Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that trains your brain. It uses real-time displays of brain activity, EEG, along with rewards in the form of music tones and videos to train your brain to function more efficiently. Sometimes our brains are operating too fast, like in flight or flight mode, when we are not at risk, resulting in the brain overworking. Sometimes the brain is operating too slowly when we need it focused for learning and relating.
The sensory feedback and the brain's response is the brain training itself to a regulated, optimal state, thus significantly reducing or eliminating the resulting symptoms of a disregulated state. Nothing is going into the brain. It is simply the brain receiving feedback and it will change itself. Results are long-lasting or even permanent.
We compare it to riding a bike. Once your brain learns to balance on two wheels, you can go for years without riding a bike, but your brain instantly remembers how to do it. Neurofeedback works the same way!
During a training session, you will have EEG electrodes placed on your head that record your EEG activity into a software program. This program then rewards the brain when the brain is operating at the desired frequency.
You are watching a video that is stopping and starting or listening to music that is fading in and out. That is the actual feedback that the brain uses to change itself. Training sessions last 30-45 minutes. It is recommended you train 2-3 times a week for optimal results.
We are training your whole brain through a series of training sessions. You will notice significant improvement after approximately 15 sessions with long-lasting results after 30-40 sessions. Many times, medications can be reduced or stopped altogether. You would want to consult with your doctor to avoid over-medicating.
In line with the AAPB and ISNR guidelines for rating clinical efficacy, we conclude that neurofeedback treatment for ADHD can be considered "Efficacious and Specific" (Level 5) with a large ES for inattention and impulsivity and a medium ES for hyperactivity.
Neurofeedback participants made more prompt and greater improvements in ADHD symptoms, which were sustained at the 6-month follow-up, than did CT participants or those in the control group. This finding suggests that neurofeedback is a promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.
An 8-week, prospective, open-label study was undertaken. Twenty participants were recruited. The treatment protocol was twice or three times a week training of beta at F3 with alpha/theta at Pz for 8 weeks.
Pre- and post-training clinical assessments revealed significant improvements in HAM–D, HAM-A, BDI, and CGI-S scores. Cumulative response rates by HAM-D were 35.0 and 75.0 % at 4 and 8 weeks, respectively, corresponding cumulative remission rates by HAM-D were 15.0 and 55.0 %, respectively.
Pre-frontal treatment with HEG may have great utility in treating anxiety. Anxiety can be associated with both ‘high beta’ and ‘high alpha’ states.
HEG training at the lateral prefrontal locations on the hypothesized pathways resulted, after 12 to 30 sessions, in significant symptom improvement in four samples of 9 similar cases.
These results support Targeted Location theory and the role of the amygdala in anxiety/panic. Further support is provided that the targeted pathway to the amygdala can be influenced with pre-frontal HEG training.