Imagine that you are driving on an adventure at sunset and Google Maps and it is telling you to go down a dirt road which doesn’t seem like it is taking you in the correct direction. There is a paved road beside you but you can’t figure out how to get on it. Neurofeedback connects you to that road so that you can continue on your journey…
When you have difficulties from sleep issues, mental health diagnoses, pain, etc it means something is not working properly in the brain. The electrical signal that connects neurons (pathways) to all areas of the brain is stopping somewhere when it shouldn’t be. Your brain may be stuck in over-activation mode for disorders such as anxiety, or under-activation for disorders such as depression. When neurons are not connecting the brain doesn’t function well. Neurofeedback reconnects pathways or rebuilds pathways so that your brain and you can function better. Better function will happen automatically, the brain corrects itself, and your brain will respond the way it should have been responding all along, before the dysfunction began.
Your brain is your command center and the most complex matter in the universe! It controls your thoughts, emotions, cognition, attention, hope, logic, learning, organs, hormones, metabolism, movement . . . Okay, everything in your body.
It is time for a brain re-boot!
Who can benefit from neurofeedback?
Most people can benefit from neurofeedback. Even if you don’t have a diagnosis or symptoms, we can do a brain boost for any age.
Neurofeedback is not a cure but may reduce your symptoms with many disorders by simply enabling your brain to work more efficiently. If you want to improve the functioning of your brain or if you have symptoms interfering with your life, neurofeedback may help.
Many professional sports teams have their own neurofeedback provider. Neurofeedback is offered in some hospitals, treatment centers, and in schools. In some states, neurofeedback may be provided before prescription stimulants are prescribed.
How old do you have to be to benefit from neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback works with most ages because it is your brain doing the work. Neurofeedback has been conducted successfully on children from weeks old to the elderly population.
How does neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, is a reputable and scientifically-proven technique practiced by specially-trained psychotherapists. It provides the brain with the proper feedback to enable neuroplasticity, the brain’s natural ability to correct itself.
Your brain will do what it does every second of your life, receiving input from your senses and correlating this information to what your brain and body are doing. Your brain’s default mode is to correct itself, but it needs feedback to do this so that it can communicate information to other areas of the brain.
You receive neurofeedback every second of your life. You can walk across a room and maintain balance, stay erect, put one foot in front of the other, know where the floor is, not run into things—and do all of this without thinking about it and before the decision is made conscious.
Essentially, the brain does all this by correlating what it is doing to what the feedback is. If it receives positive feedback, it reinforces the neurons that caused the response. Once you learn how to walk, you don’t consciously decide where to put each foot, how and when to transfer weight from one leg to the other – you just walk.
Another example is when a toddler is learning to walk, but falls, the brain receives the negative feedback (hitting the floor), which makes the brain recalibrate. The brain will begin to communicate with other neurons based on the feedback it receives. As the brain learns which neurons result in positive feedback (walking), then those particular neurons keep communicating with each other. These neurons will start to wire together, which we describe as pathways. This is why we describe the neurofeedback process as training the brain. It is a process for the brain to figure out which neurons produce the best results and then a process of using the same neurons before the paths are wired together.
The brain receives billions of stimuli from your senses, and the brain has its ability to make correlations between what it senses (the input) and what it is doing (the output, or messages it sends to your muscles, organs, etc.). The brain has over 100 billion neurons and 800 trillion constantly changing connections through chemical and electrical (potential) activity. This communication produces electricity, called brainwaves, which relay information to different parts of our brains. Neurofeedback trains the brain to work more efficiently by enabling the neurons to communicate with other areas of the brain.
Neurofeedback alleviates and relieves symptoms, non-invasively and drug-free, with many mental and physical health conditions. It is powerful and effective.
Your brain’s default mode is to work as efficiently as it can, but emotional or physical trauma, injury, poor diet, lack of and too much sleep, etc. can dysregulate your brain and change the brain’s structure and function. When this happens, the brain processes inaccurate information and the brain builds unhealthy pathways. The dysregulated brain will keep going back to the same unhealthy pathways to work as efficiently as it because the brain does not know that it needs to be corrected. The pathway is broken, so to speak, and is not communicating with the other areas of the brain.
Neurofeedback is showing the brain what it is doing and provides the brain with the proper feedback so that the brain will use other neurons to communicate with other areas of the brain. It then rebuilds healthy neuropathways for better communication.
During your assessment, we discuss symptoms that you want to improve (sorry – can’t make you taller…). I assess what areas of the brain are producing your symptoms.
I then place four sensors (mini microphones) on your head to listen and monitor your brainwave activity while you watch a movie or play a video game in a comfortable (reclining) chair.
The activity measured by the sensors provides feedback to the brain by changing the screen that you are watching, increasing or decreasing the sound, movie flickering on the screen (it looks like a glitch with a DVD), or with a stuffed dog vibrating. This feedback provides visual, auditory, and tactile feedback.
And that’s it! Your brain will correlate that it is causing the negative feedback on the screen, know what part of the brain it is, and will begin to connect other neurons. By receiving this feedback, your brain will increase the activity in that part of the brain to improve the feedback on the screen. The feedback is simply showing the brain what it is doing.
Just like learning a new task, your brain will continue to try different neurons until it receives positive feedback, and this builds a new pathway.
Your appointment is about an hour; actual neurofeedback is 20-30 minutes. It is that easy for you.
It is time for you to take back control of your life, call today so that I can sit down with you and explain how I may help you be better.
Some conditions neurofeedback may be helpful for include:
- ADHD / ADD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
- Chronic Fatigue
- Eating disorders
- Emotional dysregulation
- Mental health issues
- Mood disorders
- Peak brain or sports performance
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Call today, (507) 581-8015, and schedule a free consultation on how neurofeedback may help you be who you really are.
Who we are
Intellect LLC is a mental health services clinic. We provide neurofeedback services for individuals who suffer from mental health issues such as addictions, anger, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, chronic fatigue, depression, eating disorders, emotional dysregulation, migraines, mood disorders, pain, peak brain or sports performance, stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Tourette’s syndrome/tic disorder, or other mental health issues. We service individuals in Northfield, Minnesota and the surrounding south of the river communities from Burnsville to Owatonna, Belle Plain to Red Wing, including Cannon Falls, Faribault, Dundas, Farmington, Lakeville, Elko New Market, and more.