Science has proven that by challenging your brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, your brain will learn to function better.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback trains the brain to control how your body responds to your brain's signals, such as pain. It is a technique to achieve voluntary control of brain functions which are normally regulated automatically. Neurofeedback can do far more than simply alleviate pain. Once you become aware of your own brain waves, you can begin to train your brain to follow patterns that help you resolve many physical and mental conditions.
Using computerized feedback, the brain learns to alter certain brainwaves that are helpful for improved function. In addition, neurofeedback treatment trains the inherent healing resources of the brain to resolve symptoms, normally without the use of drugs.
Unlike meditation, neurofeedback allows constant and specific monitoring of the brain state.The brain is amazingly adaptable, and capable of learning new strategies. It can learn to improve its own performance, if it is given cues about what to change.
Many patients report that they have had profound spiritual experiences, often reaching states that were previously the domain of meditators who had practiced intensive meditation for decades. Every spiritual state has a brain-wave signature. Learning to direct one’s brain to reach the spiritual state enables the individual to plumb the depths of the meditative and mystical experience. The neurofeedback process is painless and non-invasive.
The Science of Neurofeedback
In studies of neurofeedback versus the use of a placebo, the postiive results from neurofeedback were cumulative and sustained. The effects of neurofeedback training are highly specific to electrode placement and to training frequency and band. Opposite effects can be elicited with the same techniques.
Neurofeedback has been shown to be an empircally supported treatment for sleep, attention, anxiety, trauma, OCD, depression, stress, epilepsy, and addiction. It has also been demonstrated to improve creativity and performance.
How Do You Get Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback treatments require offices visits, two to three times per week. Most conditions are improved within 20 sessions.
Who Can Benefit from Neurofeedback?
- Individuals who practice meditation and seek a deeper meditative experience
Although each individual’s results will vary, neurofeedback has been proven to alleviate:
For an introduction to neurofeedback training, please contact us at the Center for Accelerated Psychotherapy.
- Migraine headaches
- Sleep difficulties
- Learning disabilities
- Attention deficit disorders
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Chronic pain
- Many other conditions that limit emotional and physical well-being
Orli Peter, Ph.D., DABPS
Founder and Director, Center for Accelerated Psychology