What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is an innovative approach to personal change. Neurofeedback is not talking through problems or learning skills that you have to remember to use in real situations. Neurofeedback has nothing to do with putting any medications in your body to try to fix ‘something.'
Advancements in neuroscience show significant evidence of neuroplasticity or the simple idea that the brain continuously changes its function based on new learning. This is exactly what Neurofeedback is designed around. Neurofeedback involves a learning task that enhances the functioning of the prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is considered the brain's executive. It helps to inhibit our responses and regulate our overall system. It is also the area that helps us feel capable, makes us aware of ourselves, helps us to balance reason with emotion.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback- a process of providing a person with their own biological data to gain greater control over involuntary biological functions.
Dr. Tyrrell Baker and her team are trained in the pIR HEG method of Neurofeedback. The method is non-invasive, there are no electrodes and nothing is being done to the brain. The method involves completing learning task while watching a movie on a laptop. A simple headband measures heat from your forehead (prefrontal area). The program provides feedback to you on when heat is increasing or decreasing in this area of the brain. Through this feedback, the brain learns and changes in function. Brain activity in the prefrontal area increases and activity in the emotional center of the brain (limbic system) decreases.
Clients generally report that they find the task user-friendly and interesting to experience. It takes approximately 5 training sessions to begin to see its effects.