In the medical world, there are many new innovations that pop up each year. One of the most talked-about for this year is neurofeedback therapy. There have been multiple studies notating great success with this method of therapy. If you’re unfamiliar with neurofeedback therapy, we’re going to share with you what this therapy is and how it can be helpful.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback therapy is known as a non-invasive way to measure your brain waves and body temperature. Also referred to as electroencephalography or EEG, this type of therapy allows a skilled medical professional to control involuntary aspects of your brain. They will use neurofeedback therapy as a conditioning method to retrain certain functions of your brain.
How Can Neurofeedback Therapy Help?
Certain medical conditions are signified by brain waves not working in unison with one another. Think of popping one of the tires on your car. Just one tire can wreak havoc on the alignment of all of the components in your car. In order for your car to operate correctly, that tire needs to be fixed.
Neurofeedback therapy is what fixes the ‘so-called’ blown tire in your brain. By fixing the problem, your brain can start to work in unison again. This type of therapy helps to fix brain imbalances that result in ADHD, anxiety, depression, and concussions.
What Does Neurofeedback Therapy Look Like?
Everyone that undergoes neurofeedback therapy will start with quantitative EEG or QEEG for short. This is a medical process that, essentially, maps out the brain. This allows a medical professional to identify areas of your brain that are out of alignment. A QEEG is considered a baseline where a doctor can start to develop a specialized approach to fix your imbalance.
To perform a QEEG, the physician will place sensors on various areas of your head. You’ll wear headphones that will play various music to cause different reactions in the brain. The medical professional will monitor the activity of each sensor to create a map of your brain activity.
What Conditions Does This Type Of Therapy Work For?
Neurofeedback therapy works to treat a number of health conditions. There has been a lot of notoriety about the success of this type of therapy in treating anxiety-related conditions. Neurofeedback therapy is effective at relieving the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety locks the brain into a state of heightened sensitivity by allowing a person’s thoughts to travel down the same negative neural pathways.
Neurofeedback therapy works to retrain the brain to go down more positive neural pathways. This results in more balance of the brain and better thought patterns that eliminates chronic anxiety. Some other common conditions that neurofeedback therapy can treat include:
- Addiction Recovery
- Bipolar Disorder
What Does A Typical Treatment Plan Look Like?
As with any sort of retraining of the brain, you can’t expect to get complete results with one session. It takes consistent sessions over a period of time to get permanent results from neurofeedback therapy. The average treatment plan includes a weekly session for a period of 20 consistent weeks.
It’s completely possible that some individuals may need fewer visits while some may need more. Your medical professional will give you an estimated timeframe for treatments and can update the length of your treatment plan depending on how your brain is responding to the treatments. You’ll need to take note of how you feel in between sessions. Many will experience positive changes in sleep patterns, mental clarity, and stress within the first few weeks of treatment.