Neurofeedback is a scientifically proven technique to train the brain to higher functioning. It harnesses the brain’s natural capacity for change (i.e. neuroplasticity) to train your mind towards peak performance. Neurofeedback is non-invasive and provides a good alternative to drug therapy for numerous challenges:
- Learning Disorders (dyslexia, reading disorder, etc..)
- Poor concentration/lack of focus
- Trauma (Injury, Stroke, Concussion)
- Memory Loss
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep Disorders
- Sports Peak Performance
How does it work?
Your brain consists of millions of cells that are sending messages to each other back and forth. This communication can be measured in frequencies, or brainwaves. We use specialized QEEG equipment to measure this neuronal activity in the brain. A QEEG recording allows us to analyze and see the frequency, power, and connectivity throughout the surface of your brain and in deeper structures like the limbic system (which is involved in emotional regulation). We compare your EEG to a normative database matched for age and gender to highlight areas of improvement.
Using the information gathered from your brain map, a specialized protocol is made to help balance your brain functionality. An EEG cap is placed on your head with small sensors that read your brain activity in real time. Nothing is ever introduced into your body. Our software compares your brainwaves coming in to that of optimal brainwaves specified in your protocol. Any time your brain activity gravitates towards the normal range, it triggers the movie, music, or game to play. This acts as a reward for your brain, by refocusing its activity back into the normal range in order to get the reward. This positive operant conditioning repeats hundreds of times throughout the session and trains your brain to self-regulate in the normal range of healthy activity.
Sessions last about 45 min, with about 25 minutes of actual training time. The number of sessions required will vary based on the severity of and the condition itself, but most take between 20-40 sessions for optimal results. Improvement can typically be seen after the first 10 sessions.
The ability to strengthen cognitive weakness has been life-changing for a significant number of our clients. Many have seen benefits that have translated to all aspects of their life.
Please contact us for more information to
see if Neurofeedback is a good fit for you.
Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
Palo Alto Office
366 S. California Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
1900 Powell St. Suite 600
Emeryville, CA 94608