What Is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback (NFB), also called neurotherapy or neurobiofeedback, is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity (electroencephalography or EEG) to teach self-regulation of brain function.
All forms of biofeedback employ some type of computer or monitoring device along with electronic sensors to give information about what is going on in the body. With neurofeedback, feedback is given about specific brain waves: the percentage of each one in specific areas of the brain, called amplitude; are the brain waves working harmoniously together (regulated) or is there a dysregulation?
When the brain is dysregulated, it is like a symphony orchestra tuning up, making a lot of noise that is unpleasant to the ear. Another example is driving down the road and hitting a pot hole. One of the car's tires is now out of alignment with the other tires causing the car to no longer work as efficiently as before, even making it hard to steer.
Also, using the example of a car, anyone who has to have a yearly state inspection knows that the car is hooked up to various computers to see if the engine or transmission is working properly. The newer forms of Neurofeedback also provide this type of information. It is now possible to map out the brain through Quantitive EEG (QEEG), or identifying specific regions of the brain that are not working properly. Still other forms of neurofeedback provide information of how your brain compares to others of the same gender and age. This is done through Z-score methods.
Just as your mechanic will inform you of the condition of your car, so too does neurofeedback provide information about your brain. Once an assessment or evaluation has been done, we can use a wide variety of neurofeedback methods to fix a specific area or just fine tune it, as a mechanic can do with your car’s engine.
How Can Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is able to assess, as mentioned above, the functioning of the brain and where it is not functioning properly. It can locate a specific location, if there is one, which is often the situation with a stroke, or it can locate neural dysregulation of the various neural hubs, as seen in a concussion and PTSD.
Anxiety, for example, is a symptom, not a cause. Neurofeedback looks for the cause, such as what specific pathways are dysregulated or over or under activated. Once this type of assessment locates the cause of the symptom, then a wide variety of methods and equipment can be chosen based on what is best for your needs and neurological issues.
What Does Neurofeedback
Attention Deficit Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Operational Stress Injuries (OSI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Depression & Mood Disorders
Traumatic Stress Disorders
Fibromyalgia & Pain Disorders
Stress and Stress Resiliency
and much more...