NEUROFEEDBACK THERAPY INTRODUCTION
“The brain can do far more for itself than drugs or other invasions…The wisdom to self-regulate is contained in every brain.”
– Thomas Collura, PH.D.
Neurofeedback is the leading therapy for shaping awareness, optimizing mood, enhancing learning, and recovering cognitive efficiency. Current treatment of the brain focuses on evaluating and treating deficiencies of neurotransmitters and enhancing receptor activity. This method is accomplished predominantly using prescription medications with benefit in a limited few and too often with severe side effects. The pharmaceutical approach ignores the electrical information easily gathered via brain mapping(QEEG) that also predicts the brain’s functioning. Electric brain activity is broken into distinct brain wave patterns known as Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta waves. The amplitude or intensity of the brain waves predict concerns in suboptimal brain functioning which may result in depression, anxiety, insomnia, autism spectrum disorder, and cognitive decline. In addition, brain mapping can also observe the consequences and history of traumatic brain injuries as a result of falls, concussions, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and from inflammatory conditions within the brain secondary to Lyme disease, PANDAS, or vaccinations.
Brain dysfunction results from imbalances in electrical brain wave activity and patterns. Neuroplasticity research has proven the brain can rewire abnormal electrical activity in more productive and self-regulating patterns throughout our whole lifetime. Neurofeedback is a cutting-edge, life-changing therapy, for those with symptoms of brain dysfunction or dysregulation, even from direct causes such as head traumas, toxic exposures, or unknown environmental insults resulting in abnormal brain wave patterns and wiring. Neurofeedback has the ability to change mood disorders, by balancing electric activity of the brain between both hemispheres. In addition to enhanced mood, neurofeedback has the ability to affect learning disorders by enhancing the communication between different locations of the brain and by improving processing speed.
Neurofeedback is the most direct treatment for brainwave dysfunction. With the use of unique diagnostic tools such as brain mapping or quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG), Neurofeedback therapy is able to diagnose and treat conditions more specifically than prescription medications. Neurofeedback stands at the crest of a new wave in cognitive and mental health care.