is a neurofeedback program that essentially trains the brain to maintain a balanced state so it can function optimally for peak physical and cognitive performance. Patients see significant improvement
- sleep quality
- ability to focus
- academic performance
- athletic performance
- residual symptoms of head injury
- “chemo brain”
Much like going to the gym and exercising your body, the long-term benefits of NO are noticeable after consistent training sessions. Each session in and of itself, however, is relaxing and soothing.
- Busy moms
- Busy professionals
- TBI patients
- Chemotherapy patients
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There are four types of brain waves, characterized by the range of wave frequencies they fall in:
Beta – working, very alert, agitated, tense, stressed, afraid; 14-30 Hz
Alpha – physical and mental relaxation; 9-13 Hz
Theta – decreased consciousness, very relaxed, sleepy; 4-8 Hz
Delta – unconsciousness (i.e. deep sleep); longest and slowest waves; 1-3 Hz
For more detail, please see Zengar’s Cartography of Consciousness: EEG Correlates.
Ultimately, the goal is to narrow the range of frequencies. The more easily we are able to transition from one state to another, the more flexible our brains are, the more optimally we can function and adapt to stressors that are thrown at us.
Due to busy schedules, work, and everyday stress, our brains are most accustomed to beta waves (or the lesser-known gamma waves, which are even higher frequency waves). However, research has shown that we are best able to perform (both physically and cognitively), retain information, learn, and make complex analyses when we are in an alpha state.
On the other hand, some people (such as ADHD patients), have too many theta brain waves. This means they are consistently in state of decreased consciousness – hence their ‘attention deficit’.
Whatever the case, neurofeedback training works to create a healthy balance, decreasing the dominance of any particular range of frequencies.
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RESEARCH ON NEUROFEEDBACK
- A Power Point presentation by Dr. E. O’Malley on the biology of sleep, followed by HOW NeurOptimal helps sleep (starting on Slide 26).
- This presentation summarizes NeurOptimal-Insomnia studies and discusses the ways that NO helps to optimize sleep.
- Power Point presentation by Drs. Linda Beckett and Janet McCulloch on neurofeedback for anxiety and depression
- A Webinar with Julian Ford: How NeurOptimal helps to improve Focus and Attention
- Jean Alvarez, EdD, presents her findings on EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) for traumatic brain injury
- Case studies on neurofeedback for patients suffering TBI
- Sage Journal presented research on EEG Biofeedback for PCCI (Post-cancer Cognitive Impairment)
- The NCBI presents several studies on balancing a ratio of brain waves using neurofeedback for treatment of tinnitus