Our cognitive activity is inextricably linked with our physical health and well-being. Chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical or heavy metal toxins, and head trauma are examples of injuries or disorders that can compromise brain functioning.
If you have experienced trauma to the brain either through injury or illness, you may benefit from EEG biofeedback. A physician near you who treats chronic fatigue and other conditions can tell you about its benefits and answer your questions.
What is EEG Biofeedback?
Electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback, also known as neurotherapy, neurofeedback training, or brain wave therapy, is a non-invasive, sophisticated, computerized process for training the brain to self-regulate and normalize its brainwave activity after injury.
When the brain is injured, its electrical impulses form disorganized brain wave patterns that may disrupt thinking, emotions, behavior, and body functioning. EEG Biofeedback can retrain those brain waves to form organized patterns of activity that help restore those functions.
EEG Biofeedback is painless and involves a few steps. First, your provider places non-invasive sensors on designated areas of your scalp. These sensors pick up the brain’s electrical impulses, feed them into an EEG machine, and simultaneously display them on a computer screen for you to view.
Your provider then goes over the brainwave signals with you. They help you interpret them so that you can anticipate which emotions, behaviors, and thoughts trigger specific brain responses.
After analysis of these brain waves, your provider teaches you how to use auditory and visual feedback to change their brain wave patterns. Through this feedback, your brain learns to repeat the desired brain wave patterns. As your brain wave patterns improve, you will likely see better functioning in attention, concentration, speech, memory, problem-solving, planning and organization, emotions, endurance, energy, emotions, and even motor skills.
Uses of EEG Biofeedback
Research demonstrates that EEG biofeedback can be effective for many brain disorders, such as
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Open or closed head injury
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Substance use disorder
EEG Biofeedback is safe for most patients and has virtually no side effects. However, you may want to explore other treatment options if you have a heart rhythm disorder. Blatman Health and Wellness Center can answer your questions and help you decide if you are a good candidate for EEG Biofeedback.