Heal & Recover Through Biofeedback
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves and brain activity in real time. Similar to an EEG scan, the treatment also measures the patient’s heart rate. Unlike an EEG scan, neurofeedback therapy rearranges brain signals and balances brainwaves.
This signal rearrangement helps patients learn to regulate their own brain functions to manage unhealthy or counterproductive thinking and behavior patterns. This treatment has been effective in the treatment of several neurological disorders in adults as well as children.
Neurofeedback vs. Neurologics: A Comparison
Neurology is the study of disorders in the central nervous system (CNS), and neurologics is the treatment of those nervous system disorders. Neurological disorders are defined as those that affect the nerves and the brain.
Neurofeedback primarily focuses on directly addressing the symptoms of mental health or substance use disorders. Neurologics or Neuroengineering is more focused on identifying the root cause of specific disorders in the brain and working to remedy the associated neurological and habitual issues.
Neurofeedback is a general treatment for many disorders, whereas Neurologics goes deeper and targets the cause of specific disorders and behaviors. Over the last several decades, field studies have completely changed the understanding of substance use and how it affects the brain. These breakthroughs have paved new ways of thinking about Substance use disorder prevention and treatment.
Abnormalities in brain activity and nerves can result in a wide range of symptoms. From poor coordination, muscle weakness, and pain to confusion, seizures, and altered levels of consciousness, these are all symptoms related to neurological disorders.
Drug and alcohol dependence is a chronic brain disease that comes with a high potential for relapse. Research indicates that recovery is often more difficult for those who also suffer from attention deficits and mental or cognitive impairments. These concerns are found more frequently in those who suffer from substance use disorders.
The cycle of alcohol or substance misuse becomes more severe as the patient remains dependent. The process produces significant changes in brain function that consistently reduce their ability to control any unhealthy habits.
Substances disrupt brain function associated with triggers and habit formation, increase pleasure or reward systems, reduce decision-making functions, and the ability to self-regulate. Without effective treatment, these disruptions can continue even after the substance is no longer being used.
By targeting and disrupting the parts of the brain associated with anxiety, stress, pleasure, reward, and attention or impairment processing, Neurologic practices help to optimize brain function and improve recovery success. Patients are less vulnerable to stress-induced relapse and build a greater level of resilience.
The field of neuroscience is constantly evolving to gain a better understanding of the brain and enhance the human experience. Unlike Neurofeedback, Neuroengineering is able to target and address specific causes of neurological dysfunction using a precise map of each patient’s brain activity.
A qEEG, (Quantitative Electroencephalography) measures electrical brain activity in more detail than other electric scans. This type of scan is able to determine levels of brain activity as well as cognitive function. It accurately detects abnormalities that may have been caused by substance abuse, brain trauma, mood disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders.
This implementation process of both treatments feels similar in that electrodes are placed on the scalp. The patient is then presented with a personalized protocol of exercises designed to optimize brain function. Over time, these functions are sharpened and enhanced, alleviating the symptoms and effects associated with the disorder.
Holistic Treatment at The Heights Treatment
Our outpatient treatment programs focus on evidence-based modalities designed to empower the whole person, from the inside out. We only use industry-leading and effective therapies backed by scientific data and field-relevant studies.
Our behavioral health and addiction treatment center leverages a blend of individual and group therapies to a path for holistic treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Some of our therapies include:
FAQs About Neurofeedback Therapy
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about neurofeedback therapy:
The majority of patients do experience a time of adjustment to the treatment, but in rarer cases, there may be side effects of neurofeedback. The potential of activating any of these effects decreases significantly under the treatment of a skilled field specialist.
Potential side effects include:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Tension or vibrations
Neurofeedback therapy is a safe treatment and is associated with only minimal risks. In addition to the potential side effects above, there is a risk of ineffective treatment administered by an unskilled clinician or if attempted by the patient. In this case, it could be a waste of time and resources.
For most patients, significant progress can be made in as little as 3 to 4 weeks or with 6 to 8 sessions. Others experience the benefits of neurofeedback immediately.
Yes! Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to recognize the connectivity of inquiry to the response. In short, the connection between an impulse, feeling, or thought and the subsequent actions. Neurofeedback encourages the neuroplasticity process to activate desirable behavior changes.
Brainwave patterns, such as alpha waves and theta waves, are the patterns of electric activity in the brain and represent internal brain functions like thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. These patterns reveal the connectivity between function and action.
Brain mapping is a technique in the field of neuroscience that’s based on the depiction of spatial regions of the brain. During brain mapping, the clinician would identify the area of the brain that controls a specific action, such as speech, vision, and movement, for the purpose of measuring activity or before performing a surgical operation.
Yes. Neurotherapy is a nonpharmacological treatment to reduce the effects of physical or emotional conditions without the use of medication for the purpose of improving self-regulation and activating positive behavior change.
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