As its name suggests, neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that focuses on the brain and central nervous system. By using feedback from the brain’s electrical activity, patients learn through repetition and reinforcement to regulate their brain activity themselves.
Therapy begins with a brain map, a quantitative electroencephalogram (EEG) that “maps” the electrical activity in your brain and identifies patterns that are likely causing your symptoms. This allows us to create a treatment program based on your individual needs.
During a treatment session, electrodes are applied to your scalp, which monitor the brain’s electrical impulses and “feed back” information to a computer. At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, we also use brain entrainment, which involves wearing special glasses that employ blinking lights to guide the brain toward specific wavelengths. Then you simply sit back, relax, and watch a program on the computer screen as the electrical impulses “retrain” your brain.
Neurofeedback identifies patterns associated with negative symptoms and provides feedback that encourages the production of more positive patterns—such as slowing brainwaves down, speeding them up, or acting on excitatory/inhibitory pathways. And, unlike conventional biofeedback, in which you concentrate and willfully try to change physiological reactions, neurofeedback operates on a more or less subconscious level. The end result is an enduring sense of profound calmness and well-being similar to meditation or deep relaxation.
Sessions last about half an hour and are repeated as needed, usually 10 to 20 times, or as long as it takes to lock in patterns associated with positive changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior.
Speak with a friendly Patient Services Representative to learn more about the Whitaker Brain Recovery Program.