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How Does Neurofeedback Work?
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback is like personal training for the brain. The neurofeedback therapist performs a qEEG or Brain Map to determine which areas of the brain need to be addressed in training, much like a personal trainer performs an initial strength and endurance test before determining a client’s current physical capabilities and then sets desired goals at the gym.
During a neurofeedback session, the therapist places sensors on the scalp that enable her to communicate directly with the area of the brain she is targeting. She sets a threshold, or target goal, for the brainwaves that need to be adjusted, and she adjusts that threshold throughout the session as the brainwaves respond. This action is much like a personal trainer who monitors performance, heart rate, and endurance, and then adjusts speed on the treadmill or modifies the weight the client is lifting during a session.
The most exciting thing about neurofeedback is that the changes that take place in the brain are permanent! Once the brainwaves perform at a certain level for several sessions, the brain learns this, and it becomes the new norm. Then, the neurofeedback therapist can continue to adjust thresholds further. This process takes time, as the brain must have time to learn and adjust in increments. The therapist consistently communicates with the brainwaves to alter performance until these brainwaves are functioning at a typical performance rate for healthy brain function. Similarly, a personal trainer works with the client to establish long-term goals for toning and fitness, but the process to build fortitude and strength takes time. With each new level of training at the gym, the client’s muscles and endurance capabilities require time to regulate before additional weight or time can be added to the workout.
Neurofeedback works most effectively and offers optimum benefit when the client comes in for sessions 2-3 times per week. This consistent exercise for the brain is likened again to time at the gym. If a client meets with his trainer and works out 2-3 times per week, he will notice changes in his body at a much more rapid rate than if he only makes it to the gym once a week.
Simply put, Neurofeedback works! Symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated over time, because the brainwaves will change! Each client’s brain is different, and each responds at a rate their brain allows, but the brainwaves will change, and the road to improved health will be realized with this very beneficial form of treatment!
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN