What Is Neurofeedback?

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Neurofeedback, sometimes known as EEG biofeedback or Neurotherapy, is a type of therapeutic treatment for your brain. Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used to teach self-regulation of brain activity. Moods, thoughts, feelings, as well as behaviors, have their own brainwave activity. Neurofeedback is the direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to work more efficiently. The brain controls your emotional well-being, psychological health, and every system in your body, therefore, training the brain into better function can have far-reaching as well as long-lasting benefits.

Neurofeedback training creates a default mode network that supports healthy regulation versus the dysregulated brain wave activity that is often associated with conditions such as ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, autism, depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep disorders, pain, headaches, traumatic brain injury, along with many other concerns which can affect emotional as well as physical well-being. 

Neurofeedback is also effectively used to enhance athletic and mental performance. Peak performance is an easily recognized mental state where one is both focused and present. Many people think of neurofeedback as “brain training”.  Indeed, the incredible plasticity of our brains allows neurofeedback training to engage in a stronger and more supportive state of well-being the more it is trained.  When the brain is supported and working efficiently, you feel better, perform better, and gain an expanded sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

PEAK PERFORMANCE

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The brain is like any other organ in the body. If you exercise it, it performs better.  An efficient brain can accomplish more, with greater accuracy, in less time. 

Neurofeedback provides high performers with the tools to train and exercise neural-nets in the same way as one exercises and builds muscles. The personalised programme makes more efficient use of brain resources by strengthening specific neural connections.

For attorneys, business leaders and the financial community, greater efficiency means that less mental energy is wasted keeping composure, second guessing, over analysing, and maintaining emotional control. 

Many high performers have issues related to long term stress, and use neurofeedback simply to promote stress recovery and improve sleep quality; both essential elements to long term brain performance, endurance and resilience.

Professional athletes and musicians use neurofeedback to build the ability to be ‘in the zone’; tuning out distractions during key situations, increasing processing speed and focusing all their energies on the task at hand. Smoother function equals greater poise under pressure, improved recovery speed after an error, and less ‘over-thinking’ in crucial moments. 

What distinguishes the best is motivation, concentration, and how emotions are handled in high-pressure situations. This is why neurofeedback is fast becoming a training standard in Olympic and professional sports, and increasingly in the business community. 

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SELF DEVELOPMENT AND CREATIVITY

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Happiness is all about how we perceive and react to life’s events. Neurofeedback helps clear negative inner dialogue and widens perspective, allowing our intrinsic personality to emerge. Smooth brain communication promotes focus and emotional balance, helping us reach our full personal potential.

The most common benefit people report after training with neurofeedback is of a new vitality; a familiar but forgotten sense of being more their natural self. Most note that though they came in for help with emotional, artistic and creative abilities, they have also found positive changes in many other areas of their lives.

Streamlining your mind is simple mental hygiene; an essential component of reaching optimal health.

To arrange your sessions, please contact us.

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CHILDREN AND TEENS

For scholastic performancesocial skillsattention deficit or hyperactivity; neurofeedback can help your kids fully develop and achieve their best. 

Neurofeedback addresses the foundations of learning; a balanced and organised brain can process and remember information more easily. Improved mental performance and ability to pay attention equals better learning; reducing stress develops better test results, and calming emotional and behavioural issues improves social interactions. All this equals better prospects for the future. 

Neurofeedback is especially effective for children. We see the most remarkable benefits when working with young and flexible brains, before habits mature and become traits in adulthood. Starting life on a clear footing makes the whole journey much easier.

Our clinics are comfortable and child friendly, as we believe a safe, caring, supportive space is crucial.

In my 38 years of practice, I have never seen any treatment that comes close to producing the results that Neurofeedback offers… I have seen results achieved in days and weeks that previously took months and years to achieve, using the best methods available to us.

Jack Woodward, MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist

The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance, suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas.  In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used (Clinical Electroencephalography, 2000).

Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist, Head of the Neuroimaging Department and of Neuroimaging Research at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Professor


SOLUTIONS

Programmes for Attention training, StressTraumaSleepEmotional difficulties, Social Skills and Intimacy

Our brain determines our emotional states, our perception, and our reactions to the world around us. How we react to events directly affects the resilience of every system in our bodies; strengthening or weakening our ability to repair, regulate, and resist disease. This is why so many physical and emotional conditions stem from the mind and brain, and why training it into smoother function is so important.

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, concussions, PTSD, memory, focus, autism; we do not view these as diagnostic things to treat, but as reflections of brain dysregulation. 

The brain is capable of tremendous and miraculous change (see neuroplasticity). By eliminating uncomfortable patterns and restoring the system to balance, optimum function can be restored and the secondary symptoms naturally fade away. 

If you are experiencing difficulties in your life – with staying focused or being organised and on top of things, with your sleep quality, your mood, with fears or worries or anxiety, with learning or difficult behaviour, with social or close personal relationships, with trauma or other emotional or brain-related problems, neurofeedback may be the right choice for you.  

Resist the message that nothing can be done, and discover what neurofeedback brain training has to offer.

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