What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback (NFB) monitors the brain wave activity and allows the brain to auto correct itself. It does not add electrical input to the brain, but measures activity from the brain as a microphone would. While you are watching a movie or playing a game, the NFB software displays the feedback on the screen in the form of a white or black fog, or by changing the screen size. Your own brain will do the rest.
NFB occurs every second of our lives such as, when a toddler learns to walk but falls down, (hitting the floor is the negative feedback) sends feedback to the brain. The toddler's motivation to walk and the brain's grasping what works (walking a few steps) and what does not work (imbalance-fell down) builds pathways that the brain will continue to use and build upon. Learning to ride a bicycle is more than learning balance, coordination and motor skills. The brain processes calculations without us having to think about it.
The NFB field does not require licensure to demonstrate competence, education, or training, but our system does. Headaches and negative side effects can happen, and if the NFB practitioner understands the system and how the brain works, they should adjust the system during the next session, and the side effects should go away.
There are many different systems, equipment, and practitioner training required to conduct NFB. eegExcellence utilizes Cygnet equipment and the Othmer Method from EEG Info. It is the world's leader with the state of the art system in neurofeedback for therapeutic applications. Other systems use the same protocols for everyone, and train your brainwaves by comparing brainwaves to a 20 year old database of other people's brains. There is no "normal brain". We do not normalize or average brainwaves, our system individualizes our protocol to your symptoms. eegExcellence wants to optimize your brain to reach its peak performance. The Othmer method is the only system that we know of that provides ongoing support for practitioners through blogs with practitions throughout the world and phone calls with the scientists who developed the system. This ongoing support and worldwide collaboration is important to produce the best individualized outcome.