Neurofeedback (NF) Training

What is NeuroFeedback Training?

neurotheraphy_photoNeurofeedback training is used to help change unhealthy or undesirable brainwave activity into normal, healthy, organised activity.

Neurofeedback training operates on the principle of operant conditioning. Operant conditioning dictates that the human brain will tend to repeat behaviours that have resulted in it receiving a reward in the past. The brain congratulates itself whenever it achieves a goal by releasing endorphins. Endorphins are the naturally produced family of hormones that cause us to feel good. It is thought that the brain remembers the state it was in at the moment these endorphins were released. Then, because the endorphins feel good, the brain tries to replicate that state. It wants to feel good again. Eventually, this will become a habit and the brain will automatically move into the new state without the need for an external reward. When this automaticity is achieved, the brain will stabilize in its new activation pattern. Neurofeedback training encourages you to break unhelpful brain activation habits and replace them with more helpful habits.

Neurofeedback is used as a validated treatment option for ADHD and depression.  For other conditions such as ASD, anxiety and traumatic brain injury Neurofeedback continues to be considered an experimental treatment, however, the research is growing to support Neurofeedback’s effectiveness for treating symptoms of these conditions.  For links to the research please see the links below.

We believe in examining the electrical activity of the brain in order to develop personalised protocols for Neurofeedback.   To do this, we use a Quantitative Electroencephalograph (QEEG) and we measure the flow of electrical information through the brain (ERP). The findings are then compared to a normative database so we can see how the individual flow of electrical information differs from the norm.

From our years of practice and research we now see that no-one has the “perfect’’ brain and that everyone can improve how their brain works and performs tasks.  Neurofeedback provides the training that allows our brains to change themselves and to compliment or replace medication.  As the proverb goes Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

What Training Involves

With specialised equipment and individualised programs, we apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. The information is presented in the form of a video game or movie screen. The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.

Who does the NeuroFeedback training?

All our NeuroFeedback practitioners are full members of The Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia – a professional membership organisation consisting of health professionals from Medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Physiotherapy, and Behavioural optometry – who are committed to the promotion of optimum health primarily through self-regulation, diet and nutrition. They are also are fully registered Psychologists and members of the Australian Psychological Society and /or Australian College of Clinical Psychologists.

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