Neurofeedback is a drug-free and rewarding treatment that instructs your brain how to replace unproductive brainwave patterns with healthier ones. It has the potential to assist individuals of all ages in overcoming mental health disorders and improving quality of life.
A typical session involves placing electrodes on the scalp to obtain real-time measurements of brain waves (electroencephalography, or EEG). The patient then engages in stimulus activity such as watching a video, listening to music or playing a game.
The clinician then measures and programs the training parameters with specialized brain mapping software. The patient monitors the results, receiving feedback that indicates whether their brainwave patterns are favorable or dissonant.
Neurofeedback protocols come in many forms and are used to address various conditions and symptoms. Common examples include:
Beta training is a common neurofeedback therapy used to reduce anxiety, depression, PTSD, alcoholism, sleep disorders, overthinking, ADHD and other cognitive issues. This method works on the assumption that increased beta wave activity reduces stress while promoting relaxation, concentration and sleep.
Alpha oscillation is a type of neurofeedback therapy that has been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and enhance relaxation. Studies have even found that alpha oscillation can alleviate depression by encouraging more activity over the left front lobes.
The occipital regions of the brain are responsible for emotions and behaviors such as focus, attention, and memory. Some occipital areas may be overactive while others underactive which could result in issues like difficulty focusing, headaches, and migraines.