What is Neurofeedback?
The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance defines neurofeedback (i.e. brainwave biofeedback) as a technique used to alter the brain’s electrical activity in the subcortical and cortical regions. Neurofeedback is a training process by which patients alter brain wave activity to achieve the desired outcome. This training is based on the premise that your brain can learn to optimize brain waves if it receives immediate feedback on brain waves changes. This is important as brain waves are associated with specific states, such as restfulness, agitation, sleep, and attentiveness. The purpose of neurofeedback is to normalize brain waves so that a reduction of symptoms occurs.
Neurofeedback utilizes behavioral learning principles to treat psychological issues and to improve performance. Neurofeedback relies on advanced software and computers to monitor brain wave activity and to provide instantaneous feedback to an individual.
Neurofeedback is commonly used to improve the symptoms of the following: