What is Neurofeedback?

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At Caputron, we’re proud to pioneer mental stimulation solutions that are safe, hassle-free and FDA-cleared. All of them, from TMS and tES to tDCS and CES, utilize a process known as neurofeedback. This process is fundamental to improving the mental efficiency of those who participate in regular, quick and painless treatment sessions, which can be administered by trained medical professionals who know these systems inside and out. Today, let’s explore what neurofeedback is in further detail.

The Basics

Neurofeedback is a method of training the mind to recover from inconsistent performance, such as a lack of focus or difficulty keeping negative emotions at bay. If left untreated, these problems can lead to a dizzying array – literally – of complications; everything from insomnia to anxiety and depression is possible, among other issues. Certain solutions available through Caputron are FDA-cleared to address some or all of these problems, depending on the type of stimulation in question.

Are There Really That Many Complications?

Anxiety, depression and otherwise are only the beginning. Here are just a few examples of complications that may potentially be addressed by self-regulating the mind:

  • Migraines and headaches, sometimes tension-induced
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Attention-related disorders
  • Emotional disturbances, hypertension and reactivity
  • Sleep disorders including insomnia

How Does it Work?

Neurofeedback, otherwise known as EEG biofeedback, utilizes electrical activity in targeted zones of the brain. Therefore, gently administering a controlled, completely safe current in a specific manner (headbands, electrodes, etc.) gives the affected zone a “jolt” of sorts. It’s similar to how clearing your browser cache of cookies and closing multiple open Chrome tabs can improve computer memory (RAM) performance; our central nervous system reacts accordingly to this newly introduced current to help regulate brainwave activity. Specific frequencies can even be optimized as needed by targeting specific parts of the brain.

Creating a Roadmap

Neurofeedback is extremely useful in painting a clearer picture of the patient’s current mental state and stability. Brainwaves can be monitored and data consulted to identify fluctuations in activity, helping medical professionals determine which parts of the brain to stimulate, how strong of a current is needed to help regulate, and more. In this sense, we can create a roadmap to figure out what requires the most urgent attention.

It’s Not About “Curing” Anything

Neurofeedback is intended to help strengthen key zones of the brain to encourage regulated, healthy brainwave activity; it’s not intended to outright cure anything. That is up to the mind and the genetics you possess. Instead, effects such as depression and anxiety can be subdued through an optimal mindset until they don’t interfere with your daily activities. It’s very much the same thing as working out regularly to strengthen core muscles and live a healthier life. Similar to our computer memory example earlier in this article, problems such as anxiety tend to tax the brain and distract us, leading to frustration, reduced concentration and a domino effect of other issues.

Getting the Most Out of Your Day, Every Day

Being good to the mind means being good to the self. Healthy, ideal brainwave performance is essential to minimizing emotion-driven decision-making, losing focus, experiencing negative feelings or pessimism, and other problems. Reducing their effects as best as possible through a stronger mind is key. While neurofeedback is merely a way to train the brain to perform in a positive manner conducive to optimal mental health, we shouldn’t shrug it off as unimportant. After all, we can’t improve if we don’t practice – and that goes for anything in life!

For further information about neurofeedback or how our FDA-cleared treatment solutions can assist, contact us at Caputron today. We’re happy to help in any way we can..

Reviewed by the Caputron team

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