Understanding Neurofeedback

Imagine trying to ride a bike on a sandy beach…

Our goal at the Brain Collective is to steer you back onto the path to help you enjoy the ride of life. We use neurofeedback to ameliorate difficult and negative symptoms and promote optimal brain function to make you healthier, happier and more energetic.

 

Using Neuroplasticity to our advantage

The brain is an amazingly dynamic organ. Just as we improve our bodies with physical exercise, it’s possible to effectively regulate and improve brain function with neurofeedback training.

When we acquire a new skill or knowledge we develop and strengthen neural connections in our brain – a delightful phenomenon called neuroplasticity. However, neuroplasticity also allows us to establish connections with a negative impact. This happens as a consequence of life events or developmental issues.

Our job is to train or retrain your brain to regulate itself and become more resilient.

The Geography of our Brain

Healthy brain functioning is obviously vital in life as our brain governs the rest of us. Different parts of our brain deal with different functions and each part interacts with every other part.

Some parts regulate emotion, some focus attention, some keep us calm while others manage sleep.

Your brain functions efficiently as a whole because it’s organised in Networks. Like the London Underground, there are major hubs with defined connections between them.

When different parts of the brain and networks between them are working optimally, we are calm, collected, productive, focused, emotionally balanced and well rested.

How our Brain Works

All physiological and psychological activity in our brain can be measured in terms of electrical frequencies. Our brain operates over a wide range of frequencies and each frequency band is associated with a different physiological or arousal state.

To function properly, the brain needs to have the flexibility to move between the different frequencies and activate and deactivate different brain networks and connections. It does this to suit the task at hand be it to go to sleep, to sit quietly and calmly or to have laser focused concentration.

It also needs to be stable enough to stay in the appropriate frequency or activated network when needed.

Neurofeedback trains different areas of our brain to self-regulate towards optimum frequencies and network function, for our age and stage of development.

Medical diagnoses are not very helpful in understanding how best to train an individual. Although some conditions have distinct brain map profiles, we don’t confirm or refute a previously given medical diagnosis. A client’s symptoms and how they impact life is a much more valuable guide to which part of the brain requires training to resolve problematic symptoms and regulate function.

Training in Practice

Neurofeedback is computer-supported method for behavioural therapy. The brain is presented its own activity, in real-time, by means of visual, auditory and tactile feedback. Through these signals, the brain improves regulation over time. It does this by efficiently shifting arousal levels, and learning how to sustain positive states (calm attention or pleasant relaxation) as needed.

With neurofeedback we are enhancing awareness of internal states by allowing the brain to witness its own EEG activity. This promotes self-regulation, supporting better function. We are not diagnosing or treating disorders. We are not correcting brainwave patterns. Our nervous systems strive to keep us alive and functioning optimally, but we often get stuck in dysfunctional modes of behaviour. Our goal is to allow the nervous system to calm down and reset itself onto a better path.

Practitioners monitor your brain’s activity using non-invasive sensors attached to your head with sticky paste. The sensors are connected to a computer neurofeedback training programme. Using visual, auditory and tactile feedback, the brain moves towards a place of self-regulation.

This happens subconsciously because our brains are naturally fascinated by the process of improvement and regulation.

The brain likes to be in this new place of calm, relaxed and focused attention and over time with repeated training it will learn to stay in this place of optimal function with greater flexibility, stability and resilience.

This is when we start to see wonderful differences in our emotions, behaviour, learning, memory, attention, moods, sleep patterns, migraines, and more…

Sometimes it takes a while for the brain to learn new patterns but once learned it remembers them – much like riding a bike!

To learn more about our process explore Your Journey with Us or call us for a quick chat!

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