Anxiety

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How does neurofeedback reduce anxiety?

Neurofeedback training can help change your brainwaves. It measures the rhythms of your own brain and rewards you when you make more of the desirable patterns or fewer of the undesirable ones.

For example, a recording of an EEG brain map for a client showed an excessively fast brain pattern. This 55-year-old woman simply could not quiet her mind, and she experienced a great deal of fear and anxiety as a result. The solution was to measure her brain activity and provide a neurofeedback computer game to help train her brain to calm down. With our coaching, she learned how to recreate that state on her own without the use of the computer game.

Neurofeedback facilitates awareness, provides reinforcement, and allows one to monitor the quality of practice during a training session. Because we are neurologically hard-wired to return to balance, as learning takes place you are able to decrease and/or eliminate anxiety.

As learning improves, you can begin decreasing your brain training schedule. Most clients can stop training once they reach their goals and the training is holding. A small number of clients with persistent or extremely resistant or complex issues require occasional “tune ups” or a maintenance training schedule.

With brain training, you learn to moderate your response to stress so that anxiety is minimized and occurs less frequently. Neurofeedback helps put the control for your life back in your hands.

In the 1980’s, biofeedback (neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback) was popular for anxiety and stress reduction and was used by many professionals. The decrease in popularity was not due to poor results. It was caused by a decision by insurance companies to cut the rate of reimbursement for this treatment by approximately 75%!

Over the years, technology and knowledge about the brain have made incredible advances. Brain biofeedback researchers and practitioners have applied this knowledge and continue to hone neurofeedback technology into an increasingly more effective teaching tool. This has led to resurgence in the use of biofeedback.

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