What is Neurofeedback or Computerized Brain Training (CBT)?
Neurofeedback, or Brain Training, is a concentrated way of training the brain. It uses sound and visual signals to train the brain to think more productively and independently. When this happens, functions like memory and balance are improved.
Neurofeedback is an old technology that has been used by NASA to reduce the threshold of seizures by astronauts. There are different parts of the brain with activity that is increased and decreased, depending upon the symptoms that the person has. Some common cognitive problems that are effectively treated are ADD, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD or emotional/developmental trauma, depressions, sleep, working memory and memory problems.
To read more about Neurofeedback, visit International Society for Neurofeedback & Research and The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Inc.
Brain Training at Performance Health
Mrs. Veronica Seberger, RN, BSN, BCN works with advanced technology to train clients who are seeking to improve their brain performance. The focus of the practice started after James and Veronica’s then-seven year old son showed signs of ADD/ADHD. They knew that there was an organic alternative to treating him, did their own research and learned about Brain Training. As Veronica says, “I remember my son looking in my eyes and trusting me to help him improve his memory, attention and focus and to become less frustrated.” He was their first client and his success and other clients’ successes serve as an ongoing inspiration to them.
Using advanced technology, during Brain Training we are able “to see” where in the brain people are anxious, depressed, asleep, or too awake. These images correlate with illnesses more commonly known as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD and even high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Using sensitive electronic recording devices, those areas which are too active, or not active enough can be identified. The amount of anxiety that a person has can be literally measured, and Brain Training can help treat it. By using sound and images to reward those high activity areas when they are less active, the brain activity is brought into more normal ranges which leads to a reduction in troublesome symptoms.
The technology used in Brain Training helps the client learn to shift gears as opposed to feeling “stuck”. The client is not feeling anxious or daydreaming when he or she should feel alert and present. Brain Training brings a sense of calmness, and the client feels more in control and less vulnerable to his or her environment. Thus, it can be very effective at treating memories of trauma. Specific treatments for ADD/ADHD, or depression, can have a global effect of improving other areas of the brain’s function, such as memory and cognitive flexibility. Brain Training techniques are used by Olympic teams and elite athletes to improve their performance.
At Cognitive Performance & Health, we believe in family and wellness over the long term. We provide our advanced services in a welcoming and calming environment.
Above, Linda Ciampa tells us how some patients with severe anxiety or ADHD are using neurofeedback instead of medications to change their brainwaves and help their conditions.