What is Neurofeedback?

Your brain is the center of your central nervous system.

It is a sophisticated command and control center that is responsible for controlling ALL the other systems in your body.

For most of us our central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) gets knocked off by the challenges of daily life and the brain operates inefficiently. The activity in your brain determines everything you feel and do. When our brain and CNS are functioning well, we are well; however, the reverse is also true.

How do you remember the way to your friend’s house? Why do your eyes blink without you ever thinking about it? Think back to the first time you rode a bike. Your brain had to think about pedaling, staying balanced, steering with the handlebars, watching the road, and maybe even hitting the brakes — all at once. Hard work, right? But eventually, as you got more practice, the neurons sent messages back and forth until a pathway was created in your brain. Now you can ride your bike without thinking about it because the neurons have successfully created a “bike riding” pathway. Your brain is in charge of these things and a lot more. In fact, your brain is the boss of your body. It runs the show and controls just about everything you do, even when you’re asleep. Not bad for something that looks like a big, wrinkly, gray sponge.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity. It is not a treatment for any medical or psychological condition but a tool for training the brain to be flexible, resilient and efficient. While most people have normal brain function, they still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day to day life. This is where neurofeedback can help. Getting the information (or feedback) the brain needs to organize itself, allows the brain to release old patterns that can get in the way of it functioning well and create new pathways for optimal functioning.

Think of neurofeedback in this way

You are driving down the highway, you reach for something in the back seat and your car veers to the side of the road. Your car runs over the grooved pavement, ‘rumble strips’, and you hear a loud sound. Your brain, upon hearing the rumble created by the driving on the grooved pavement, sends a single to your arms to take action and move to the left. At that moment, the audible from the rumble noise, prompted the brain to signal your arms to re-center the car; trained your brain to understand the danger of reaching back while driving; reminded you to ensure you place required items in the front seat and to listen to your brain when confronted with danger. Essentially, your brain was reorganized to function more efficiently. Your brain does know what is best for you!

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a technique to help you learn to become aware of internal functions normally outside of conscious control. You learn this with the help of sensitive instruments that help you become aware of things that you can’t easily feel or detect on your own It’s very easy.

What is neuroplasticity (brain plasticity)? The ability of the brain to change.

The human brain is a remarkable organ with capacities that are still not fully understood. Only over past number of decades (since 1960s) has it become clear that brain cells can and do regenerate and form new neural connections throughout a person’s lifetime. Our brains our constantly being shaped by experiences and environment and our perception of them. Most of us have very different behaviours and thoughts today than we did 20 years ago. This shift is neuroplasticity in action; changes in brain structure and organization as we experience, learn, and adapt. Every time you learn something, neural connections are altered in your brain.

The cells within the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are called neurons. The neuron is the basic working of the brain; a specialized cell designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscles and gland cells. Neurons connect with one other neurons by synapses, forming large scale brain networks. The average human brain has somewhere between 50 and 100 billion neurons. Your brain’s neural synapses and pathways are altered as an effect of environmental, behavioral and neural changes.

So, the next question is, how is neuroplasticity utilized in effective braining training with NeurOptimal®?

NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback:

After more than 40 years in the neuroscience field and related disciplines, Clinical Psychologists, Drs. Valdeane and Susan Cheshire Brown, Zengar Institute founders, have developed a safe, effective system that gives feedback directly to your brain allowing it to regulate itself more efficiently. It utilizes an original Dynamical Neurofeedback® algorithm developed by the Drs. Brown, which is exclusive to NeurOptimal®. This innovative form of neurofeedback is not a medical treatment, but instead is a TRAINING for the brain.

NeurOptimal® is considered by many to be the most highly evolved form of neurofeedback available today. NeurOptimal® is a powerful, brain training technology that has been training brains for the past 18 years.  It is non-invasive, drug-free, leading edge technology that helps people greatly enhance their well-being, realize their full potential and performance by allowing the body to function in the way it does best. It does not manipulate the brain in any way but gives your brain the opportunity to reach its full potential.

It is a non-medical and non-diagnostic tool that does not treat symptoms or diagnose conditions. When you begin training the brain, negative patterns are identified, new pathways are formed and the brain begins to work more efficiently, becoming more resilient and flexible to respond appropriately to an increased range of situations and environments.

Neurofeedback can unlock untapped brain potential and help you achieve long-held goals and dreams. NeurOptimal® users experience the benefits of reduced stress, improved sleep and relief from conditions that were preventing them from becoming all they were meant to be. Brain training is similar to physical training for the body in that it improves strength and flexibility, allowing the brain and central nervous system to return to a healthier and more natural state.

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If you are new to neurofeedback, you probably have questions. As a NeurOptimal® user and trainer, I will be happy to share my personal and professional experience with you.