Neurofeedback is a painless and effective therapy that helps a person gain control of thought patterns by recognizing common triggers caused by addiction.
The technician applies electrodes to the scalp to analyze brainwave activity and observe the brain in action from moment to moment. A computer processes the signals while information about key brainwave frequencies is extracted, then shown to the person who is being treated.
By watching the ebb and flow of brain activity, changing to more pleasant frequencies, and observing the feedback from this change, the individual being treated becomes an active participant in their healing.
During this process, the brain is rewarded for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. Eventually, the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance.
The frequencies that are targeted, and the specific locations on the scalp that are analyzed, are specific to the conditions that the treatment is trying to address, and specific to the individual.
Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback because it is based on electrical brain activity, and is measured by an electroencephalogram, or EEG.
In its simplest terms, Neurofeedback is biofeedback applied to the brain directly, with the goal of self-regulation training. Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimal brain function and self-regulation training allows the central nervous system to function properly.
Neurofeedback addresses numerous problems of brain dysregulation which includes the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, emotional disturbances, and of course, addiction.
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