Want to Know More About Neurofeedback in Victoria, BC ?
What is Neurofeedback?
EEG Neurofeedback (brain optimization) is a type of biofeedback where individuals are trained to improve the functioning of their brain. Neurofeedback integrates clinical expertise with the best available research to address behavioural, cognitive, and subjective functions related to brain activity. It is a safe way to achieve long lasting effects and does not involve medication or surgery. Neurofeedback has its foundation in basic and applied neuroscience and is approved by the American Psychological Association as an evidence-based intervention. Here at Synergy Health Centre we believe that Neurofeedback sessions can greatly benefit our clients in Victoria, BC.
Which Conditions Are Treated With Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback has proven to be an effective intervention for reducing symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and epilepsy. Ongoing research indicates that neurofeedback can also be an effective intervention for insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma and addictions. It is also used to improve quality of life for individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, chronic pain, headaches, and mild traumatic brain injury (concussion). Several other research studies are ongoing.
Neurofeedback is also used to improve optimal performance and is often used among athletes, musicians, and performing artists for peak performance or reduction of performance anxiety. In addition, Neurofeedback has been utilized to enhance learning, and elevate cognitive functioning among the general population. Studies have shown that Neurofeedback can be utilized to enhance academic performance, raise intelligence scores, improve attention in college students and adults, and increase thinking speed and executive control in the elderly.
How Does A Neurofeedback Session Work?
EEG Neurofeedback begins with an EEG assessment, which records the brain’s electrical activity at multiple sites on the surface of the scalp and compares it to a database of healthy individuals the same age as the client. During assessment and training sessions, sensors are placed on the scalp and then connected to a computer and equipment which detects and monitors specific brain wave activity.
Once assessment has been completed, the Practitioner develops a treatment protocol that specifies sites on the scalp and brain wave elements to be trained. Brain activity measured this way is then used to play sound and transmit visual information (often in the form of games) on the monitor. Based on this feedback of sound, visual information, and Practitioner guidance, the client gradually learns to produce changes in their brain patterns and improve their ability to think, feel, function physically, and act in ways that they desire.
How Many Sessions Does It Take To Notice A Change?
Neurofeedback results generally vary with the individual but training may require from ten to forty sessions. Neurofeedback generally involves one session per week or in some cases, two sessions per week. Once brain improvement is noted, sessions are gradually decreased. Most sessions involve twenty to forty-five minutes of clinical neurofeedback activity.
Are there Side Effects?
Neurofeedback training generally produces few, if any, negative side effects and there are few published reports of side effects. Clients usually find neurofeedback to be an interesting and engaging experience that feels good. Some individuals report feeling somewhat fatigued following a treatment session and in this case it may be helpful to schedule your sessions for later in the day, or at a time when you can rest after.
How Much Does Neurofeedback Cost?
$110.00 per session