After publishing our In Her Words interview with breast cancer survivor turned healer, Angela Martinucci, we got inspired to dig a little deeper into the power of brain training. To learn how neurofeedback works, its benefits and how to find a practice in your area, read on.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also known as neurotherapy, neurobiofeedback or EEG biofeedback, is a subdivision of biofeedback responsible for measuring brainwave patterns. Other types of biofeedback include heart rate variability (HRV) and thermal and muscular (EMG).1 No matter the form of biofeedback, all variations use technology that provide us with information on how we can control our body’s involuntary functions – brainwaves, heart rate, breathing, muscles, sweat glands and temperature. With the feedback collected, we can properly assess and locate where our brains aren't functioning, and subconsciously use our thoughts to gain more control of these functions so that we can perform more optimally.2
How does neurofeedback work?
Biofeedback has been around for almost 40 years, but with today's technology and programs like NeurOptimal®, treatment is based upon the individual. In other words, our brain dictates the type of workout it gets, and all we have to do is passively receive it. A typical session lasts around 45 minutes, and you simply lie down, connect your brain to the software, cozy up with some blankets and listen to music. Like working out at to the gym and building strength over time, the software gradually trains the brain to function at a higher capacity – and the fact that we don’t know exactly how our brains are being conditioned, is exactly why it works.3 A growing number of biofeedback devices and programs are being marketed for in-home use, but the most commonly used devices are interactive computers, mobile programs and wearable devices with sensors that connect to our head and/or ears.4
Who can benefit from neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is extremely helpful in treating any sort of brain trauma or neurological conditions – such as ADHD, PTSD, Parkinson’s, stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, epilepsy, migraines, headache, strokes/aneurism, PMS, chemo-brain and the list continues – not just in adults, but children as well. According to a study by the brain performance center, Neurocore, 81% of the children with ADHD who participated in their neurofeedback program were able to reduce or eliminate their use of medications upon program completion*.5
Biofeedback is appealing for many reasons, but what really resonates with us is that it’s noninvasive. It can possibly reduce or eliminate the need for a lot of medications, and it improves overall well-being and quality of life in conjunction with a range of other physical and mental imbalances. It’s also very safe, having been time-tested and approved by the FDA.
Where can I try neurofeedback?
Brain training can be found in many physical therapy clinics, medical centers and hospitals around the world. But if you happen live in the Bay Area, visit Angela Martinucci’s practice, Mind Balanced, which uses NeurOptimal® software and training. It’s an amazing center, and we can honestly say that even after one treatment you can feel its calming effects.
“After almost 23 years of being “hostage” to psychotropic [anti-depressants] drugs, I am, as of July 2008 completely drug free!” M.W., Fairfax, VA 1
“NeurOptimal® has helped me refocus in a new way for continued self-growth. I have been an explorer all my life and NeurOptimal® allows me to continue this process and to have a community to relate to as well!” 1