Neurofeedback (NFB) is an exercise in the brain’s ability to regulate brainwave activity. The goal of Neurofeedback is to provide instantaneous feedback and train the brain to work as efficiently as possible, based on patterns found in current research.
The brain sends signals by means of chemicals called neurotransmitters. As these neurotransmitters are sent and received, they emit electrical signals most often referred to as brainwaves. These signals can be measured at the scalp by an Electroencephalogram (EEG) and amplified for observation through current software.
The patterns of a client’s brainwave activity can then be compared to a database of standardized age-norm data. Using this information, we will determine a protocol best suited for each individual Neurofeedback client.
Each session, individual electrodes or an EEG cap are placed on the client’s scalp with a paste or gel. Our state of the art LORETA software then interprets the data and provides Z score training in the form of a game, music or movie for the client to watch and enjoy. These fun and engaging activities, combined with a relaxing atmosphere, ensure the client’s comfort and interest. As the game, music or movies play, the NFB session provides positive reinforcement for those brainwave patterns that are most efficient. Through this form of operant conditioning, the brain becomes more familiar with an optimum level of activity.
Permanent changes in the brain’s behavior can usually be seen after just 20-40 sessions, which can vary for every client.