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How Neurofeedback Works
Neurofeedback (NF), is an electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback technique which utilizes operant conditioning to improve brainwave activity. It uses a reward system to teach the brain how to achieve optimal brain function. The reward is linked to EEG moving toward a normal or optimized direction. When the EEG moves into the optimized level, musical sound or tones and visual changes on a computer screen change to alert the brain to continue to function in that desired range. Repetition of this training of the brainwaves (EEG) produces a change that is enduring and lasting for the individual.
Research has shown that NF helps reduce symptoms of several neurological and psychiatric disorders, with ongoing research investigating applications to other disorders and to the enhancement of non-disordered cognition.
Neurofeedback can help people with ADHD, Autism/Asperger Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussions, Eating Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Stroke, Migraines, Epilepsy, OCD, Depression, Anxiety and Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are different biofeedback techniques.
Biofeedback is a self-regulation technique through which patients learn to voluntarily control what were once thought to be involuntary body processes. Body functions – like heart rate, skin temperature and blood pressure – are controlled involuntarily by your nervous system. You don’t think about making your heart beat faster in response to being nervous, excited or exercising. Biofeedback therapy is used to help prevent or treat conditions, including migraines, chronic pain, incontinence, Raynaud’s and high blood pressure.
Biofeedback is the only self-regulated approach that has gained widespread acceptance in the medical community and is now practiced at most major hospitals and medical centers in the US.