Neurofeedback

Fitness for your brain

Neurofeedback is therapist-guided, which means clinicians provide personalized supervision, whether in-clinic or remote.

Below we have collated the most common questions about Neurofeedback.

Fitness for your brain

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What is neurofeedback?

Electroencephalography (EEG) neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback therapy which measures and records the brain waves. The user receives visual or auditory feedback which helps the user train the brain to better regulate its activity.

Neurofeedback has been used in clinics around the world for decades, and clinical research has shown it to be effective in improving focus and attention, sleep spindling behaviour and mood regulation with lasting results. Although it is reported by many to help manage many other conditions, more research is still needed.

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What is neurofeedback commonly used for?

Neurofeedback has been more commonly used in the treatment of ADHD due to solid evidence now supporting its use. It is also used to help improve sleep issues though directly affecting sleep spindling activity, and is being increasingly used in the space of peak performance. 

What is an Quantitative EEG?

For new clients, an initial EEG assessment consisting of an analysis of 19 areas of the brain is conducted.

This assessment, called a Quantitative EEG, takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Using normative data to compare results, a specific, individualized protocol is created that engages the client in “teaching” their brain to respond in new ways so that new behaviors result more easily and quickly than when using therapy and medication alone.

How many sessions will I need?

For optimal results, clinic sessions are typically scheduled for the first 8-10 sessions with twice per week sessions, followed by a home based program that will make this more affordable and effective. For most clients, significant improvements in symptoms and behavior are experienced within approximately 30-40 sessions but this can vary depending on the concern. 

 
 
 
 
 
Neurofeedback therapy from home

Neurofeedback, typically conducted in the clinicians offices, can now be done remotely using a wearable device and a mobile app while your clinician monitors your brain activity and progress remotely. By downloading an app onto your device, and using a special Eeg headset, you’ll be able to train remotely with close clinical supervision. This is typically combined with-in clinic sessions that allows your clinician oversight of your treatment progress. Essentially, this can significantly reduce the costs of attending a clinic multiple times per week.

What is used in the training?

Neurofeedback training requires an EEG headset that is placed on the head. Once connected, you can start playing games that are controlled by your brainwaves. Through playing these games, your brain will learn to better regulate itself. Depending on the target concerns, we use either the Myndlift or Versus headsets and training programs.

Is it Safe?

Yes. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive technique which helps a person learn how to control, or self-regulate, their brain waves. The headset is simply used to listen to and record the brainwaves, it doesn’t transmit anything into the brain thus being non-invasive. 

Neurofeedback should not be considered a 'Treatment' like medication. Much like exercise is shown to significantly improve depression, Neurofeedback is dependent on the person engaging in a regular 'exercise' regime to train their brain.Through the process of simply wearing the headset and playing the games, intentionally trying to improve your weekly scores (fitness), the brain will teach itself to better regulate its activities. Improving the brains regulation of its eeg (arousal) will translate into corresponding improved regulation of attention, mood and sleep.

That means that when you need to pay attention you can, and when you need to bounce back after a disappointment, you can thus maintaining optimal peak performance.