Neurofeedback uses EEG (Electroencephalogram) to monitor electrical activity in the brain in real time. While monitoring brain activity in patients, a variety of games and activities are used in order to help create new pathways in the brain and correct pathways that might not be functioning optimally. By retraining the brain in such a way, this corrects brain functions and neuron pathways, ideally reducing or eliminating the problematic behavior.
How Does It Work?
Neurofeedback utilizes EEG biofeedback technology to monitor the brain’s activity. The brainwaves detected produce certain electrical activity that is picked up by the EEG and the data is then analyzed. In the data analysis, the neurofeedback professional looks for irregularities in the brain wave data and uses that to guide the treatment moving forward. Treatment methods vary significantly depending on the individual’s affliction. In general terms, the treatment aims to improve brain health by creating new pathways in the brain and strengthening existing pathways. Nepes (ney-pause) has experts who use neurofeedback and other similar methods to treat patients. Nepes has numerous locations across northern Colorado, schedule an appointment with us today!
Who Is Neurofeedback For?
- People of all ages who suffer from Epilepsy
- Children or adults who have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- People who have a behavioral disorder like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or Bipolar disorder
- Those afflicted by Insomnia or irregular sleep patterns
- Those who experience age-related cognitive loss
- People who are experiencing depression
- Children or adults who have suffered trauma
- Those who suffer from migraines
- People with high amounts of stress in their life
- People of all ages who have had a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
Neurofeedback could possibly have many other uses, however, further research is needed in order to shed more light on neurofeedback and its potential advantages. If you have questions or are interested in neurofeedback in northern Colorado, call us at (720)-378-5057.
Different Neurofeedback Techniques
There are a variety of different neurofeedback techniques that can be implemented by neurofeedback centers for retraining the brain.
qEEG is brain monitoring using an EEG biofeedback tool that measures brain electrical activity. This test is used to pinpoint brain waves and activity that are associated with your symptoms in order to better treat the condition. qEEG requires no electrical stimulation and is completely safe. It consists of placing conductive gel and 19 sensor pads across the head area. Worst case scenario, your hair might get a little bit messed up!
Near Infrared Light Therapy
Without getting into too much detail, there are certain faculties in your brain that require light stimulation to function correctly. When properly stimulated, nitric oxide is released which helps increase the blood flow to the brain. With the appropriate amount of blood flow restored to the brain, the brain has the resources it needs to correct itself.
Alpha-StimⓇ Aid is a device that provides a very low and safe amount of electric current. As a result of the electrical current, victims of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and pain all show significant and lasting improvement in their brain health.
These are some more commonly used neurofeedback techniques used to help retrain the brain and improve overall mental health. If you or a loved one live in northern Colorado and are interested in trying neurofeedback techniques for yourself, schedule an appointment at NeurOptimze today!