitor the brain`s moment to moment activity with small non-invasive sensors placed on the head. Next we show a video display back to the person that shows the person, in “real time”, when their brain is and is not producing optimal patterns. We reward the brain for producing optional brain wave activity, something the brain can learn to do over time. This is a gradual learning process much like development of muscle memory or fine motor control in sports. Advanced neurofeedback training has been used amongst professional and amateur athletes to enhance sports related performance.
We do not have the ability to consciously get our brains to produce “perfect” amounts of various brain wave activity. However, our brains can learn to processing information faster, keep tension levels steady during pressure situations, and be more likely to access to “zone”. Experts agree that “being in the zone”, is a peak state more than a bodily state. For example, in order for athletes to concentrate on a task, parts of the brain must produce more high-frequency brain waves called beta. To have extraordinarily fast reaction time while being, relaxed, however, the brain must produce more medium frequency brain waves. Often the fine line between victory and defeat comes down to brain processing advantages.
Most sports related head injuries, such as concussions, are rather mild and can allow for complete recovery. However, concussion in select cases can pose a serious health risk raging from memory deficits to brain swelling. A repeat concussion that occurs soon after an initial concussion can be especially dangerous. In addition, an athlete who sustains a concussion is also at risk of developing postconcussion syndrome which is characterized by persistent symptoms such as headache, attention deficits, irritability, and changes in mood. Careful and scientific measurement of brain activity is extraordinarily important to know if the athlete has sustained any loss of brain functioning and when the athlete is appropriate to return to play.
An advanced neurological technology called a QEEG produces a brain map which shows how the brain is functioning
We utilize an advanced neurological technology called a QEEG which produces an brain map that allows us to quantify the power, amount, distribution and ratio of various brain waves. To conduct the test, we place a cap on the individuals head. The cap contains sensors that measure brainwaves of various frequencies.