BrainCore Neurofeedback is also known as EEG Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is guided exercise for the brain. It is actually a learning modality designed to retrain dysregulated brainwave patterns.
The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave imbalance into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. It is completely noninvasive and is considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe. In fact the FDA recognizes that neurofeedback has NEVER produced a serious side effect since it was first discovered over 40 years ago.
Published scientific research has demonstrated neurofeedback’s efficacy in managing many neurological conditions such as ADHD, Migraine and Tension Headache, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Post Stroke Syndrome, Anxiety and Panic Attacks as well as many others.
The goal of neurofeedback is to keep your brainwaves healthy. Many people with brainwave dysregulation get “stuck” in a wave, causing unwanted symptoms. A brainwave that is too fast or too slow in certain parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as worry, attention problems, and even insomnia.
During a session, you watch a favorite show on television. When your brainwaves are where they should be, the screen lightens making your brain want it more. Training regularly is like taking your brain to the gym. Once your brain is strong and the brainwaves are flowing, the screen stays light, the effects are permanent and your symptoms subside.
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Neurofeedback begins with a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) evaluation. The QEEG is an assessment tool designed to objectively and scientifically evaluate a person’s brainwave patterns. The procedure consists of placing a snug cap on the head. Embedded within the cap are 12 small sensors that are designed to measure and record brainwaves coming from the brain.
It is important to note that these sensors do NOT put any electrical current into the brain – they simply record signals coming from the brain. The brainwave data recorded with the QEEG is statistically compared to a normative database and a Brain Map report is generated.
This assessment procedure allows the doctor to determine, in a scientifically objective manner, whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normal. The QEEG assessment provides the doctor with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal. As the brainwave patterns normalize, the brain is able to operate more optimally and efficiently.
Neurofeedback is a direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process.
Individuals are hooked up to a computer using wires and sensors, and the computer records their brainwave activity. These sensors are noninvasive, as no electrical current is put into the brain.
The sensors simply record the brainwaves coming from the brain. The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals the patient. Individuals will begin to learn self-regulation of brain functions.