Neurofeedback is a fun, interactive and engaging treatment that helps you strengthen and retrain your brain to a healthier, more focused state. Neurofeedback is a specialized treatment that uses advanced computer technology for balancing and optimizing your brain.
Neurofeedback has been used successfully to improve many conditions including, but not limited to:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic pain
- Sleep problems
- Traumatic brain injury/concussions
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a specialized treatment that uses advanced computer technology for balancing and optimizing your brain. It is an engaging, interactive and medication-free therapy that helps you strengthen and retrain your brain to a healthier, more focused state.
How Does it Work?
With neurofeedback, YOU become an active participant in healing your own brain. You will play a video game using just your brain—it’s fun! Here’s how it works: electrodes are placed on your head to measure electrical activity in your brain. Then, you will play some games with your mind using a computer screen. A clinician will show you how to interpret the real-time displays so that you can learn how to self-regulate your brain function. When your brain performs the way it’s supposed to, the computer program rewards you (on screen). But if you get distracted, the computer responds by letting you know that you need to readjust your focus. With a little practice, you can learn how to control your brain activity and replicate the patterns that are most helpful for brain health and growth. Because the brain has actually learned (or relearned) a more efficient way of functioning, it will continue to create new pathways even after the neurofeedback session has ended.
Who Does it Treat?
Neurofeedback is effective in treating many conditions, including: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Pain, Depression, Memory Issues, PTSD, Sleep Problems and Traumatic Brain Injury.
What Are the Benefits?
Patients have reported enhanced memory and focus, decreased impulsivity and anxiety, better mental clarity, more restful sleep, improved mood, and a host of other benefits after using neurofeedback.
How Many Sessions Are Recommended
For optimum results, it is recommended that patients receive 10 neurofeedback treatments per symptom. Appointments are twice a week and each session lasts an hour. Amen Clinics Orange County, CA offers an intensive form of neurofeedback called LORETA (low-resolution electromagnetic tomography), which requires fewer sessions than traditional neurofeedback.
Is it Safe?
Neurofeedback is non-invasive, has no side effects and is safe for people of all ages.
Neurofeedback and ADD/ADHD
Over the past 30 years, many clinicians have reported on the efficacy of this safe and natural process for treating ADD. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics named neurofeedback a “Level 1: ‘Best Support’ intervention for ADD/ADHD, on par with medication” in 2012. For parents who are wary about using a single approach (such as medication alone) to treat their child’s ADD, neurofeedback is a welcome alternative.
In our experience, ADD patients who receive neurofeedback treatments are able to:
1. Increase their reading skills and decrease their need for medication.
2. Reduce their impulsivity and aggressiveness.
3. Improve their quality of sleep.
Neurofeedback can help boost focus and overall brain health in both psychiatric patients and anyone who wants a natural way to optimize their brain. For a more targeted treatment, get a brain SPECT image and QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) before starting neurofeedback sessions.