Neuro-feedback

Neurotherapy has been successfully used to treat seizures for over 30 years, and attention deficit disorder and alcoholism for over 15 years. While this is not a new form of treatment itself, it is supported by the always-increasing ability of computers to provide fast feedback.

 

There is increasing knowledge that a number of disorders are caused through disturbances to the brain's ability to regulate itself efficiently, creating symptoms of brain imbalance. In fact, what is now referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was once known as 'minimal brain dysfunction'.

 

While biofeedback is a way of achieving voluntary control of functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle control and temperature, normally regulated without conscious awareness, neuro-feedback is the voluntary regulation of brain wave activity. Neuro-feedback training challenges the brain out of its ineffective patterns and reinforces its innate and natural ability to self regulate. Training and therapy use sophisticated computer-generated feedback of brain waves to improve the brain's ability to produce specific brain waves in a balanced way.

 

Through assessment, the therapist identifies the appropriate brain activity associated with your desired outcome. The feedback provided through an EEG-driven computer reinforces that pattern through a conditioned visual, audio or feeling response. The client experiences the training as if playing a computer game, with the graphics, sound and scoring dependent on the 'appropriateness' of their EEG response.

 

Neuro-feedback has been successfully used for treating most conditions that have good brain regulation as an important condition for good treatment outcome. It is ideal for those who are reluctant to take medication or where medication has provided only partial or no relief or is not appropriate and where the side effects of drugs are unacceptable. We always advise our clients to never stop taking prescribed medications without first consulting with their treating health professional.

 

Neuro-feedback is useful for a wide range of conditions, from addictions to anxiety, depression, developmental issues, autoimmune problems and other disorders involving poor regulation of the immune response, eating disorders, menopause and other hormonal issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, migraines, chronic pain, and learning difficulties. In fact, almost any health problem usually associated with chronic under or over or unstable arousal of the brain should benefit from neuro-feedback.

 

It is also useful for developing peak mental performance in athletes, musicians, students, managers, salespeople or trainers.

 

Neuro-feedback is also a powerful way to enhance your meditation practice and develop mindfulness, as feedback promotes mind awareness and control simultaneously.

 

Neuro-feedback is a rapidly developing area of knowledge and treatment will adapt and vary as the results of new information are applied. We have found that teaching our clients some self regulation techniques combined with dietary changes have profound, quick acting and lasting effects on symptom expression for many conditions.

 

The length of treatment time varies greatly depending on the condition, but there should be some evidence of change within the first five to 10 sessions. While some clients will only need five treatments, more complex cases may take 20 or more sessions before therapy is completed. As a guide, attention deficit disorder may require 20 sessions, while depression usually responses within 10 sessions.