What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback is a brain-based treatment that uses a sophisticated brain-computer interface to “strengthen” or retrain the brain. Everything we think, feel and do, is the result of brain activity. This electrical activity of all our brain cells creates brainwaves that can be measured precisely with QEEG Brain Scans. Neurofeedback Therapy works by changing the way the brain works by allowing people to train and control their brainwaves.
Who can benefit from Neurofeedback Therapy?
The applications of Neurofeedback Therapy are broad. At The Perth Brain Centre we most frequently use Neurofeedback Therapy to help people with:
Neurofeedback is suitable for people of almost all ages. Patients sit comfortably and relax during training whilst sensors precisely detect and measure brainwave activity. This information is analysed in real-time and presented as audio and visual feedback which is used to “strengthen” and retrain the brain. People enjoy Neurofeedback Therapy and usually look forward to their appointments.
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.
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