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“Neurofeedback . . . promotes change at the cellular level of the brain
and empowers the client to use his or her mind as a tool for healing.”
Neurofeedback, also known as Neurotherapy or EEG biofeedback, is a computer-assisted way to help your brain become more flexible, stable and functional. Your brain and central nervous system strive to keep you alive. Sometimes one gets stuck in survival patterns that are no longer helpful, and this can result in dysfunction. With Neurofeedback, one can train the brain to facilitate self-regulation, calm the nervous system and ensure optimal brain performance.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback. The AAPB (Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback) defines Biofeedback as follows: –
“Biofeedback 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 “feedback” information to the user. The presentation of this information, often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.”
Although Neurofeedback is a relatively new concept in South Africa, it has been the subject of comprehensive research in America since the early 1960’s. Extensive research indicates Neurofeedback as an effective option for children and adults struggling with concentration problems, hyperactivity, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. Neurofeedback meets the criteria of the American Psychological Association to be classified as an evidence based intervention. The American Academy of Pediatrics rated Neurofeedback as a therapy with the highest efficacy rate for attention related problems as well as the best supportive therapy (October 2012).