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The Latest Advances in the Field of Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, an alternative therapy that involves measuring and then stimulating brain waves until they reach a specific frequency, is a rapidly evolving field. Every month new developments are coming to light, as neurofeedback moves closer to the mainstream. Through research studies and clinical reviews, we are seeing more scientific proof that neurofeedback is effective in treating many different brain- based disorders.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

qEEG brain scanNeurofeedback starts with a brain map. Using a qEEG, a  neuroimaging technique also known as quantitative electroencephalogram, a neurofeedback specialist compares the frequencies of different areas of a patient’s brain with the known normal ranges. Then a treatment protocol is created designed to raise or lower the aberrant frequencies to within normal ranges.

Treatment is then administered, in the specialist’s office or at home. This involves an electronic interface consisting of a qEEG headband to measure the trained frequencies in real time, and a feedback device, usually a tablet. The patient plays a special type of video game, controlled only by brain activity!

Neurofeedback News and Research June 2018

Neurofeedback to Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Experts in toxicology, pulmonary medicine, neuroscience, and behavioral therapy have recently come together to help smokers quit. Preliminary results show that the neuro-feedback intervention protocol can cause lasting changes in the brain cortex as people try to stop smoking. Researchers have designed a specific neuro-feedback intervention protocol to combat addiction.

“Smoking is the largest avoidable cause of lung diseases, morbidity and premature mortality worldwide,” says project coordinator Panagiotis Bamidis. “The purpose of our project is to deliver new knowledge regarding the cost-effectiveness of innovative smoking cessation interventions. This approach should improve the efficiency of public policy strategies aiming to reduce smoker numbers and therefore help to prevent lung diseases.”

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Neurofeedback for Addiction Treatment

Addiction- Booze and CigarettesThe field of addiction treatment has been struggling for years to improve it’s overall efficacy rate. It’s well known that even after rehab, the relapse rate for substance use disorders is estimated to be between 40% and 60%. 1 Rehab can be very expensive,  and with such a high replapse rate clearly more tools are needed to augment the effectiveness of traditional treatments.

Many treatment center acroos the world are beginning to integrate alternative medicine therapies into their work with addiction, such as acupuncture, massage, equine therapy, and even specialized trauma- release therapies like EMDR.

An exciting addition to the tool box has come recently through the widespread rise in the use of neurofeedback for addiction treatment. Research suggests that neurofeedback training can be helpful for those who are struggling with addiction.