What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback or neurotherapy, involves exercising and training the brain, much like working out at a health center exercises and trains our muscles.

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How does it work?

Our brain gives off electrical signals of different sizes and strengths. Some signals help us learn. Some help us relax. Some make us sleepy. Some make us excited. During neurofeedback, a person is provided with information about this electrical activity in the brain so that he or she can learn to enhance or inhibit targeted [...]

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How is it done?

By responding to cues provided by a computer.  A sensor picks up brainwave signals from your scalp and transforms them into images on the screen and tones. The client learns to move the images by focusing on both the screen and the tones. In the process, the brain learns to work more efficiently.

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How long does the training take?

Because this is a learning process, it takes a number of sessions of practice so that it becomes second nature. The normal training takes 30-40 sessions lasting about 30 minutes each. If training is stopped before it is complete, the improvement usually doesn’t last.

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How long does the improvement last?

It is usually long-lasting. Persons below the age of 50 typically do not require more sessions later in order to keep the gains they have made.  Older individuals can maintain the gains they have made by having a few “booster” sessions once or twice a year.

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What about negative side effects?

If conducted by a board certified, experienced clinician there are normally no negative side effects, and people usually find the exercise pleasant. Occasionally, a few people have a mild, temporary headache after the training. Because the brain uses lots of energy during the training, it is not unusual for a person to feel physically tired [...]

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Does this computer read my thoughts?

No. It only reads the energy given off as the brain goes about its business. In other words, the computer reads howeffectively the brain works. The computer then creates targets for your training. As you work at reaching those targets, the brain learns to work more efficiently.

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Can everybody do it?

Almost everyone can learn to respond to neurofeedback. However, there are some conditions that require special biofeedback. These include diabetes, epilepsy or seizures, and people taking certain types of medications.

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