Neurofeedback is a non-invasive and non-drug based procedure that has shown promise in treating symptoms of many different mental illnesses. These include ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, learning disabilities and even drug addictions.
During a neurofeedback session, one or more brainwaves are measured and trained to a certain state. The positive value of these brainwaves is rewarded with audiovisual feedback (usually music or a game), which allows the person to become aware of their physiological processes in real time.
The premise is that the brain is a highly plastic organ and can learn to change its physiology. This is done by giving the person real-time information about their brainwave activity, which can then be used to improve their overall performance.
This treatment can be beneficial for many things, including improving attention, memory and learning skills in children and adults. It can also help reduce the intensity of a variety of symptoms, such as pain, depression and anxiety.
It can help people with cognitive deficits, and can also be effective in treating conditions such as Tourette’s, tics and fibromyalgia. It has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of post-chemotherapy symptoms and other disorders that involve the brain.
A neurofeedback provider uses a device that receives signals from sensors placed on the Neurofeedback head. They then amplify these signals and send them to a computer. These signals are then displayed on a monitor so the patient can see what is happening with their brainwaves.
The provider then uses a software program that helps train the brain to reorganize its functioning in the area of brainwave regulation. This is done through repeated training sessions.
Some of the most common protocols used in neurofeedback are alpha, beta, delta and gamma. These brainwaves are believed to represent different parts of the brain and their function. Some of these areas are responsible for immediate and sustained attention, emotions, social skills, empathy and executive functions.
They are also the source of the ability to control behavior and mood. Some of these areas are also important for a person’s ability to fall asleep and remain calm during the night.
Neurofeedback can be a great tool for athletes to improve their psychomotor and self-regulation abilities as well as their performance in competitions. It can also help people with PTSD and other traumas.