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Neurofeedback is a process by which we use various devices to gently guide your brain into optimal functioning. During a neurofeedback session, your brain activity is monitored, and you are rewarded as your brain achieves its optimal state. Over time, your brain gradually learns to operate in its ideal state to respond appropriately to different environments.
Neurofeedback training takes place in our Cambridge, MA office for clients in the Boston area. Remote Training is also available.
The most common form of neurofeedback utilizes a device called an electroencephalogram (EEG). Using sensors attached non-invasively to the surface of the scalp, the EEG measures your brain's activity through a computer and displays it on a monitor. The computer rewards you via the movement of images on the computer screen and a series of tones as your brain achieves the desired goal. Neurofeedback uses a form of unconcious learning called operant conditioning. The client can simply relax to achieve the desired state. Because the brain is organized such that different regions correspond to specific functions, the sensors can be moved to different points on the skull over the brain to address specific symptoms.
The brain requires more oxygen than any other part of the body. HEG uses a headband that contains a sensor to detect the amount of oxygenated blood flow in the region under the sensor. The computer gives you positive feedback for increasing blood flow to that region of the brain.
Self-regulation training allows the central nervous system to perform more efficiently. Neurofeedback is not unlike a “tune-up” for the brain.
In the case of organic brain disorders, it can only be a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than of curing the condition. When it comes to problems of disregulation, we would say that there is no disease to be cured. Self-regulation training may very well be the remedy. However, the word “cure” would not apply.
With successful Neurofeedback training, medications targeting brain function may no longer be needed, or, as the brain takes over the role of self-regulation, medication may be required at lower dosages.
Many studies have reported positive results after Neurofeedback training. In some cases like ADD/ADHD, Neurofeedback has proven to be an effective alternative to drug therapies such as Ritalin. With other conditions, the client may see partial to complete relief from symptoms, although results will vary based on individual cases. It is important for clients to communicate with their prescribing physician regarding Neurofeedback and medications.