Neurofeedback is a specialized type of biofeedback that uses electroencephalogram (EEG) information (brain wave frequencies) to retrain the brain to function optimally. The goal of neurofeedback is to alleviate symptoms by normalizing EEG patterns. An underlying premise of this technology is that the brain is capable of making new neuronal networks – a concept referred to as “neural plasticity”.
Neurofeedback employs operant conditioning - a long established technique in the field of psychology to assist the brain to “learn”. Allied Psychophysiology offers state-of-the-art QEEG guided neurofeedback using hospital grade instrumentation and digital processing software. QEEG guided protocols help make neurofeedback treatment more precise and efficient. QEEG and neurofeedback are noninvasive office procedures. The EEG sensors only monitor brain wave signals. No electricity is transmitted back into the brain or body. Neurofeedback training is like playing a low action video game. Most clients enjoy the neurofeedback training process, noting an overall improvement in focus and mood as a result of the therapy.
Why choose Neurofeedback therapy?
Neurofeedback therapy can provide long-term amelioration of symptoms by normalizing brain function. Neurofeedback is safe and cost effective in the long run. Frequently, medications only treat symptoms, or are less than fully effective; and medications may have side effects or potential toxicity. Neurofeedback is effective either as a stand-alone therapy, or it can be used to augment medication therapy and behavioral interventions to improve long term clinical outcomes.
Is neurofeedback mainstream medicine?
Recent clinical studies and peer reviewed medical research show that QEEG guided neurofeedback is an effective technique for improving neuro-cognitive functioning - helping patients achieve their fullest potential or to restore previously lost function. AD/HD and anxiety treatment have the longest and greatest number of independent studies supporting efficacy. Brain injury, depression, substance abuse, sleep problems, pain disorders, and PTSD are also well studied. The research and aggregate clinical case reports supporting use of neurofeedback for treatment of learning disorders and autism, although promising, are still considered preliminary and investigative.
Where can I learn more?
The International Society of Neurofeedback and Research, ISNR, website: www.isnr.org/information contains useful information, a bibliography, and review of current clinical research. This website is updated frequently.