Neurofeedback is the retraining of brain waves. Brain waves represent the measurement of the electrical activity of the brain. We can measure brain waves and compare them to a normative database and create a brain map (QEEG). Certain highs and lows in the electrical output of our brain area associated with neurobehavioral symptoms.
Balancing the brain waves often diminishes or corrects the symptoms the patients are dealing with. Olympic and professional athletes have used this technology in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage. Clinicians have used neurofeedback on ADHD patients for decades. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics rates neurofeedback at the same level as the stimulant medications. We have used neurofeedback in our clinic for close to a decade with great success.
The retraining of the brain waves is a passive process involving operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is the old carrot and stick system of training to a desired outcome. After we find what areas of the brain are over-firing or under-firing we neurofeedback to balance the area. We use audio visual entrainment to suggest to the brain to make more or less of the waves that are out of normal range. To the patient, colored lights flash while they watch a movie and the movie fades in and out based on what the brain is doing.
One of the best parts of neurofeedback brain training is that the results are long lasting. Over 90% of the cases we have helped no longer require our care after we are finished. This stands in stark contrast to the pharmaceutical model of healthcare. We help bring out the best version of the patient with often greater focus, emotional control and and greater executive functions.
If you or a loved one are dealing with a neurobehavioral problem, the first step to find if there is a brain based or neurological reason behind the symptoms is a brain map. Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized analysis of brain function. This allows the targeted management of the problem with neurofeedback.
If we can answer any questions, feel free to contact our office at 770.237.3970 or check us out at themartinclinic.com.