Our brains are amazing machines. Using a feedback control function to self-regulate, the brain is able to adapt and improve its own performance.
Because it is difficult to give the brain direct feedback, this feedback mechanism is rarely used to its full ability level. This means that when the brain’s regulatory system ‘misfires’, the lack of the feedback means the brain doesn’t realise there is a problem.
Just as it would be a struggle to drive a car without being able to see through a windscreen, or fly an aircraft without radar, without a correctly functioning feedback mechanism the brain’s control function can’t correct itself – it does not know how well it is working.
Brain dysregulation has been linked to conditions as varied as ADHD (in children and adults), autistic spectrum disorders, epilepsy, depression, migraine, anxiety, anger, fibromyalgia syndrome, and post-cancer cognitive impairment (‘chemo-brain’).
So in simple terms, Neurofeedback is a tool to improve brain regulation. It closes the loop and provides high-quality information to your brain’s control function, allowing the brain to self-regulate and learn how to work better.
A Safe Alternative to Medication
Research has demonstrated that, unlike medication which only works whilst it is being taken, regular Neurofeedback training can provide lasting benefits. It is believed this is because Neurofeedback brain training provides the brain with the feedback it needs to make permanent corrections itself, whilst medication simply controls the symptoms.
Neurofeedback has never harmed anyone, unlike medication which has unpredictable side effects which can be as serious as death, either directly due to a reaction to the medication or suicidal thoughts brought on by the medication tragically acted out.
Neurofeedback uses the brain’s own power to self-regulate, in other words previously ‘incurable’ conditions or conditions which are normally medicated now have an effective natural option.
Reaching Parts of the Brain Other Therapies Don’t
Unlike talking therapies or EMDR, neurofeedback therapy does not require the client to recall or relive the trauma. This makes it very effective for young people who either don’t remember the trauma, or do remember it and find it too overwhelming to recall it or talk about it.
Some people are physiologically not ready for talking therapy, and won’t be until their dysregulated nervous system has been calmed down. Neutrofeedback can build the scaffolding to enable other therapies to work.
Here at Neurohealth Associates we specialize in Neurofeedback treatments. Neurofeedback may be helpful if you have unwanted mood swings, problems sleeping, anger management issues, motivation, or poor self-esteem. The easy, noninvasive treatment can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life.
Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth today and find out how we can help you.Tags: brain mapping, clinical research, EEG Biofeedback, neurofeedback