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Dale and Hancock Center Neurofeedback Training

The theory of neurofeedback is based on a simple concept – When you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works. The Dale and Hancock Center’s Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is guided exercise for the brain. It is actually a learning modality designed to retrain dysregulated brainwave patterns.

The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. It is completely noninvasive and is considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration recognizes that neurofeedback has NEVER produced a serious side effect since it was first discovered over 40 years ago.

Published scientific research has demonstrated neurofeedback’s efficacy in managing many neurological conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Migraine and Tension Headache, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Post Stroke Syndrome, as well as many others. You can get more information here.

Before training sessions begin, a comprehensive assessment is performed. This assessment procedure allows the therapist to determine, in a scientifically objective manner whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normed data.

The assessment provides the therapist with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions.  These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal. As the brainwave patterns normalize, the brain is able to operate more optimally and efficiently.

Once the protocols are determined the individual is hooked up to a computer using sensors, and the computer records their brainwave activity. These sensors are noninvasive, as no electrical current is put into the brain. The sensors record the brainwaves coming from the brain. Information about these brainwaves is displayed on the therapist’s monitor.

The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals the patient that the brainwaves are becoming more ordered. For example, a patient watches a puzzle of a picture that is being filled in piece by piece. As long as the patient’s brain waves are moving in an orderly direction, the puzzle pieces are filled in and the patient hears a tone. If the brainwave patterns move away from an orderly pattern, then the puzzle does not get filled in and no tone is produced. The patient is actually controlling the completion of the puzzle with their brain and by doing so; the brain is learning how to regulate itself.

In another design, the patient performs the training while watching a movie. In this case the patient may watch a DVD movie that is being controlled by their ability to regulate their brainwaves. The movie will get brighter as the brain waves normalize and become darker when they become dysregulated. This is the preferred method at the Dale and Hancock Center. We find that adults enjoy the movies, and kids attend much better.

The brain’s natural desire to watch the movie clearly will drive those neurological circuits that normalize the brainwaves and allow the picture to be visualized. The more those circuits are driven and used – the more neuroplastic changes take hold. The patient learns how to use those new circuits during the demands of everyday life.

The process of neuroplasticity and the effectiveness of neurofeedback have been known for decades. Only recently has this advanced technology been available to people in our area. Medications are always an option, but this treatment utilizes the body's own resources to balance the challenges without the risk of significant side effects.

The Dale and Hancock Center are members of International Society for Neurofeedback & Research. It is with great pride that we offer this technology to our area. We support continued research and we are dedicated to furthering our knowledge for the betterment of our clients.

As always, the Dale and Hancock Center staff is happy to visit with you and talk to you about your emotional health, and about this and other interventions.
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