NEUROFEEDBACK RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS
Neurofeedback is a powerful training-based program to help improve and stabilize brain function, and not a medical treatment or a cure for any disease. Our brain is the substrate for our emotions, perceptions, and behaviors. How we react to our environment depends on the integrity and health of our brain networks and the efficiency of learned patterns accumulated throughout our lives. Genetic predispositions can’t be changed but performance and well-being can be managed to a large extent, as the brain is capable of change at any age (neuroplasticity).
Many physical and emotional conditions have brain dysregulation at their root, or produce it as a side effect - that is why training the brain can complement traditional approaches.
Many conditions have functional brain correlates and therefore the field of neurofeedback has performed research into many disorders and developed standard protocols to train the circuits commonly known to be affected by these disorders, relying on the property of neuroplasticity.
Brain circuits underlying correlates of addiction, anxiety, attention deficit, PTSD, compulsive behaviors, depression, executive function, epilepsy, sleep, memory, spatial perception, reading, speech, motor control, motivation, mood, focus, sensory processing, etc. can be targeted for training. For training the brain after concussions and traumatic brain injury, the program is designed to be specific to the area affected.
Unlike interventions relying on medications, the success of neurofeedback training relies on establishing permanent changes formed through a learning process. When the goal is achieved, the sessions can be stopped and new goals can be set.
Neurofeedback does not replace medical treatments for any conditions diagnosed by your doctor but can support long term changes in your brain function and well-being through the process of learning. And once the brain is optimally tuned, your doctor can reassess your condition and the need for continuing medications.