Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used as feedback to teach self-regulation of brain function. Neurofeedback is a safe and highly individualized treatment suitable for patients suffering from a wide variety of conditions, including but not limited to autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, depression and more. It is completely safe, painless, and non invasive, and has little to no risk of adverse side effects. This therapy enables the clinician to train the brain to work in a new, more efficient way through the use of underlying operant conditioning paradigms, which in essence means we are rewarding the brain in almost real-time when optimal brain wave functioning is achieved. This is similar to the way a parent would reward a child with a treat or prize when they exhibit good behavior. However with neurofeedback, we are applying this method to the neural level.
Put simply, neurofeedback is a targeted exercise for your brain. During a typical neurofeedback
session a subject sits in a comfortable chair with a large computer monitor in front of them. A technician will then place sensors on the patient’s scalp with a water soluble conductive paste. These sensors in no way put anything into a subject’s brain or body; they simply transmit brain wave activity and records the frequencies being used to perform a particular task. These frequencies are then displayed on the monitor in the form of a video game (pictured below). During neurofeedback the subject effectively manipulates the video game using his or her brain to reach the mental state in which the desired brain wave is achieved. Over the course of treatment these optimal brain waves are reinforced and the brain is rewarded and learns to direct itself toward a more desirable performance level.
The length of treatment varies from case to case. Treatment periods have been known to last 10 to 60 sessions, 2 to 3 times per week. Your neurofeedback provider will determine the actual number of sessions. You can expect to spend approximately 60 min in our office for each individual neurofeedback session; this includes brief symptom update, equipment calibration, sensor placement, and treatment. We offer both morning and evening appointments and our staff will work with you to schedule times that best fit your schedule.