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What is Neurofeedback and How Can it Build a Better Brain?

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Neurofeedback, often known as EEG biofeedback or Neurotherapy, is a proven, evidence-based technique for “balancing” the brain and increasing how the mind works through intensive brain training activities that uses advanced computer technology.

Neurofeedback uses electrical brain recordings (EEG brain waves) to take you through a process of brain self-regulation. In the most basic terms, it uses the brain’s natural learning ability to rehabilitate and retrain your mind.

Despite the fact that neurofeedback can induce long-term changes in the brain, it is a straightforward, non-invasive, relaxing process that is suitable for all ages. Nearly any brain can benefit from neurofeedback training, but it works best when it is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. And, it should only be performed by qualified practitioners with deep experience treating your condition.

All neurofeedback treatment at APEX Brain Centers is supervised by our board-certified doctors with decades of experience treating patients with advanced brain conditions.

Treated Conditions

Objective research shows neurofeedback can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

Peak Performance Training

Peak performers in various fields have long relied on neurofeedback training to help improve brain function. Athletes, CEOs, artists, and musicians are just some of the many types of people who have used neurofeedback to help them improve brain function. It is a valuable tool that can help improve cognitive function, focus, and concentration while alleviating anxiety, stress, and other challenges that can impede peak performance.

Neurofeedback at APEX Brain Centers

Neurofeedback therapy is an integral part of our intensive brain rehabilitation and training programs at APEX Brain Centers. Our neurofeedback protocols take place in a clinical setting, supervised by board-certified chiropractic neurologists. These doctors have extensive training and certifications in advanced neurofeedback therapy.

While many providers offer neurofeedback, not all treatment is equal. At APEX Brain Centers, we specialize in administering neurofeedback combined with other brain rehabilitation and training methods, diagnostic testing, and metabolic and nutritional interventions.

The APEX Approach

Neurofeedback therapy is an integral part of our Intensive Brain Rehabilitation and Training Program at APEX Brain Centers. What sets us apart from other providers includes:

  • A comprehensive, individualized approach to neurofeedback treatment that includes a complete brain map and analysis and an individualized, integrative treatment plan
  • The use of quantitative cutting-edge qEEG and neurofeedback technology and an FDA-approved BrainMaster to guide eeg biofeedback treatment and evaluate and measure improvement in brain activity and cognitive performance
  • The frequency of neurofeedback treatments. A typical APEX patient will receive fifteen neurofeedback sessions per week, whereas many providers deliver the same number of training sessions over 5 – 30 weeks or more. We’ve learned from hundreds of patients that high-frequency intervention is the key to improved cognitive function.
  • We use MicroTesla, a form of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) used in conjunction with neurofeedback training to improve cognitive function. rTMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to enhance communication and reduce symptoms.
  • Integration of neurofeedback training with many other brain rehabilitation and training methods, diagnostic testing, and metabolic/nutritional interventions

Neurofeedback is performed in conjunction with various brain-based training techniques, including vestibular and oculomotor training and interactive metronome, cognitive and executive function training, oxygen therapy, musculoskeletal treatment, brain games, nutritional counseling, and more.

Every aspect of brain rehabilitation and training at APEX is guided by testing methods specifically relevant to the areas of the brain and physical functions being trained.

Neurofeedback Frequently Asked Questions

What is qEEG?

The electrical activity of the brain, also known as quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG), is visualized in a way that allows us to see how the brain is functioning. Neurofeedback uses this information to help guide a person through a process of self-regulation or training the brain to work more efficiently.

QEEG, often known as “brain mapping,” is a type of exam that examines electrical brain activity. In layman’s terms, it is a way of looking at how the brain is functioning.

QEEG data provide two primary sources of information. The first is called “neurotypical” data, and it provides a baseline of healthy brain activity. The second is “individual” data, which is specific to the individual being examined and provides information about how that person’s brain functions compared to the neurotypical data.

Both of these sources of information are important in neurofeedback training. The neurotypical data allows us to see what healthy brain activity looks like, and the individual data will enable us to see how the brain is functioning in comparison.

What are brain waves?

Brain waves are electrical impulses or vibrations generated by the brain. They occur within the brain and make up the core of our mental communication. Brain waves are electrical patterns in the brain that control different functions, such as attention and memory. Fast brain waves are generally linked to focus, thinking, and awareness, while slow brain waves are connected to relaxation, meditation, and deep sleep.

Is neurofeedback safe?

Neurofeedback is a safer treatment because it does not involve any invasive procedures. Fortunately, the majority of the time, technology does all of the work. All you have to do is sit back and watch a film or video. The Neurofeedback equipment monitors your brain waves in real-time and sends feedback to the computer so that it can make the necessary changes.

Are there any side-effects?

Side effects are quite uncommon and usually brief, if any at all. If problems do occur, they are usually mild and go away after 24 hours or so. The most frequent side effects include tiredness, drowsiness, headaches, or anxiety. Only 1-3% of people with ADD/ADHD reported side effects in a study that examined individuals who had the disorder, according to 2%, compared to other research.

How can neurofeedback benefit you?

The human brain consists of two hemispheres. These two halves communicate via electrical impulses, or brain waves, which account for your capacity to perform every task you need. Your brain waves determine how you feel, whether you sleep well, and how organized you feel. The slower the brain wave frequency is, the more nervous you feel.

Neurofeedback helps to retrain the brain by providing auditory, visual or tactile feedback that encourages the generation of specific brain wave frequencies. The aim is to help the brain function more efficiently so that you feel better and can cope with life’s challenges more effectively.

Who administers neurofeedback therapy?

For most conditions, it’s usually a qualified mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker.

However, a board-certified functional neurologist should only administer therapy for severe brain conditions. Other practitioners may not have the necessary training or experience to properly administer treatment, resulting in ineffective treatment or even worsening a condition.

Neurofeedback is a complex treatment that requires knowledge of neuroscience and psychology, so it’s essential to make sure you see a qualified practitioner.

What does treatment involve?

Treatment usually involves 20-40 sessions for most conditions, each lasting 30-60 minutes. Sessions are typically 2-3 times per week. The number of sessions and frequency will depend on the individual’s needs and goals.

However, treatment for advanced brain rehabilitation usually requires 15 or more treatments per week for 1 to 4 weeks. This intensive approach is necessary to retrain the brain and help it function more efficiently.

Is EEG neurofeedback is the same thing ?

Yes. Neurofeedback is also know as EEG neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback.

Can neurofeedback treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Several studies have shown that neurofeedback can effectively treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at any age. It is particularly effective in treating the symptoms of ADHD, such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention.

Does neurofeedback therapy work?

Neurofeedback is beneficial for various issues, with success rates ranging from 70 to 80 percent. In addition, clinical studies show that neurofeedback can improve symptoms of ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and even chronic pain.

Is neurofeedback evidence-based?

Many studies have shown that neurofeedback can improve cognitive function, such as memory, attention, and focus. A study published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment found that neurofeedback can improve symptoms of ADHD in adults. The study found that adults who underwent neurofeedback therapy reduced symptoms, including impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention.

A study published in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical found that neurofeedback can improve symptoms of depression. In addition, patients who underwent neurofeedback therapy had a significant reduction in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.

 A study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that neurofeedback can improve symptoms of sleep disorders. In addition, patients who underwent neurofeedback therapy experienced significant improvement in sleep quality, including less wakefulness during the night and improved sleep efficiency.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of will vary depending on the practitioner and the number of sessions required. However, a typical session may cost anywhere from $50 to $200. At APEX Brain Centers, neurofeedback is generally included in the cost of our Intensive Brain Rehabilitation and Training Programs.

Does insurance cover neurofeedback?

No, so it’s essential to check with your provider to see if they offer any discounts or payment plans.

Dr. Michael S. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Neurofeedback Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the practice of advanced functional neurology. He is one of the most highly sought-after brain rehabilitation specialists because of the life-changing outcomes his patients consistently experience. After over a decade in private practice and working alongside other pioneers in the field, Dr. Trayford developed his multimodal intensive brain training and rehabilitation program built around the science of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon the stimulation it receives from its environment. He later founded APEX Brain Centers to combine his ground-breaking rehabilitation approach with a unique patient and caretaker-centered care model. Under Dr. Trayford’s leadership, APEX Brain Centers has successfully treated thousands of patients and earned the reputation of a world-renowned brain training and rehabilitation practice. Since its inception, Dr. Trayford has been a leader of the Brain Training revolution treating patients worldwide. In addition, he is a published journal contributor and international lecturer. His experience with various patients of all ages and neurological conditions has given him a unique perspective on brain health and human performance. He is also well-versed in collaborating with other health care professionals, making him an invaluable asset to any care team. Dr. Trayford was awarded the Functional Neurologist of the Year distinction by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, where he is a proud member and conference lecturer. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dementia Society of America and the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research. He is also a servant leader who has dedicated his adult life to serving multiple communities through Rotary International and other notable causes. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Trayford usually reads or researches anything related to the brain, human performance, and leadership. He also loves spending time outdoors with his wife Denise, their two daughters, and dogs in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeltrayford/

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