History of Neurofeedback
The history of neurofeedback is fascinating and researchers have been studying its effects for decades. If you are interested in learning more about pioneers of the technique of altering brain activity and its effects, please click HERE
What is neuroplasticity and why is it so important in Neurofeedback?
Although the human brain was once seen as a hardwired organ, we now know that the brain has an astonishing capability to re-wire itself and modify its connections so it can develop, grow and recover through our entire life. Neural plasticity is a fundamental property of a nervous system’s ability to change its activity in response to extrinsic or to intrinsic stimuli by reorganising its structure, functions or connections.
The fact that our brain can re-wire itself in response to certain repeated activities and simulation has opened new opportunities for various different therapies, Neurofeedback being one of them. Brain training techniques such as Neurofeedback encourage the brain in a non-invasive way to support healthy, brainwave activity. When the brainwaves move into an optimal range it can then function at its best.
During a Neurofeedback treatment session, the therapist can monitor electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with. Training is simple and involves simply listening to music or watching a movie. The brain will be rewarded every time it reaches the optimal levels of brainwaves and the patient will get feedback by seeing it immediately on the screen in the form of uninterrupted moments of watching or listening.
Brain mapping – QEEG (Quantitative electroencephalography)
QEEG is a process of measuring, monitoring, recording and analysing electrical activity in the brain and comparing it to normative values. It is also called brain–mapping because brainwave data turns into detailed picture of functioning of patient’s brain, highlighting any possible abnormalities.
During the brain map patient is wearing a sensory cup with sensors connected to the scalp while the therapist records six minutes brain activity with eyes opened and six minutes with eyes closed. The machine is connected to a computer that records information about the brain activity.
Brain mapping is a precise measurement to determine which areas of the brain are functioning optimally and which areas can be improved. QEEG recording and anylises are guide maps for a neurofeedback therapist to decide what would be the most efficient and effective way to train your brain to the optimal levels that will benefit to achieve your health goals.
Significant amount of research available proves the effect of neurofeedback for people with neurological and nervous system conditions.
Below is the list of symptoms that are shown in research studies to be clinically responsive to Neurofeedback:
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorders
- Brain Injury
- Chronic Pain
- Lyme Disease
- Memory Loss
- Sleep Disorders
- Substance Abuse
To view more about research on the conditions from the list, visit Clear Mind Connection (https://www.clearmindcenter.com/research/)