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Getting to Know Neurofeedback

by learningdiscoveries on February 17, 2015

What Is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback is a type of biofeedback, which is a technique that allows people with health issues to train and control problematic organs that usually proceed involuntarily, such as heart, muscle, and brain to perform better and improve their health. Biofeedback is a great way to relieve high blood pressure, stress related and migraine headache and chronic muscle pain.

Neurofeedback is based on behavioural psychology which allows people to influence their own brainwaves for a more preferable pattern depending on the conditions and issues they are experiencing using techniques associated with repetition and practice.

The Key Principle of Neurofeedback

The key of neurofeedback is training the brainwaves the same way you exercise your body to add strength and grow. They also share the same keys to success which are consistency and frequency of the training session.

Understanding Brainwaves

Behind every thought, emotion and how human conduct themselves are brainwaves, which is the result of synchronised electrical pulses occurred during information exchange process between neurons within the brain.

Brainwaves are measured in Hertz and are divided into 4 categories going from Delta, which is the state of deep relaxation while we sleep, to Theta or half relaxed/half asleep state, Alpha or the daydreaming state, to the state when we are the most alert, Beta.

When we are up to different tasks or feeling different emotion, brainwaves change according to our activities and emotions. Slower brainwaves are in charge when we are exhausted, tired, lazy or daydreaming, while the higher frequencies are in control when we are feeling upbeat, focused or fully alert.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on the scalp to monitor brainwaves activities using electroencephalography. Certain crucial brainwave frequencies are focused upon to promote or eliminate them.

Active training for Neurofeedback can be in the form of playing a game or film. The actions that create desirable brainwave frequencies will be rewarded by presenting sounds and images that inform you when your brain “wins the game” or reach the goal of producing preferable brainwaves. Eventually the brain activity will be trained and shaped toward preferable performance. 

Who Can Benefit From Neurofeeback?

Neurofeedback can be useful for many brain conditions and dysfunction, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, dyslexia, epilepsy, insomnia, and brain trauma.

People who went through neurofeedback sessions usually report a clear and refreshed mind. With neurofeedback, many people also benefit from an immediate positive development in more than one way. The effort to improve one specific condition also creates a positive effect on other brain functions such as mood, concentration and energy levels.

If you are interested to get more information on neurofeedback or to make an appointment, please send an email or contact us on (02) 9637 9998 during business hours.

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Rosemary Boon

Registered Psychologist

M.A. (Psych),
Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies (Sch. Counsel),
Grad Dip. Ed. B Sc, Dip. Nut.
MAPS, AACNEM, ATMS, ISNR, ANSA.

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