Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process where a computer monitors brain waves and uses the information to create normal brainwave patterns. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increase learning capabilities.

The computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie. The software compares the incoming brainwaves to that of an optimal brainwave in the target range and triggers a visual cue when deviations from normal brainwave activity occur. These cues are received by the brain, which subconsciously adjusts itself back to a normal pattern to make the cue stop. This process is repeated hundreds of times per session, which usually last for 30 minutes. Eventually the brain learns to stay in the healthy ranges without the reward stimulus, and is able to sustain normal activity independent of the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptoms of irregular brain activity will decline.

The brain was once believed to only be able to change in infancy and childhood, but we now know the brain possess a property known as plasticity. Neuroplasticity is the capacity of the brain to reorganize pathways and create new connections based on experience. Repetition of this process allows the brain to strengthen neuronal pathways that allow for brainwaves to maintain normal ranges on its own. With a decrease in irregular brain activity increased attention, alertness, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility result.

The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications altogether. Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions. The number of sessions varies form person to person but typically ranges from 20-40 sessions, done twice weekly.

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Neurofeedback is effective for:

  • ADD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Migraines

  • Overall increased focus and relaxation

Individual results may vary. Past performance no guarantee of future results.


By |2017-08-25T02:50:05+00:00November 15th, 2016|Treatment Options|Comments Off on ClearMind

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