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What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback uses an EEG headset to read the brain’s electro-magnetic signals. It can read where those signals are, if they are over or under active, and it can determine how well the brain communicates with itself. In therapy, neurofeedback provides real-time, reward-based feedback on brain activity to train the brain to perform within healthier norms.

The electro-magnetic signals your brain produces to help you through your day can be broken down into 5 distinct frequencies, Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. If any combination of these frequencies is over or under active, they can cause a large variety of neurological and mental conditions.

Delta (0.5-4hz)

Delta is responsible for deep sleep. If there is too much Delta when you are awake, it will likely cause symptoms such as fatigue, depression, poor memory, and brain fog. Too much or little Delta will also cause sleep problems such as insomnia.

Theta (4-7hz)

Theta is responsible for REM sleep and deep meditation. An imbalance of Theta is linked to symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, anxiety, hyperactivity, or fatigue.

Alpha (7.5-12.5hz)

Alpha is responsible for wakeful and relaxed states. It is arguably the most used and most important frequency the brain has. Too little Alpha is commonly linked with overthinking, hyperactivity, anxiety, chronic pain, fatigue, and tinnitus.

Beta (12.5-30hz)

Beta is responsible for focus. In the high range of Beta, there is also HiBeta, which is responsible for stressful situations. Beta is most useful for activities such as studying or work, but too much of it is linked to hyperactivity, inattention, anxiety, pain, and stress.

Gamma (25 - 100hz)

Gamma is responsible for stress and fight-or-flight situations. It is good for confrontations and reacting to dangerous situations but too much during periods of calm can clearly be linked to anxiety, pain, and difficulty relaxing.

FAQ

Got a Question?

No. Neurofeedback provides rewards for already existing brain behaviours, therefore it cannot change anything about who a person is.

Once we have gone over your history, you will only have to sit for 20 minutes with the EEG cap on and that will collect all the data we need.

Yes! There are no side-effects, or long-term risks to neurofeedback. You will likely feel fatigued after therapy from your brain working hard, but it should pass by the end of the day.

Yes. Once your brain has learned what it needs to do, it will retain that pattern even after treatments have ended. However, depending how long the brain has held the unhealthy pattern, it may take time to learn a different one.

That depends! Neurofeedback has been shown to help a wide variety of conditions. To find out if it’s right for you, and before you commit your hard earned time and money, we always recommend starting with an initial assessment.  That way we can determine whether neurofeedback is going to be a good fit for your needs.

When we reach 5 sessions, we check in and see where you are at. If nothing has changed, we will retest early. This allows us to see if we are on the right path, or if something underlying has gotten a chance to surface. You are never stuck on a treatment path, and you can quit at any time, but we keep on top of your care so you can get what you need, when you need it.

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