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7 Supplementary Tools for Neurofeedback Training

While there is debate on adding other variables to the Bio- or Neurofeedback process, some have found great benefit in adding other tools or resources to the training sessions. The brain controls the body, yet the mind is powerful enough to make us think, act and feel certain things that can trigger our brain to become rigid or relaxed. A busy mind can interfere with the brain’s signals and ability to learn from Neurofeedback. Since our mind’s thoughts and emotions have the ability to impact brainwave activity, learning how to quiet the mind can be a very important step in the overall Neurofeedback process.

Biofeedback

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. Since the mind, brain, and body all interact with one another, Biofeedback can greatly enhance the Neurofeedback process by identifying areas that are interfering with the brain’s ability to self-regulate.

Meditation

The challenge of clearing the mind has become more difficult in the recent years. Meditation is the discipline to calm the mind’s activity, thus slowing down the body and brain’s activity. A busy mind can interfere with the brain’s ability to learn from Neurofeedback. Since our mind’s thoughts and emotions have the ability to impact brainwave activity, learning how to quiet the mind can be a very important step in the Neurofeedback process. Meditation can have a relaxing effect as well as help regulate the physiological systems of the body.

Audio Visual Entrainment

Audio Visual Entrainment is a technology that stimulates the inner brain which regulates the cortex, the part of the brain that Neurofeedback trains. Thus, we can affect the brain and body more on a physiological level. Whereas Neurofeedback training is more specific to a particular location on the scalp. Dr. Paul Swingle, a Canadian Neurotherapist, has found that using Audio Visual Entrainment can diminish the amount of neurofeedback sessions needed by as much as 30 to 50%, versus Neurofeedback alone. Audio Visual Entrainment can also regulate neurotransmitters, the chemical aspect of brain function.

Craino-Electro Stimulation

Similar to Audio Visual Entrainment, CES produces a mild stimulation deeper in the brain, resulting in balancing neurotransmitter activity and improved regulation in the cortex as a result. CES can be used before Neurofeedback or outside of the office thus improving the brain’s ability to self-regulate and learn from the Neurofeedback training sessions. There is plenty of research dating back decades on this less-known technology.

Nutrition & Supplements

Supplements can be an excellent complement to Neurofeedback as well. Vitamin D is vital for people who’ve had brain injuries, regardless of their symptoms. Along with vitamin D, magnesium is also helpful following neurological injury. Two recent papers even support the notion that magnesium deficiency leads to hyper-excitability of the nervous system. We also know that multi—vitamins and Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules can help with brain performance. Visiting a Nutritionist may be yet another important step, as there are many brain-boosting supplemental products available on the market.

Talk Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a style of Talk Therapy, is a common type of mental health counseling and a great compliment to Neurofeedback. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more positive, effective way. It can be an effective tool for anyone to better learn how to better manage stressful life situations.

Physical Activity

Exercising the body is a critical component to brain health as it increases oxygen to the brain; decreases stress hormones and increases cellular growth. Movement of the body can also decrease both migraines and general body pain, and lessen the need to always be on the move. Neurofeedback training can also be more effective when exercise is incorporated into the overall program thus increasing the cell growth in the hippocampus, an area in the brain associated with learning and memory.
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