What is Neurofeedback in a Nutshell.

It all begins with brainwaves. What are brainwaves?

Brainwaves are the sum total of millions of neurons all firing at once. The number of neurons sparking in the brain at a certain frequency (speed) convey information that defines the amplitude (or power). Brainwaves are measured in Hertz (waves per second), and have a spectrum of frequencies. Each frequency spectrum carries a different meaning about emotions, physical movement, concentration, and creative expression. Issues happen when specific frequencies do not fire optimally for a given activity. For example, it is not optimal for beta frequency, the “go” brainwave, to be dominant at night or it causes insomnia. By the same token, delta, the “sleep” brainwave causes daytime drowsiness and insomnia if is too active during the day.

Let us go through a competitive runner’s typical activities and examine dominant brainwaves and their roles:

There is no one particular signature brainwave associated with issues. Sometimes brainwaves are in the normal range, yet there are clear patterns in a person’s life that something is amiss. Furthermore, referring to the example above, just because a hurdle fell does not mean that it was caused by inattentiveness (theta) or negative self-talk (alpha). The brain is a complex system and it is best to get at the root of an issue from clusters of symptoms rather than one isolated event. This is the reason why BrainPaint uses a symptom-based assessment tool to come up with individualized protocols. The runner is well aware whether focus or negative self-talk caused this fallen hurdle, whereas, the root cause may not be revealed in his or her EEG.

Let’s Explore How The Brain Works…

Neurofeedback helps people…

  • Control their anger by helping them to moderate overactivity in the brain.
  • Sleep better and longer without nightmares or constant waking without being able to go back to sleep.
  • Anxiety, PTSD and other psychological issues caused by an overstimulated brain.

When your brain changes, your mind will follow. For example, if a person’s brain is trained to decrease its arousal levels, not only will their anxiety lift, but their whole outlook on life will improve as well.

Just as your brain makes sense of information being fed to it from gravity, it makes sense of the information being conveyed to it by the software. The brain is an organ that processes substantially more information than your mind could handle. Your mind can not even see, hear, smell, taste or consciously feel earth’s gravitational pull, yet your brain is constantly sending neural commands to muscles according to feedback it receives from gravity. Even though your mind wants to understand and even participate in your neurofeedback session, it is your brain that we are training.
No. Absolutely nothing goes into the brain. Sensors are put on the scalp to pick up electrical activity coming from your brain.
Generally people notice improvements within the first 5-8 sessions, but this does not mean that you are finished. To achieve your goals and for longer lasting results 20-30 sessions are recommended.