Neurotherapy is also known as Neurofeedback and sometimes as EEG Biofeedback. Neurotherapy has been on the scene since the 1960s and is backed by numerous peer-reviewed studies and compelling research demonstrating its effectiveness. The foundational concept behind Neurotherapy is that the human brain, unlike what was believed for many years, is capable of significant functional change. This capacity for change is possible due to the brain’s plasticity .
By assessing the anomalies found in brain wave patterns through the use of an EEG (Electroencephalogram) it is possible to identify a client’s symptoms. Symptoms are then treated by retraining these brain wave patterns. Neurotherapy is therefore, training in self-regulation which is essential for optimal brain function, emotional control and physiological health.
Neurotherapy can help a variety of problems such as bedwetting, anxiety, nightmares, ADHD, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, migraines, addictions and PTSD. Neurotherapy can help maintain good brain function as people age. Peak performers also use EEG training to enhance their abilities in sports, business and the arts.
A computer is used to process and extract specific information from the brainwave activity. ‘Up or down training’ usually involves the use of sound, changing displays and animations somewhat like video games. The client is asked to play the video game simply by thinking about the task that has been described. The client is then rewarded when obtaining specified frequency thresholds. The locations where sensors are placed and the brain wave frequencies that are rewarded are unique for each client.
DELTA is low frequency brainwave (1-3 Herz or cycles per second) predominant during sleep
THETA is low frequency but slightly faster brainwave (3-7 Herz) present during sleep and also associated with a drowsy or meditative state
ALPHA is higher frequency brainwave (8-12 Herz) associted with creativity, relaxation and meditation
BETA is higher frequency brainwave (16-25 Herz) predominant during concentration associated with alertness and increased mental effort
HIGH BETA / GAMMA is relatively high frequency brainwave (28-40 Herz) associated with significantly elevated brainwave activity, over arousal and anxiety