Our brains are pretty amazing—and here’s just one glimpse into why. The brain is made up of billions of neurons that communicate with one another to keep our bodies functioning as they should. When those brain synapses are firing and doing their job, they create energy known as “brain waves.” For many people—especially those living with chronic health conditions—those brain waves can get disrupted or can stop functioning properly. Fortunately, that’s not the end of the story: There’s a healing technique called neurofeedback, which is a tool that’s designed to “retrain” our brains to better deal with anxiety, stress, insomnia, and pain. It’s also used to help athletes and musicians perform better. Pretty cool, right? Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback, but with more focus on the mind. (Biofeedback measures physical functions, such as your heart rate.) If you try neurofeedback, the practitioner may start with an assessment, where they attach sensors to your scalp that connect to a machine. The machine measures your unique brain wave patterns while you engage in different activities, like breathing exercises or video games. In some cases, the practitioner will teach you how to produce certain brain wave patterns linked to your goals, such as those that align with being relaxed, calm, and focused. Other times this is accomplished by using a machine that stimulates the desired brain wave patterns. By creating specific brain waves, you can replace your unwanted symptoms and reactions with a more desirable response. Though it isn’t a “cure” for chronic conditions, neurofeedback doesn’t seem to have any negative side effects. It might improve your overall sense of control and well-being—and that’s definitely not nothing!
Videos about Neurofeedback
NeurofeedbackInfo: What Is Neurofeedback? How Brain Training Can Benefit Kids, Families, and Adults
Books about Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain
Neurofeedback, a type of "brain training" that allows us to see and change the patterns of our brain, has existed for over 40 years with applications as wide-ranging as the treatment of epilepsy, migraines, and chronic pain to performance enhancement in sports. Today, leading brain researchers and clinicians, interested in what the brain can tell us about mental health and well being, are also taking notice. Indeed, the brain's circuitry―its very frequencies and rhythmic oscillations―reveals much about its role in our emotional stability and resilience. Neurofeedback allows clinicians to guide their, clients as they learn to transform brain-wave patterns, providing a new window into how we view and treat mental illness. In this cutting-edge book, experienced clinician Sebern Fisher keenly demonstrates neurofeedback’s profound ability to help treat one of the most intractable mental health concerns of our time: severe childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment, otherwise known as developmental trauma. When an attachment rupture occurs between a child and her or his primary caregiver, a tangle of complicated symptoms can set in: severe emotional dysregulation, chronic dissociation, self-destructive behaviors, social isolation, rage, and fear. Until now, few reliable therapies existed to combat developmental trauma. But as the author so eloquently presents in this book, by focusing on a client's brain-wave patterns and "training" them to operate at different frequencies, the rhythms of the brain, body, and mind are normalized, attention stabilizes, fear subsides, and, with persistent, dedicated training, regulation sets in. A mix of fundamental theory and nuts-and-bolts practice, the book delivers a carefully articulated and accessible look at the mind and brain in developmental trauma, what a “trauma identity” looks like, and how neurofeedback can be used to retrain the brain, thereby fostering a healthier, more stable state of mind. Essential clinical skills are also fully covered, including how to introduce the idea of neurofeedback to clients, how to combine it with traditional psychotherapy, and how to perform assessments. In his foreword to the book, internationally recognized trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, MD, praises Fisher as “an immensely experienced neurofeedback practitioner [and] the right person to teach us how to integrate it into clinical practice.” Filled with illuminating client stories, powerful clinical insights, and plenty of clinical "how to," she accomplishes just that, offering readers a compelling look at exactly how this innovative model can be used to engage the brain to find peace and to heal. 8 pages of color illustrations
The Neurofeedback Solution: How to Treat Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Stroke, PTSD, and More
The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Podcasts about Neurofeedback
ADHD Experts Podcast: Brain Training - Neurofeedback and Cognitive Training for ADHD
Naomi Steiner, M.D., explains the science behind neurofeedback (NF) and cognitive training (CT), and how computer-based brain training can help children with ADHD and Executive Function Disorder.
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych: Neurofeedback, Low Motivation, Knowing if Therapy Works
Here are the topics covered: What is Neuroptimal (neurofeedback)? How can I help myself when depression steals my motivation? How do I know if therapy is working?
Bulletproof Radio: Andrew Hill - Hacking Autism, Seizures, & Migraines with Neurofeedback
Why you should listen – Andrew Hill comes on Bulletproof Radio today to discuss how you can use neurofeedback for autism, increasing brain power, managing anxiety and enjoying deeper sleep. Andrew Hill is the Director of Alternatives Brain Institute, a brain and mind-training center and the Lead Neuroscientist at truBrain, a start up making the world’s first nootropic drink. He received his PhD in Cognitive Nueroscience from UCLA, studying how attention operates in the brain. He lectures for the Undergraduate Education Initiatives program at UCLA, teaching a course sequence gerontology and the neuroscience of healthy brain aging. Andrew has published chapters on measuring and modulating human attention and continues to research self-regulation. He is passionate about self-regulation and peak performance. Enjoy the show!
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