All our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are affected by our brainwaves, which are tiny pulses of electrical activity produced as the neurons communicate with each other. When there are patterns within the brain that are not working correctly there will be corresponding problems. A wide variety of disorders can be traced back to these dysfunctional brainwave patterns. By influencing these electrical patterns, we can change the brain's communication.
One of the technique's great strengths is that it draws upon the brain's own ability to learn and adapt. Neurofeedback therapy is absolutely non-invasive, and rather than trying to affect the body from the outside, it helps the brain to deal with any problems at the foundation.
- Due in part to the nature of the treatment, neurofeedback training can help both children and adults. In fact, thanks to the innate flexibility of the growing child's mind, it is especially effective for children. Hyperactivity, attention deficit, temper tantrums, and conduct problems are more often exhibited by children than by adults, and can be effectively treated. Furthermore, once the brain has learned to function normally, the effect is usually lasting, and relapse rarely occurs.
- Because neurofeedback therapy trains the brain to operate effectively, it is an effective treatment for individuals who are recovering from injury or coping with a variety of problems such as: Fears/Phobias, Depressed Mood/Mood Swings, Substance Abuse, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Sleep Problems, Headaches, Autoimmune Problems and PTSD.
- Neurofeedback training is also valuable to bring the brain back on track after day-to-day stress, or to facilitate peak performance, for example, for professional athletes or corporate executives. People practicing meditation also report an enhanced ability to quiet racing thoughts and deeper, more profound, meditation experiences.