It is well known in Neuroscience that abnormal brainwave patterns reflected in the QEEG are associated with a range of cognitive difficulties, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and psychiatric disorders. Neurotherapy, also called Neurofeedback, is a biofeedback technique that enables individuals to normalise their brain’s electrical activity and improve symptoms, in a similar way that exercising increases physical fitness.
During typical training, one or two sensors are placed on the head and each ear lobe, which are connected to a high-tech EEG device which measures the brain electrical activity, much like a physician listens to someone’s heart from the surface of the chest. The electronic equipment provides real-time (instantaneous) audio and visual feedback about brainwave activity. No electrical current is put into the brain. The brainwave patterns are recorded, relayed to the computer and instantly analysed and represented as graphs.
There are currently in excess of 20,000 clinicians worldwide using Neurotherapy for permanent remediation of around 80% of ADHD cases and many other mental disorders, without the use of drugs. The work of psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists and medical practitioners practising Neurotherapy is largely unrecognised in mainstream. This is partly due to the lack of interest from medical and pharmaceutical community.
How does Neurotherapy Work?
Ordinarily, we cannot influence our brainwave patterns because we lack awareness of them. However, when you can see your brainwaves on a computer screen a few thousandths of a second after they occur, it gives you the ability to influence and change them. The mechanism of action is called operant conditioning. We are literally reconditioning and retraining the brain. At first, the changes are short-lived, but the changes gradually become more enduring. With continuing feedback, coaching, and practice, we can usually retrain healthier brainwave patterns in most people. It is a little like exercising or doing physical therapy with the brain, enhancing cognitive flexibility and control. Neurotherapy sessions can be done at the clinic or in your home.
What is Neurotherapy effective for?
- Reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Improving attention and concentration deficits
- Improving memory and learning difficulties
- Increasing processing speed
- Optimising brain function and mood
Neurotherapy strengthens memory, attention, concentration, processing speed and improves learning difficulties and mood. Motivational components are added to improve compliance and facilitate the speed of learning.