There are many methods of changing our states of consciousness, which in turn impacts our brain waves. For instance, meditation has been used since ancient times to change thought patterns in various cultures around the world. Neurofeedback is a technique which uses modern technology and scientific knowledge to control and train brain waves.
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a non-drug treatment, and belongs to a group of therapies called biofeedback. Biofeedback works on the principle that if a person can see his or her bodily functions in real time, they can learn to control them. The goal of neurofeedback is to train the brain to regulate itself, and to help the person training to understand when their brain is in the desired state. Eventually, the patient can control these processes without being monitored.
The feedback is given based on sensors which are placed on the head using Electroencephalography (EEG) readings of brain wave activity in the form of games or videos. For instance, someone with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) may not be aware of when their brain is in a focused state or recognize when their mind is wandering. During the neurofeedback training, they can see exactly when their mind is wandering in real time and learn how to return their focus to the activity at hand.
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Neurofeedback is a form of therapy, not a medication, and therefore is non-invasive and has little to no negative side effects. The electrodes simply monitor brain waves using EEG, and the client receives feedback instantly based on the EEG readings.
Like every form of exercise, neurofeedback requires regular training. Most studies have found that patients start seeing improvements after 5-10 sessions, and a full course of treatment is usually between 30 and 40 sessions. Studies have shown that after completing a complete neurofeedback program, patients experienced improvements which lasted years.
Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, can be used by young and old and has been found to be beneficial in treating a variety of different brain disorders, including ADD/ADHD, epilepsy, depression, anxiety and PTSD, autism, and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries. Neurofeedback is a very safe form of therapy with little to no side effects, as it doesn’t require any chemicals to enter the body. It can be compared to training for the brain, where a client does regular sessions and over time the brain learns to regulate itself and applies what its learned to other real-world situations.
People with various brain disorders have been shown to have different patterns of brain waves than the general population in predictable ways. For instance, people with ADHD often have an excess of Theta waves (drowsy, mind wandering), and not enough Lo-Beta waves (focus, concentration on specific tasks). Individuals with anxiety disorders have been found to benefit from raising their levels of Alpha waves, which increase calm, resting states.
There is a growing body of research on neurofeedback for different neurological disorders. Many of these studies have shown neurofeedback to be an effective therapy, while some have found it to be as effective as drug therapies (for instance in ADHD), and even more effective than other forms of therapy (attention training for ADHD, for example). Similar to medication and other therapies, not every patient will benefit from neurofeedback or respond to the treatment in the same way. It can be especially helpful for people who are non-responsive to drug treatments or who have adverse effects.
Neurofeedback can also be used by healthy individuals to improve their performance, lower stress, and increase attention levels. In particular, it is often used by elite athletes, musicians, and executives to sharpen their skills in their field and promote general wellbeing.
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