Neurofeedback is a training program specifically for your brain. It is not entirely unlike other types of training you may do - when you were learning calculus in school or when you are building muscle in the gym. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, relies on the most fundamental conditioning, feedback, to create new pathways, new brainwave activity, and increased flexibility within the brain itself. Let’s talk more about the process of neurofeedback and why it has become such a popular treatment option in the health and wellness space.
What Is Neurofeedback?
Your brain controls everything you think, feel, and do. External stimuli, life experiences, genetics, and a wide variety of other factors can force your brain activity out of harmony, leading to imbalances that prevent you from leading your best life. Consider the things you go through in any given day, week, or year. It’s easy to see how the neurological pathways controlling your emotions, reactions, thoughts, and feelings may lose balance due to the ongoing stressors and stimulus we encounter on a regular basis.
After completing a qEEG brain map, your clinician is able to identify the relationship between specific stimuli and the corresponding brain activity. In the development of your treatment plan, you’ll work with our team of neurofeedback experts to determine what an efficient and healthy response to specific stimuli that act as stressors in your everyday life looks like for you.
The Process Of Neurofeedback
Enter neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is the process of measuring the brain’s electrical activity in real time and using a positive reward system to train your brain to respond more appropriately to various stimuli.
Your qEEG brain map informs the specific areas of your brain that can benefit from neurofeedback training. For example, the placement of the electrodes for real time activity measurement of a patient struggling with anxiety is going to look quite different than a patient whose underlying cause for struggle is related to autism spectrum disorder.
Regardless of the specific neural pathways that are being measured and trained, almost all neurofeedback relies on a type of game, movie, or music which you enjoy. In lay terms, the positive stimuli - the game, movie, or music - will play when your brain approaches a more efficient state of activity and will stop when the electrical activity indicates an imbalance or inefficiency.
At NeurOptimize, we are constantly enrolling in continuing education to ensure that we are able to offer our clients a top-of-the-line neurofeedback treatment experience across all of our Colorado and Texas facilities. Our clinicians are trained in a number of different systems, including:
- Brain Master
- Thought Tech Technology
Our team of neurofeedback specialists are also well-versed in a variety of unique training methods, including:
- Amplitude Training
- Low Frequency Training
- Z-score Training
- Coherence Training
- Referential Training
- Alpha/Theta Training
- Synchrony Training
We utilize the data collected from your qEEG brain map to determine which of our systems and various training types will best suit your needs and get you to where you want to be in the most efficient way possible.
Why Consider Neurofeedback
When it comes to achieving optimal brain health, there are many paths you can take with the intent of becoming your best self. From traditional counseling or talk therapy to prescription medication prescribed by your physician and any number of other avenues that fall in between, the options can feel overwhelming and making the right choice even more so. Now, when it comes to mental health, we can tell you that first and foremost, you have to do right by yourself. That being said, we believe neurofeedback to be one of the most effective ways to change the way you react to various stimuli and, thus, change your life. The reason being is that neurofeedback addresses your struggles right at the source by rerouting your brain wave patterns to adopt new, instinctual behaviors.
Neurofeedback can be effective on its own or in conjunction with physician and/or counselor recommendations for medication or therapy. It is important to understand the role neurofeedback plays in this triad of services that support mental health, however. Often, albeit not always, we see that medications decreases the impact of the reaction to stimuli and counseling provides new skills to cope with your reaction to stimuli. Neurofeedback actually works to change the reaction and mitigate the impact negative reactions have on your everyday life.
Neurofeedback At NeurOptimize
Neurofeedback is a highly revered method for achieving your optimal self. If you’re interested in learning more about the process and the results, we recommend checking out our Resources page. Additionally, you can contact us to set up a consultation and start the process of improving yourself and achieving your goals with the help of neurofeedback training.