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Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, also known as neurotherapy or EEG biofeedback, is an effective method of treatment where a client learns to change his / her own brainwave patterns through a process of auditory feedback. The latest computer technology is used to give real time information in order to assist a client to increase or decrease the force of specific frequencies, or speeds, of brainwave frequencies that are causing negative symptoms.

This intervention can help to improve:

  • Sleep regulation
  • Concentration and academic performance
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Overall functioning
  • Stress
  • Difficulties with learning
  • TBI
  • Obsessive and compulsive behaviour
A few electrodes are placed on the scalp to record brainwave activity produced in those areas of the brain. That information is then converted into game-like displays and the client learns how to control the characters on the screen that represent those brainwave frequencies, and therefore learn to better regulate the frequencies that are causing the symptoms. After a period of time, the brain learns these new patterns and self-regulates outside of the neurofeedback session. In order to accurately devise a personalised treatment plan, a QEEG and routine EEG are usually done prior to beginning the process.

A comprehensive bibliography of the research can be found here
For further information about neurofeedback, please visit Biofeedback Association of South Africa and ISNR