What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback Therapy, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a brain-based treatment that uses a sophisticated brain-computer interface to “strengthen” or “rewire” the brain, by training brainwaves, the tiny electrical signals produced by the brain. At The Perth Brain Centre Neurofeedback Therapy is guided by information from special brain scans known as QEEG (Quantitative Electro-Encephalogram). The information from these scans permits targeted and individualised treatment.
Research shows that Neurofeedback Therapy can be as effective as medication for some conditions, but with long-term results and little or no side-effects. There is considerable research showing that Neurofeedback Therapy can change the brain and can help problems such as ADHD and Learning Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and Epilepsy, and can also improve cognitive function in healthy people (often called Peak Performance Training). There is also evidence demonstrating that Neurofeedback Therapy can help other problems such as Addictive Disorders (alcohol and other drugs), Autism Spectrum Disorders and Insomnia, however there is less research published about this.
Who can benefit from Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback Therapy is suitable for people of almost any age, from young children to the elderly. At The Perth Brain Centre we focus on helping people looking for assistance with:
History and Development
Neurofeedback started in the late 1950’s in the USA involving studies of consciousness and epilepsy. By the late 1960’s NASA was using neurofeedback in astronaut training, initially to reduce the likelihood of their astronauts having seizures and hallucinations when exposed to spacecraft fuel, and later for “Peak Performance” training to improve focus and attention. NASA are still using neurofeedback in their space training programmes today as also do the U.S. Military to train their Special Forces. Neurofeedback has been successfully used to treat attention deficit disorders since the 1980’s and its application has progressed to include treatment for a wide range of brain-based disorders.
Research and Safety
Neurofeedback has its foundation in basic and applied neuroscience as well as evidence-based clinical practice. There are over 1000 studies published in relation to neurofeedback and the literature that exists is substantial. No one has published any significant studies suggesting that neurofeedback does not work and in over 30 years of clinical applications there are no known situations where a long-term adverse effect has been reported.