What is Neurofeedback?
The activity in our brain determines everything we feel and do. While most people have normal brain function, they may still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day to day functioning. This is where Neurofeedback can help.
Neurofeedback is a non-drug, reward based training system for your brain. The brain needs healthy fast- and slow-moving brainwave activity to function at its best. Neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback, works to change the electrical activity of your brain. It’s a non-invasive treatment that works toward improving the source of your unwanted symptoms.
All Neurofeedback methods include EEG sensors (small microphones) that monitor your brainwaves and a computer to send feedback back to you. Please note that no energy or electricity is administered to the brain. The equipment only "listens" to your brain waves. We use Traditional Neurofeedback encompassing SMR (Sensory Motor Rhythm) training and Alpha-Theta training. Traditional Neurofeedback converts selected EEG signals to visual and/or sound cues (eg, a movie or a video game) - the feedback you hear or see. When your brain makes more or less of selected brainwaves, then the feedback changes eg, the movie becomes clearer or fuzzier, the game moves faster or slower. Over the course of Neurofeedback training, your brain learns from this feedback. This can promote lasting structural changes within your brain.
Helpful youtube link to further explain Neurofeedback:
Neurofeedback is backed by more than 30 years of research and clinical application. With regular Neurofeedback training, clinically significant improvements occur in 75-80% of cases (Hammond, 2011).
It is a noninvasive, drug free alternative and the benefits of Neurofeedback appears to be permanent in most cases. Positive patterns of brainwave function become encoded in the brain just like learning how to ski or ride a bike.The FDA has approved Neurofeedback training for stress management, to help control chaotic thoughts, help people relax, help them meditate.
First Youtube clip, featuring Dr Moshe Perl, Sunelle's Neurofeedback Trainer and Mentor
Are there any adverse side-effects?
There are no known harms from Neurofeedback. However, just like a physical workout at the gym, some people may experience transient side effects such as fatigue or insomnia, headache or mood changes. These effects are more likely in the early stages of training and generally pass after a few hours.
Will it help me?
Neurofeedback benefits are enhanced when your brain health is nourished. Depending on the complexity & severity of your needs, we may recommend you support your Neurofeedback training with dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, prescription medications, physical exercise, acupuncture and psychological therapy. Neurofeedback is NOT a "cure" for anything. Instead, it rebalances brain patterns so you can implement strategies to accomplish tasks in life. When your brain functions better, you function better. Please contact us if you have any further questions and for more information please note the Services section of the website.