FAQ for Bio/Neurofeedback
What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback is, simply stated, a means of obtaining information from your body about your body. “Bio” refers to body and “feedback” refers to the routing of the channel (s) of information; hence, biofeedback is information supplied by the body about itself. Biofeedback is a way to heal your body and mind by learning more and more about how brain and stress systems are working. Once people are able to get feedback about their brain waves and stress responses, they can learn control and change.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a branch of biofeedback which focuses on information coming back from brain waves. Control and conditioning of the brain waves can increase attention, focus and concentration and, hence, goal attainment.
What are the physical sensations and effects of biofeedback and neurofeedback therapy?
None – other than the realization of small sensors placed on the skin. Biofeedfack and neurofeedback do not affect the body or brain directly. Biofeedback entails a reading of body and brain messages emitted via the sensors; the sensors trace body and brain waves which are viewed as displays on a computer screen.
How do biofeedback and neurofeedback help people?
Adults and children learn to watch their brain and body waves on a comnputer screen. They are taught what kind of waves and levels will make them feel tense, scattered, upset and out-of-control. They can then learn methods of controlling those brain and body emissions and moving those waves into healthy levels of functioning.
What ages are appropriate for biofeedback therapy?
Children as young as three or four benefit from biofeedback. (The computer can even generate playful biofeedback and neurofeedback games to capture children’s attention.) As well, adults of all ages gain a greater understanding of and skill in managing their body and mind functions.
What conditions are treated by biofeedback?
Biofeedback is used for anxiety, stress, fatigue, pain, injuries and various medical conditions. Biofeedback is a vital tool for athletes, business people, students, people in recovery and anyone who wishes to improve his/her goal-focused training.
What conditions are treated by neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback treats a variety of psychological conditions: anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism, nicotene addition, headaches (migraines), and impulsivity.