What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is guided exercise for the brain designed to retrain dysregulated brainwave patterns back to normal, healthy, organized patterns. Through this process, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently.
The brain communicates with itself and the rest of the body using electrical impulses in the form of brainwaves, which are produced with varied frequencies or speeds. Over 40 years of scientific research has demonstrated that, for any given task, there is an accepted normal pattern of brainwave activity.
For example, when it’s time to go to sleep, the brain should produce the slowest brainwave frequencies called theta and delta waves. When it’s time to be active and attentive, the brain should produce high-frequency brainwaves called beta waves. This should happen easily and automatically. For various reasons, normal brainwave patterns can become dysregulated. When this happens, many different neurological symptoms and conditions may occur. For instance, in the case of a child with ADHD, high-frequency beta waves should be produced so that one can listen to the teacher, do homework, keep track of belongings and complete projects. Instead of producing necessary beta waves, the ADHD brain is producing slow-frequency theta and/or delta waves associated with sleep! Imagine how difficult and frustrating it would be to try to function normally in this dysregulated state.
Neurofeedback is a highly-effective, drugless and non-invasive approach for symptoms related to autism, ADHD, migraines, insomnia, anxiety disorders, behavior issues, and more.
ADHD / ADD
Autism Spectrum Disorders
This is only a partial listing of the many health problems that are rooted in neurological dysregulation. Unlike the medications often used to treat these and other brain-based conditions, neurofeedback therapy does not produce any unwanted side effects. The American Academy of Pediatrics has rated neurofeedback as a Level 1 for ADHD & Anxiety!
How does neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback uses positive and negative reinforcement to retrain dysregulated brain waves. The first step is to complete a quantitative EEG, known as a ‘brain map.’ This map will identify the areas of the brain that are dysregulated and will form the basis for the treatment plan, which is customized for each patient. Once the treatment plan is in place, the patient is connected to a computer using wires and sensors and the computer records their brainwave activity. These sensors are noninvasive, as no electrical current is put into the brain. The sensors simply record the brainwaves coming from the brain. The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals the patient that the brainwaves are becoming more ordered and over time, the brain learns how to regulate itself.
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Why is neurofeedback therapy an effective solution?
Neurofeedback therapy provides an effective, scientifically proven, natural alternative to treating brain-based conditions with prescription medications. Many common drugs for brain-based disorders are known to have unpleasant side effects. SSRIs like Zoloft and Prozac, which are used to treat depression, can cause changes in appetite and sexual function, or can cause patients to feel emotionally “blunt” or distant from themselves. Stimulant medications for ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, can cause appetite loss, irritability, or anxiety, and can even become habit-forming for some individuals. Neurofeedback, on the other hand, has demonstrated itself to be an effective treatment for the symptoms of common disorders, including ADHD and anxiety, with no known side-effects.
Why BrainCore Neurofeedback?
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