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5 Facts About Neurofeedback

May 19, 2020

What is Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is a revolutionary brain training technique that can be utilized to work toward cognitive improvement. Neurofeedback involves training your brainwave patterns to help you feel more calm, relaxed, focused, and alert and in this blog post, we explore 5 reasons why it’s worth considering.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Let’s quickly explore the most popular alternatives. Traditional talk-based therapy aims to support you cognitively. There is often an emphasis on changing your thoughts, feelings, and perspectives to improve your symptoms. Medication targets neurotransmitters to improve chemical imbalances which can also improve the way you feel. These two methods may provide relief to some, but what if therapy and medication are not making a difference? This is where Neurofeedback shines. Neurofeedback is able to look at the brain holistically by recording, analyzing, and creating personalized training programs based on your brainwave patterns to improve your quality of life.

SAFE AND NON-INVASIVE

Our equipment is able to record your brainwave activity in real time, in the same way a stethoscope is able to hear your heartbeat. We also offer dry electrode caps for adults and adolescents who do not like gel or paste in their hair. This information is transferred to the computer where it is analyzed by complex, state-of-the-art software. When the software recognizes the client becoming more relaxed, calm, alert, and focused, the software plays video and sound to reward this positive brain behaviour. Over time, the brain starts to learn a more efficient and organized way of functioning. This process allows change to occur in a safe and non-invasive way. It is important to have experienced professionals help guide and create appropriate training programs through assessment.

ANOTHER TREATMENT OPTION

We believe that traditional therapy and medication are essential options for people to consider when they are not feeling well. All forms of support take time and patience for them to start making a difference. With that being said, if you feel like you have talked about your problems endlessly and tried every medication, it may be time to consider additional supports like Neurofeedback.

SIDE-EFFECTS OF MEDICATION

As we have mentioned above, medication is an incredibly important option to try out when recommended by your doctor. There are those that still struggle once on medication and this can happen for a number of reasons. Medication may work at the start, but as your body gets used to it you may have to increase dosages or switch medications. The side-effects of one drug need to be supported by another (e.g ADHD medications may cause anxiousness, so you may need to start a round of antianxiety medication which may have its own set of side-effects). Neurofeedback is a great option for those uncertain about trying medication and how possible side-effects.

LONG-LASTING RESULTS

Since Neurofeedback rewards the brain’s positive brainwave activity, it helps the brain learn and change the way it functions. The brain has the innate ability to rewire and change itself when presented with learning opportunities. This principle is known as Neuroplasticity. Once sufficient learning is done, the brain finds a more optimal way of functioning and these results are long-lasting.

CONCLUSION

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, long-lasting option that provides a new way to analyze, address, and support the symptoms you may be struggling with to improve your quality of life. We offer a free consultation for you to explore your options and see if Neurofeedback is the right option for you. Fill out the form below to get started.
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REFERENCES

Neurofeedback Treatment is Non-Invasive Brain Function Training. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.brainmaster.com/what-is-neurofeedback/
Tartakovsky, M. (2018, October 8). When ADHD and Anxiety Occur Together. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/lib/when-adhd-and-anxiety-occur-together/
What is Neuroplasticity? A Psychologist Explains [ 14 Exercises]. (2020, April 28). Retrieved from https://positivepsychology.com/neuroplasticity/

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