Neurofeedback addresses dysregulation in the brain
Problems that arise from dysregulation are numerous, meaning neuro-biofeedback can help with a variety problems resulting from:
- Attachment Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Chronic Pain
- Autoimmune Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue (CFS)
- Eating Disorder
- Conduct Disorder / Learning Disabilities
- Certain Types of Seizures
- Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
- Sleep Problems
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Peak Performance Training
- Cognitive Decline
How Does it Help?
One of the technique's great strengths is that it draws upon the brain's own ability to learn and adapt.
Neurofeedback is non-invasive. Rather than trying to affect the body from outside, it helps the brain to deal with any problems at the foundation. It simply makes certain characteristics of the brain's operation visible to the conscious mind.
Often, Neurofeedback can help break undesirable established mental or behavioral patterns. A lot of the syndromes above are self-reinforcing. Neurofeedback can help break such cycles by providing reinforcement for "normal" function. Neurofeedback training can also help with specific issues, including traumatic brain injury, certain kinds of seizures, autism, and stroke cases. In these instances, the training may not eliminate the cause of the problem, but rather assists the brain to function normally despite the injury.
In the case of depression, there can be a gradual recovery of "affect", or emotional responsiveness, and a reduction in effort fatigue. Clients suffering from panic attacks or anxiety tend to experience a gradual improvement in their ability to regulate or control their attacks. Furthermore, both severity and frequency of anxiety episodes and panic attacks reduces until the condition normalizes.
In ADHD clients, impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity may all respond to training. This can drastically improve school performance for children. Cognitive function, measured as raw IQ score, may improve as well: three controlled clinical studies found average increases of 10, 19, and 23 IQ points for representative groups of ADHD children.
Maladaptive behavior, especially in children, can change in other ways as well. Temper tantrums, aggression, cruelty, or violence are all aspects of behavior that may experience reduction or become better controllable by the child.
Likewise, neurofeedback for clients with certain seizure disorders tends to cause a similar reduction in both frequency and severity of seizures. In agreement with the referring neurologist, the dosage of anti-convulsant medication may ultimately be reduced, which in turn usually leads to a reduction of its side effects.
Is Neurofeedback Safe For Children?
Due in part to the nature of the treatment, neurofeedback training can help both children and adults. In fact, thanks to the innate flexibility of the growing child's mind, it is especially effective for children. Hyperactivity, attention deficit, temper tantrums, and conduct problems are more often exhibited by children than by adults, and can be effectively treated. Furthermore, once the brain has learned to function normally, the effect is usually lasting, and relapse rarely occurs.
Alternative Uses For Neurofeedback
Because neurofeedback trains the brain to operate effectively, its applications are not limited to recovering from injury or coping with problems. Neurofeedback training is also valuable to bring the brain back on track after day-to-day stress, or to facilitate peak performance, for example, for professional athletes or corporate executives. People practicing meditation also report an enhanced ability to quiet racing thoughts and deeper, more profound, meditation experiences.