Neurofeedback in Wisconsin - Locate a Neurofeedback Provider in Wisconsin

Why Biofeedback & Neurofeedback?

“Biofeedback is the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will. Some of the processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception.

Biofeedback may be used to improve health, performance, and the physiological changes that often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Eventually, these changes may be maintained without the use of extra equipment, for no equipment is necessarily required to practice biofeedback.

Biofeedback has been found to be effective for the treatment of headaches and migraines.” - Taken from www.aapb.org

Understanding Biofeedback's foundational role in Neurofeedback training

1) Our thoughts and emotions have the ability to impact our body and brain health

  • When we perceive stress, our brain sends a signal to our body to prepare for a flight or fight situation
  • Continued stress can temporally shut off an important part of our brain function
  • The body becomes over-activated and sends more information back to the brain regarding the current situation

2) We need to look beyond the brain at the big picture for Neurofeedback training to be most effective

  • Thoughts and emotions can trigger the brain causing over-activation. This in turn creates yet more problems making it even harder to train the brain
  • Due to the brain’s over-activation the body also becomes over stimulated and relays a greater amount of information back to the brain creating a never ending cycle
  • Before starting Neurofeedback, we should also look at the mind and body’s influence on brain function

3) Stress – one of the most ignored obstacles we face in daily life

  • Stress is our reaction to a given stimulus we cannot control
  • We can experience an internal (perceived) or external (environmental) stressor, fear, or worry that triggers the flight or fight response
  • Our brain sends signals to the body to prepare for flight or fight      
  • Stress can actually lock up an important part of the brain

4) How this impacts Neurofeedback

  • Stress impacts brain function, shutting down the prefrontal cortex used in decision making, impulse control, reasoning and analysis
  • The brain is being pulled away from Neurofeedback training when the mind and brain are sending signals, competing for the brain’s response
  • Training the brain is the goal, but attaining a calmer, more stable mind and body may be the first step before starting Neurofeedback sessions

Neurofeedback vs. Biofeedback

Now that we have looked at an official definition, let us explore: Why Biofeedback is Essential in the Neurofeedback Assessment & Training Process!

NEUROFEEDBACK

  • A sub category of biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback – regulates the brain
BIOFEEDBACK
  • Regulates the body’s stress response
  • Identifies the body’s systems that are running in overdrive

Biofeedback can measure:

  • Heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Skin Conductance (SCL)
  • Muscle Tension (EMG)
  • Perpherial Blood Flow (pIR)
  • Temperature training
  • Respiration/Breathing
  • Brainwaves (EEG)
These modalities will demonstrate if your physiology (body's systems) are over or under-activated. Having this information will allow one to know if he/she is ready to begin Neurofeedback. Abnormal readings from this multi-modal assessment will show you if your body is over communicating with your brain, and if you brain is sending too many signals to your body.

Biofeedback: An excellent starting point...

Biofeedback in itself is often used as a relaxation technique and “is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately 'feed back' information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument."

Finally, this is just the beginning of an exciting new journey for you, the patient/client and your practitioner. And it is important to remember that Biofeedback not only gives you the power to use your own thoughts to control your body, but often it helps improve health related conditions and physical performance. -Taken from: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)

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