Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.  -George Iles

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What is Neurofeedback?

I would like to thank tammer17 (one of my twitter followers) for bringing up this topic.

This type of therapy is being use for chronic pain suffers as well. 

I will be posting more information on Neurofeedback along with the effects of the therapy, through out the month. 

Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain. Simply put, it exercises and helps “strengthen” the brain, calms it, and improves its stability. It’s easy— virtually anyone can do it.

Using computerized feedback, the brain learns to increase certain brainwaves that are helpful for improved function. The brain can decrease excessive fast or slow
brainwaves that interfere with good function. Over time, the
result is a healthier and better regulated brain.

For example, if someone has excessive amounts of certain 
EEG frequencies, (theta or alpha) in the frontal lobe, they
might experience depression or OCD (Obsessive/Compulsive
Disorder). By training the brain to reduce slower brainwaves
and increase fast brainwave activity, symptoms are often
reduced. Over time, the new brain behavior is “learned.

Neurofeedback, psychotherapy, and medications work hand-
In-hand. Training can be used for patients on or off medications.
There are no known lasting side effects after 30 years of research and clinical use. As the brain stabilizes, other modalities become more effective.

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