One of the cornerstone services offered at INPS is Neurofeedback Therapy.
Our brain is made of up of different, specialized sections which work together in a system to help us go about our daily lives. A complex, interconnected system, our brain constantly filters out unnecessary information, focuses on important information, and analyzes our daily experiences. In so doing, the brain organizes incoming information and gives meaning to our actions.
In some cases, the different parts of our brain fail to communicate effectively. When the different parts of our brain do not communicate effectively with each other, the brain does not produce an organized pattern of brainwaves. This can happen in cases of a head injury or a concussion, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders, or mental illness. In those cases, the brain has trouble organizing information and filtering out irrelevant input. This makes it difficult to learn from our experiences and plan for the future.
How does Neurofeedback help?
A scientifically supported treatment, Neurofeedback encourages the natural self-regulation of the brain by facilitating the production of specific brainwaves and inhibiting others. In so doing, this creates new communication patterns within the brain and improves brain functioning.
What happens during a Neurofeedback session?
To begin a Neurofeedback session, the client sits comfortably while a certified technician applies non-invasive electrodes connected to an EEG to their scalp. Next, the client chooses between watching a movie or playing a video game. When the specified brainwaves are produced, the client sees a clear picture of the movie or a tone being played during the game. This “rewards” the brain, and encourages the brain to produce more of those brainwaves. When unwanted brainwaves are being produced, the movie becomes hazy or the game stops, therefore discouraging the brain from producing unwanted brainwaves.
In contrast to mood altering medications, Neurofeedback therapy fundamentally alters the brain by encouraging new patterns of intra-brain communication. Most importantly, Neurofeedback training produces results which continue even after treatment has concluded.
Neurofeedback therapy can enhance focus, attention, and concentration. Even for gifted individuals, Neurofeedback is also associated with improvements in academic performance, creativity, and athletic performance. In order to measure changes and to evaluate progress, each patient is thoroughly re-evaluated after 10 sessions. This periodic re-testing ensures that our clients are continuing to make progress towards their goals, and allows us to make any adjustments needed to maximize treatment gains.
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