Neurofeedback is a specialty field within biofeedback, which devotes itself to training control over electro-chemical processes in the human brain. Neurofeedback uses a feedback electroencephalogram (EEG) to show the trainee current electrical patterns in his or her cortex. Many neurological and medical disorders are accompanied by abnormal patterns of cortical activity.
Neurofeedback assessment uses a baseline EEG, and sometimes a multi-site quantitative EEG (QEEG), to identify abnormal patterns.
Neurofeedback practice is growing rapidly, with the widest acceptance for applications to
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism
- Brain injuries,
- Chronic Pain
- Learning disabilities
- Obsessive Worry and Trauma
- PMS Symptoms
- Seizures and Panic Attacks
- Sleep Disorders
- Substance abuse and Addiction
Biofeedback and neurofeedback are ideal approaches for those individuals seeking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. They also provide the kind of evidence-based practice, where it emphasizes training individuals to self-regulate, gain awareness, increase control over their bodies, brains, and nervous systems, and improve flexibility in physiologic responding. The positive effects of feedback training enhance health, learning and performance