Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, painless, drug-free method that actually teaches the brain healthier ways to function. Brain training can optimize brain wave amplitudes, enhance connectivity between parts of the brain, and adjust the level of activity and responsiveness of specific areas of the brain. The brain learns at a subconscious level to create permanent changes that last after training.
Here’s how neurofeedback works:
A baseline EEG recording, called a “brain map,” is taken to assess a person’s unique brainwave activity. A brain map is a visual representation of the electrical signals generated by your brain as it operates. It shows, in detail, how different parts of your brain are functioning and communicating with other parts. A map helps identify potential abnormalities or patterns associated with specific neurological or psychological disorders. For example, if someone has excessive beta wave activity, typically associated with anxiety, their brain may be trained to increase calming alpha waves or decrease beta waves.
During a training session, electrodes are placed on the scalp and earlobes with conductive paste to monitor brainwave activity. A computer analyzes the data in real time, and teaches your brain to meet preset measures for optimal functioning through cognitive conditioning via positive reinforcement. The reinforcement cues come in various forms, such as listening to music, playing a video game, or watching a movie.
As part of our survival instinct, our brains are always seeking rewards — originally things like food and mating — to ensure the survival of the species. During a neurofeedback session, the brain is given many opportunities to self-correct and be rewarded. When the software reading your brain waves detects activity outside healthy levels, it stops the reward. The music or movie quits playing, a Pac-man stops gobbling dots, or a rocket ship stalls. The reward resumes when your brain starts performing at the desired level again.
Learning and Self-regulation
All learning occurs at a subconscious level. You don’t actually have to “do” anything. With consistent repetition, the brain learns to self-regulate and makes permanent changes to perform more optimally. It will continue to make the adjustments after the training. Because it’s a learning process, the results of neurofeedback occur gradually over time.
At Grey Matters of Carmel, we know how to optimize your brain’s operation to benefit your physical and mental health. Our brain training specialists will map your brain to pinpoint any specific parts not functioning properly. Then, we customize training to alleviate your problematic symptoms.
Neurofeedback has been scientifically shown to help many conditions, including anxiety, depression, autism, ADD/ADHD, concussion, brain injuries, OCD, stroke recovery, PTSD, addictions, trauma, epilepsy, insomnia and sleep disorders, migraines, chronic pain, apraxia, trichotillomania, PANS/PANDAS, brain fog, Parkinson’s, IBS and gut issues, and more. By fine-tuning the brain’s performance, neurofeedback can improve any brain. For example, neurofeedback training could benefit a person’s performance at school, sports, or work.
To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today or call 317-215-7208.
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