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Biological systems in the human body are constantly sending us messages. When these inside-the-skin events are detected and fed back to us through electrical signals using sight, sound or touch, we can learn to use this information to change unwanted patterns that are contributing to poor physical and / or mental health. With practice we can begin to change inside-the-body events to make us healthier.
Biofeedback is especially successful in showing us how stressed we are and which parts of our system is most affected by stress. For teenagers this knowledge is wonderful and it is an emancipating idea for them if they realise that they are the masters of their own bodies. When they have learned the basic biofeedback techniques, they can de-stress themselves at anytime and in any place. When an individual is not anxious and stressed, he or she is better equipped to study more efficiently and will be highly effective when writing exams.
The brain produces electrical activity, which can be recorded and studied. Neurofeedback helps the client to attain flexibility in their brain waves, so that they can produce the correct brainstate for the correct situation.
A healthy pattern of brain wave activity is flexible and allows the individual to shift attention and activity level smoothly to adjust to the world around them.
Individuals who experience depression, post traumatic stress reactions and anxiety often have brain wave activity with higher than normal levels of slow EEG activity (Delta, Theta and Alpha waves). The result is a brain and nervous system that is “irritable” and ineffective in responding to the outside world.
People with Conduct Disorder usually show a brain that is too active and one that cannot slow down. Alcoholics and drug users are often people who’s brains produce excessive high Beta waves and the drug is a form of self medication to quiet the brain.
Children and adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder usually have slow brain waves and by training the brain to be more flexible these problems disappear.
Neurofeedback affects such problems as attention and concentration, and has a systemic effect. When we treat people for ADD, other systems begin to improve, because the brainwaves become regulated. Several sophisticated systems are currently in use that can help the brain to “wake up” and shift out of this inefficient pattern. Neurofeedback helps the client to attain a flexibility in their brain waves so that they can produce the correct brain state for the correct situation.
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