Neuro-Feedback: Utilizing the latest in brainwave science and technology in the treatment of addictions and other mental health disorders…
When it comes to the human brain and its day-to-day operations, it becomes very clear that one’s mental health and state of mind comes down to one primary thing, brain waves. Their existence represents the sum total of inter-connectivity and communication within the brain, all of which occurring in the form of brain waves that are classified on the basis of “Hertz” (a measurement of waves per second) within a broad spectrum of varying frequencies. Each frequency has a job and a purpose, and this occurs as millions of neurons are simultaneously firing at specific speeds, durations and points in time (in milliseconds).
The manner in which our brains create and utilize brain waves is enormously complex; and when in perfect working order it is a system of awe-inspiring proportions! However, it takes very little to throw things off, and one’s emotional and psychological health can do a complete turnaround when certain waves no longer function as they should. There are many wave types, each of which carries specific purpose, and the level of inter-dependency between wavelengths is such that, it can take very little to throw off a healthy mind and ultimately create a state of havoc…
Neuro-Feedback Training for Addiction & Mental Health Treatment
Neurofeedback training is essentially a workout for the brain. Each of our brains has specific strengths and weaknesses. Neurofeedback treatment aids in identifying areas of the brain that may need strengthening. Using sensors that measure your brainwaves and provide real-time, instantaneous audio and visual feedback about your brainwave activity, you can train your brain to achieve the desired result. There is no electricity going into the brain or the body at any time during sessions. Brainwaves are measured on the surface of the skin similar to how a doctor monitors your heart using a stethoscope.
Neurofeedback therapy has shown great success in many areas of treatment including:
- Learning disabilities
- Substance abuse and other addictions
- Clinical Depression
- Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder
- PTSD and other trauma types
- Eating disorder and process addictions
- Autistic Spectrum
- Sleep disorders and Insomnia
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- And many others…
How Does it Work
Ordinarily, we cannot influence our brainwave patterns because we lack awareness of them. However, when you can monitor your own unique brainwaves, it gives you the ability to change them. Through conditioning, we are training the brain to act more like we would like it to, essentially performing physical therapy or exercise on the brain. For example, if we want our brain to reduce our anxiety and function more calmly, we can train it to relax. On the other hand, if we would like to improve our focus, we can practice training our brain to remain attentive. At first, the results that we see will be short-lived, but as the number of completed sessions grows, these gains will gradually become enduring. With continued Neurofeedback, coaching, and practice, we can retrain healthier brainwave patterns in most people.