Neurofeedback Training

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What is Neurofeedback Training?

  • Neurofeedback Training (NFB) is a non-invasive intervention that trains the brain to function in healthier and more efficient ways. With the assistance of a trained clinician, neurofeedback training enables an individual to  take advantage of the brain’s innate capability to self-regulate and optimize itself. Over time, the dysregulation is corrected leading to improved cognitive function, greater emotional stability, and increased quality of sleep.

  • Neurofeedback training could be a viable drug-free / lower dose option for managing symptoms of disorders such as ADHD, depression and anxiety.

  • The electrical brain activity known as EEG or brain waves  which cause our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are trained to function in a more efficient way.  

      Types of brain wave activity.

  • Delta waves/ sleep: this is the slowest brain wave and occurs during sleep.

  • Theta waves/ sleepy: when feeling sleepy.

  • Alpha waves: when relaxed and calm yet alert. It is one of the brain’s most important brain waves. It enables tasks to be accomplished easily.

  • Beta waves: when actively thinking, problem solving and concentrating.

  • Gamma waves occur when information is processed quickly, it helps with memory and recall.

 

  •  The brain does not produce only one type of brainwave at a time. There may be some or all of the different brainwaves in the brain at any given time.

  • Depending what we are doing there should be a dominant brainwave. 

  • Beta for concentration, Alpha for awareness and Theta while sleepy.

  • Therefore, brain waves help to describe the changes we see in brain.

 What has this to do with neurofeedback training?

  • When our brainwaves are out of balance problems may be caused in our emotional health or our daily  functioning. 

  • We need to be able to change our brain activity to match what we are doing. 

  • At school/work, we need to stay focused and attentive and those beta waves are a good thing. 

  • But when we get home and want to relax, we want to be able to produce less beta and more alpha activity. 

  • To get to sleep, we want to be able to slow down even more. 

  • Life becomes difficult when we cannot match our brain activity to the demands of our lives. 

  • This brain based electrical activity, when under or over performing can produce a dysregulated state impacting  our academic, emotional, social, and physical areas of life.  Some of this dysregulation can include ADHD-attention deficits, mood regulation, addictions, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD and behaviour  disorders. 

  • These dysregulated states are produced by different types of brain wave frequencies. Too many brain waves or  too little, cause problems as the brain is not performing at its optimal level.  

  • As brain waves change, so too do the symptoms of any disorders that the individual may be experiencing.

Neurofeedback training is training the brain waves so that they are optimized for when we  need them most.

 Included are peer reviewed articles below for more information.

 What is the process?

  • A person who is going to participate in neurofeedback training sessions will start by answering several questions about their symptoms, treatment history, and lifestyle.

  • The first step may be to do a qEEG - a Quantitative Electroencephalogram which produces a series of visual “brain maps”. Brain mapping/ qEEG uses a non-intrusive method to gather data to confirm the results of the assessment.

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  • Per session ¥11,000 (including tax)

  • 2 sessions weekly @ ¥20 000 per week (including tax). Suggested for optimal improvement.

  • Brain map/ qEEG - ¥70 000

  • Bazanova, O.M., Aftanas, L.I. (2010).Individual EEG alpha activity analysis for enhancement neurofeedback efficiency: Two case studies.  Journal of Neurotherapy 14(3), 244 – 253.

  • Boyd, W.D & Campbell, S.E. (1998) EEG biofeedback in schools: The use of EEG biofeedback to treat ADHD in a school setting. Journal of Neurotherapy,

       2(4), 65-71.

  • Budzynski, T.H. (1996). Braining brightening: Can neurofeedback improve cognitive process? Biofeedback, 24(2), 14-17.

  • Foks, M. (2005).Neurofeedback training as an educational intervention in a school setting: How the regulation of arousal states can lead to improved attention and behaviour in children with special needs. Educational & Child Psychology, 22(3), 67-77.

  • Fritson, K. K., Wadkins, T. A., Gerdes, P., & Hof, D. (2007).  The impact of neurotherapy on college students’ cognitive abilities and emotions.  Journal of Neurotherapy, 11(4), 1-9.

  • Kwon, H., Cho, J., Lee, E. (2009). EEG asymmetry analysis of the left and right brain activities during simple versus complex arithmetic learning.

  • Journal of Neurotherapy 13(2), 109 – 116.

  • Vernon, D., Egner, T., Cooper, N., Compton, T., Neilands, C., Sheri, A., & Gruzelier, J.(2003). The effect of training distinct neurofeedback protocols on aspects of cognitive performance. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 47, 75-85.

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