To put it very simply, imagine that you just looked in the mirror for the first time. You might notice that your hair is a mess. You have something stuck in your teeth. You have some dirt on your face. Now that you have had the chance to see it you begin to clean yourself up.
Neurofeedback is like a mirror for the brain to see itself. It gives the brain a chance to clean itself up.Neurofeedback has given us the ability to treat causes rather than symptoms.
Research demonstrates that neurofeedback is an effective intervention for ADD/ADHD, Epilepsy, Autism, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, substance abuse, TBI and other pain disorders, and is promising. It is an amazing experience to be able to feel “normal” without the dependence of drugs.
Within the last 5–10 years, neurofeedback has taken a new approach, in taking a second look at deep states. Alpha-theta training has had a profound results in treating PTSD and alcoholism.
Neurofeedback does not involve either surgery or medication and is neither painful nor embarrassing. Typically patients find Neurofeedback to be an relaxing experience.
In an intake of about 90 minutes the patient will get a questionnaire and a first EEG reading. The questionnaire specifies the complaints and also helps to indicate if the referral to a specialist might be called for.
A typical course of sessions takes 20 to 40 visits. At the beginning of each session the patient reports the course of his complaints and also mentions other mental effects. On the basis of this report the therapy may be adjusted.
Often the patient is not consciously aware of the mechanisms by which such changes are accomplished although people routinely acquire a “felt sense” of these positive changes and often are able to access these states outside the feedback session.
In 2010, a study provided the first evidence of neuroplastic changes occurring directly after natural brainwave training. Half an hour of voluntary control of brain rhythms was shown to be sufficient to induce a lasting shift in cortical excitability and intracortical function.