What is Neurofeedback?
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THE BENEFITS OF NEUROFEEDBACK
A Secret Weapon Used to Treat 16+ Conditions
Neurofeedback ( aka biofeedback, neurobiofeedback, or neurotherapy ), is a drug-free, non-invasive and scientifically well-documented method of monitoring and training one’s brain with the goal of learning how to control involuntary physiological processes (those that are both mental and physical) which may contribute to painful symptoms and distress.
During a neurofeedback therapy session, sensitive, electronic sensors are placed close to the scalp over specific regions of the brain and then specialized software is used to detect, amplify, and record specific brain activity.
Patients often report gaining greater control over their health by learning to mentally control the specific, involuntary physiological processes at the root of various mental disorders and physical issues and experience relief from both physical and psychological pain.
WHAT CAN BIOFEEDBACK HELP?
A key principle of neurofeedback is that the brain produces electrical brain waves which influence not only cognitive awareness and arousal but also the brain’s ability to be either functional or dysfunctional.
Research shows that dysfunctional activities in certain key regions of the brain correlate with various health and mental issues.
Neurofeedback addresses problems that are made worse from stress and brain deregulation, these problems include:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioral disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Premenstrual Symptoms
- Seizures and other types of brain conditions
Further, neurofeedback may help patients suffering from various stress-related issues such as high blood pressure, muscle pain or tension, IBS symptoms, and sleep disorders.
Neurofeedback has shown effective in helping these conditions
IS IT SAFE?
Neurofeedback is a noninvasive, drug-free therapy technique with a low risk of undesirable side effects.
It’s ideal for those who either wish to avoid using drug-based therapies, or those who cannot use them such as the elderly, expectant mothers, or children.
HOW DOES NEUROFEEDBACK WORK?
Neurofeedback is similar to a singer who desires to improve their vocal abilities by working with a vocal coach.
The vocal coach actively listens to and records the singer’s performance while continually providing positive feedback.
In like manner, during your neurofeedback session, one of our therapists will use a computer with advanced software to monitor your brain in real-time, identify and isolate dysfunctional brain patterns, providing constant, performance feedback, and then rewarding it as it learns and restores brainwave patterns to a more optimal range of functioning.
What to expect during your neurofeedback therapy
First, depending on the person and their therapeutic goals, a typical biofeedback therapy session will take about 30 to 60 minutes.
At the beginning of each biofeedback session, a therapist will attach electrodes sensors to both earlobes and put on your head a specialized cap which contains extremely sensitive electrodes designed to monitor and record the chemical and electrical signals produced in one of 19 regions of the brain to provide us with a full picture of how your brain’s functioning.
As the session progresses, the therapist views the measurements, and through careful analysis, identifies a range of mental activities and relaxation techniques that can help you learn to regulate the bodily processes.
Interestingly, no two sessions will ever be the same. Why?
At the beginning of each session, you and your therapist will examine the results of the last therapy session, and then work together make the necessary adjustments to continue your progress towards either the goals you’ve set or, your desired, therapeutic outcome.
Session One: Creating a Brain Map…as simple as 1, 2, 3!
Brain maps of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety & Migraines
The goal of your first neurofeedback session is to record how your brain works and responds.
Your first neurofeedback session will be both exciting and extremely important.
During your initial session, we’ll produce what’s called a ‘brain map.’
The purpose of brain mapping is to examine how your brain is functioning real-time and then create a detailed ‘snapshot’ or map of your brain’s neural activity and reveal which areas may benefit the most from neurofeedback.
Brain mapping is both painless and interesting and, the entire process is a non-invasive way of measuring the brain’s activity and frequency patterns and involves no radiation or injections of any kind.
Pomarri utilizes an advanced neurological technology called a Quantitative EEG or QEEG to create a full map of your brain’s electrical output. Your brain map will quantify the power, amount, distribution and ratio of the various brain waves your brain is constantly producing.
Everyone is unique; which means that your brain map will be completely different from someone else’s; however, after conducting hundreds of thousands of brain maps, scientists successfully identified unique brainwave patterns are associated with specific health issues.
First, to get the most out of neurofeedback, we record your brain’s activity and produce a color image showing exactly how your brain functions.
For several minutes, we’ll use specialized software to record the data picked up by the sensors in the cap you’re wearing.
Second, your brain’s activity data will be compared against a database of thousands of other people who are the same gender, age, and even, whether they’re right or lefthanded like you!
Third, we upload your raw data to proprietary servers where it’s analyzed and converted into a report complete with a visual brain map showing which areas of your brain are functioning as they should, and which areas could function better by receiving neurofeedback.
Prior To Your Next Session…
Your therapist will review the results of your brain map to identify which neural networks are not working as well, then create a report to share with you and discuss what’s your best treatment options.
Session Two: The Results Consultation
Once we have a report containing your brain map and suggested treatment areas, you’ll meet for your Results Consultation.
During this consultation, the specialist will review the report and explain how neurofeedback may be able to help alleviate any issues you’re facing, or even how your mental performance could be improved to help you perform at your optimal best.
If you determine that neurofeedback may help alleviate the symptoms or issues you’re facing, you’ll return for a series of biofeedback sessions.
During each session, you’ll sit in a relaxing, soft chair facing a monitor in front of you which displays either a real-time image showing how your brain is currently functioning, or you may watch a learning video or even, ‘play’ a game by learning to use your brain’s wave patterns!
We’ll continue to record the electrical waves generated by your brain as it performs various tests or, undergoes neuroplasticity training.
As you progress with neurofeedback, we’ll utilize a very specialized biofeedback computer that converts your body’s physiological signals (like heartbeats, skin temperature, muscle tension, and brainwaves) into meaningful information that you’ll learn to both understand and control.
During each neurofeedback session, you’ll watch how the activity in different regions of the brain either increases or decreases depending on your actions and learn to strengthen and reward your brain each time it operates at its optimal level.
During each session, your rate of progress is compared to both your baseline and established ideal protocols.
The therapist then uses the new data to customizes each neurofeedback treatment to specifically target those areas needing the most attention which helps you not only strengthen but also gain greater control over how your body responses to stress.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM NEUROFEEDBACK
Everyone can benefit from neurofeedback.
Whether you’re suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, learning disabilities or just want to improve your golf game, neurofeedback may be exactly what you need to reach the next level.
Extensive research has shown that neurofeedback can help a wide range of people, from pre-school and school-age children to adolescents and adults seeking to benefit from improved attention, focus, and mood regulation.
Further, both amateur and pro athletes of all levels, enjoy performance improvements after a receiving EEG Neurofeedback training.
Research shows that dysfunctional activities in certain key regions of the brain correlate with various health & mental issues. Neurofeedback addresses those problems made worse from stress & brain dysfunction.
Finally, business professionals, Olympians, astronauts, and world-class surgeons have shown improved functioning within their specialties.
Drug and Alcohol Addictions
A UCLA study revealed that a combination of neurofeedback treatments with participation in Intensive Group Therapy programs like those at Pomarri could help people suffering from alcohol and substance abuse recovery both accept the mental change of being addicted to a recovery mindset and further stabilize the brain.
Further, the study revealed that neurofeedback treatments improved the participants’ rates of abstinence at the one-year recovery mark. How? Neurofeedback helped the patients achieve this positive outcome by keeping the brain’s cortex active when they felt like resisting change (abandoning their recovery plan or relapsing). (1)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Those who suffer from ADD know that it’s not merely a problem of being “lazy” or “not trying hard enough.” In fact, extensive neuroscience research clearly demonstrates that ADD/ADHD is a brain-related issue.
The typical ADD brain map shows the frontal lobes producing frequencies which are too slow.
Neurofeedback rewards the frontal lobes for speeding up or learning to focus and concentrate better which helps reduce the symptoms of ADHD. (2)
|Red areas represent abnormal brain wave balance.||Improved brain wave balance after 11 weeks of treatment.|
A 2017 European study revealed that neurofeedback may offer a viable treatment for patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder (MDD).
Neurofeedback appears to be effective regardless of the pathway by which the person has become depressed, whether this results from a genetic predisposition, early childhood trauma, or a subsequent traumatic (physical or emotional) experience, or even an unknown physiological change. (3)
“Our daughter’s depression treatment nearly caused her to take her own life to end. Thank you Pomarri for giving us our daughter back.”
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Neurofeedback therapy may help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is characterized by severe anxiety following a traumatic event.
Typical symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares or, uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Often those affected with PTSD may spend years trying to come to terms with the traumatic event that happened to them. Evidence shows that people suffering from PTSD may experience immediate relief using neurofeedback.
As the client experiences emotions around their traumatic experience, they receive moment-to-moment feedback of how their body’s physiological response.
Pomarri’s neurofeedback specialists teach clients how to effectively harness this mind/body connection to achieve better control of their emotional responses while at the same time fostering a better understanding of the impact of their emotions on their physical selves. (4)
Neurofeedback therapy may help alleviate many of the symptoms experienced by children with Down’s Syndrome by harnessing the brain’s own ability to self-regulate and training it to function efficiently.
A 2007 research study found that children with Down syndrome showed notable improvements in verbal and non-verbal communication, short and long-term memory, physical balance and behavior management after 60 sessions of neurofeedback. (5)
WHAT ELSE MIGHT NEUROFEEDBACK HELP?
- Urinary incontinence
- Cancer-related issues recovery
- Learning disabilities
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Anorexia nervosa
- Motion sickness
- And More!
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- Effects of an EEG Biofeedback Protocol on a Mixed Substance Abusing Population
- The effects of QEEG guided neurofeedback treatment NFT on patients with intellectual disability ID: a clinical case series with 67 subjects.
- Pilot study shows that neurofeedback may help treatment-resistant depression
- A Pilot Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD
- EEG Neurofeedback Treatment of Patients with Down Syndrome
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