Modern brain science has revealed that our brains are responsible for much more than previously thought. Brain cells “talk” to each other using electricity and chemistry. In fact, the brain produces enough electrical juice to power a 30-watt light bulb. With 100 billion tiny brain cells (weighing a little over two pounds) the brain is a warehouse of memories and a factory of hormones.
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function based on electrical brain activity measured through a QEEG. It is a gradual process by which the brain learns to function more efficiently, involving the observation of real-time brain action and shaping an individual’s brain activity to promote more appropriate patterns of brain waves. This allows an individual to change their attention, emotions, and behavior. In addition, neurofeedback can also be used to improve performance, from student-athletes to professionals.
Brain research has proven that teaching the brain to accept new electrical patterns and release old, destructive patterns can repair damage in the brain and create brand new connections between brain cells. What we find are the parts of the brain that aren’t talking to one another and ‘reconnect’ the wires using virtual wire nuts. Neurofeedback protocols used at SWBPC have improved patients’ sleep patterns, helped with anxiety and depression, and helped with chronic pain and migraines. It has also been helpful in managing attention and emotions and was beneficial in the treatment of ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and autism.
What Our Brains Need
The brain can only function for a few minutes without oxygen. Activity as simple as a brisk walk 3-4 times a week sends more blood and oxygen to the brain.
The better the fuel, the better your car runs. Cheap gas gums up the inside of the engine. Refined sugar, alcohol, and many grains do the same to your brain and body. Good fats, lean protein, and carbohydrates are ideal fuel.
Training the brain to be sharp, calm, and fully functioning is a simple task with neurofeedback.
EEG Brain Mapping
The best way to measure the brain’s efficiency to do its job is by using testing known as electroencephalography. All neurofeedback begins with a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) evaluation. The QEEG is an assessment tool designed to objectively and scientifically evaluate a person’s brainwave patterns.
What Does Neurofeedback Training Do?
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation by creating permanent changes in the brain. As the brain learns to react to new patterns of electrical activity, it can rebuild and rewire itself. This process can help an individual to be healthier, happier, and more successful at life! What does that mean exactly? Different things to different people, but generally this brain training greatly encourages the brain to fix itself in these five major areas:
Increased attention span: better concentration and focus at school, in sports and at work.
- Better memory & improved recall.
- Less anxiety by promoting more restful sleep and improved stress handling.
- Reduced impulsiveness, better decision making, & being less reactive.
- Less depression with reduced mood swings and a better outlook on life.
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.
Originally posted by SWBrainPCTags: brain mapping, EEG Biofeedback, neurofeedback