What is Neurofeedback Therapy and What are its Benefits?

What is Neurofeedback Therapy and What are its Benefits?

Wanting to have better brain function and manage more of the symptoms brought on by mental health issues? With a revolutionary therapy approach, neurofeedback, people all over the world are beginning to experience these benefits. But, what is neurofeedback therapy, and what are the advantages of using this type of therapy for someone living with mental health issues?

What is Neurofeedback Therapy?

Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that uses brain training and biofeedback simultaneously in order to condition the brain to change certain functions and be able to self-regulate. Thus, allowing for a number of different changes to a patient’s lifestyle including behaviors and reduced mental health symptoms.

The Process: How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Essentially, Neurotherapy begins by hooking a patient up to an electroencephalography device to perform an EEG, which monitors brainwaves. Then, the patient is given visual and auditory cues and the brain waves are recorded for the neuro therapist to review. Finally, feedback allows for the subconscious brain to respond differently to the visual and auditory cues, which allows for a change in how the brain responds to these cues. Therefore, helping the brain to gradually respond differently and self-regulate to various cues on its own, allows for a number of benefits and better brain function altogether.

Overall, neurofeedback therapy helps to identify and regulate brain waves that are either over-responsive or under-responsive. In many cases of mental health issues, symptoms arise due to brain patterns. Brain waves either over-respond or under respond to various cues in people with mental health issues. This is either due to genetics or environmental factors. So, helping the brain to regulate, rather than over or under-stimulation, promotes a better functioning brain. And, a reduction in symptoms of all types of mental health issues.

What are the Benefits of Using This Type of Therapy?

Neurofeedback involves measuring brainwaves and conditioning to respond differently so they do so even after therapy sessions conclude. Thus, the results of this therapy are long-lasting. So, it’s a great technique to use for individuals looking for long-lasting changes to the way their mental health issues impact their lives.

Some of the benefits of choosing neurofeedback therapy to help with the symptoms of mental health conditions include:

Better Brain Function: With self-regulation brought on by this type of therapy, the brain is better prepared to respond to arousal. Therefore, helping patients who use this therapy to better respond both cognitively and behaviorally to various life events.

Eases the Nervous System: Those living with anxiety and high levels of stress can benefit from neurofeedback as it helps to calm the nervous system. When the brain is able to self-regulate, it can better focus on helping to keep the body calm.

Managing ADHD Symptoms: Along with anxiety and stress, ADHD is a condition that may be caused by overstimulation of the brain. So, self-regulation through neurofeedback can help individuals living with ADHD to reduce symptoms of this condition as well.

Neurofeedback at Synchrony Brain Health in Illinois

Dealing with the symptoms of mental health issues can be challenging. And, taking medications and using different types of therapy may not work for everyone. Are you ready to approach your mental health symptoms from where they begin, the brain? If so, you may be interested to try neurofeedback therapy. This revolutionary, FDA-approved therapy offers long-lasting and real results for patients living with a number of issues including:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • and more!

Learn more about our outpatient approach to healing the brain on our website and contact us today to speak with us confidentially about how we can help.