HOW WE CAN APPLY NEUROFEEDBACK
We can train from 2 to 19 electrodes that are non-invasive to the individual’s scalp using a 10-20 measurement system. Through the qEEG electrodes, the signal of the brain wave activity goes through to our computer where we are able to see your brainwave activity in real-time. You will begin to hear sounds; these sounds are played back to you in real-time, this self-reflection supports the brain to bring itself to a deeply relaxed state. From this state, the brain tends to recognize its own rhythms, on its own terms, and stronger pathways – connections begin to form.
NEUROFEEDBACK SIDE EFFECTS
Neurofeedback is the brain equivalent of physical exercise, and the most common side effect of physical exercise is that you get tired. As with physical training, tiredness is the most commonly reported side effect after a session and improved sleep patterns are the most usual improvement.
Brain training is in many ways similar to physical training, the brain expresses the side effects of training differently than the body does. The fatigue feels much like the mental tiring after learning a complex mental skill, or the exhaustion felt after speaking a non-fluent language.
Because Neurofeedback is essentially structured exercises for your brain, the term “side effect” isn’t applicable in the same sense as for medications. Unlike medication, nothing is put into the body or brain.
Those with more serious emotional conditions or trauma occasionally report an increase of old familiar feelings before the difficulty passes away and the issue fades out for good. It’s a bit like going to the gym and feeling that old injury acting up, revealing what’s beneath. People often report vivid dreams as the mind settles into a more balanced position.
Head trauma: If you have had a physical brain injury or head trauma, you will likely be more sensitive to neurofeedback training. You might experience nausea, dizziness, and light sensitivity as you “re-regulate” your brain function. This is part of the process.
The changes usually take place quite seamlessly. Based on your intake forms and your brain map, we generally have a good idea of what of these side effects, if any, you might experience.
Our technicians stay in the room with you as we monitor your brain activity during your neurofeedback sessions, so we can see if your brain is getting tired or overworked and we can adjust your training accordingly.