What is Neurofeedback Training (NFT)?
Neurofeedback training is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical process that helps to address a variety of psychological and neuro-physical conditions.
Our clinic uses NFT to optimise brain functioning and enhance personal performance in both the corporate and academic sectors. NFT can also be used to maximise your performance in elite sports. Other positive outcomes include reducing performance anxiety, improving sleep, reducing mind chatter and increasing focus.
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a non-invasive way to teach people how to better control their involuntary functions such as heart rate, muscle tension and blood pressure. This approach has been used to decrease chronic pain from tension, manage anxiety, and assist with other physiological symptoms which impact daily living.
What is EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; acting as biofeedback for the brain. NFT / EEG biofeedback is used with people with a variety of conditions, including:
Similar conditions involving brain deregulation symptoms can also be treated with this process.
NFT may also aid people with organic brain conditions such as cerebral palsy and seizures.
Through a combination of NFT / EEG biofeedback treatments and quality-focused psychological strategies, Direct Focus Solutions offers you the most proactive solutions possible.
How does it work?
NFT / EEG biofeedback relays information about your brain’s electrical activity. This helps you to train your own brain by self-correcting and regulating your brainwaves. It is essentially a kind of workout for the brain.
What is our treatment process?
All NFT / EEG biofeedback treatments begin with an initial assessment. This provides an understanding of your medical history and helps us set behavioural and emotional goals so can we develop suitable training protocols. Testing is also done at this time, and involves one of our trained technicians taking measurements of your brain’s electrical activity.
Sensors are placed on your scalp and ears to record brain signals similar to how a doctor places a stethoscope on a patient’s chest to detect a heartbeat. Your brainwaves are then translated into sounds and graphics in the form of a video game. During subsequent training sessions, you will focus on visual and audio stimuli for between 7 to 30 minutes depending on your specific program.
For example, if you want to train your brain to be more focused and less distracted, every time your brain goes into an alert state, you’ll hear a beep and see graphics on the screen. In this way it becomes possible to train you using your favourite DVD. The more you use the correct brainwaves (remaining relaxed, calm or focused) the faster the video game moves, and vice versa. This alters your brainwaves and trains your brain to reach mental states previously unattainable and with far higher consistency.
Essentially, your brain learns to become more efficient, flexible and resilient.
How long does it take to work?
It’s impossible to predict how many sessions a person will need as each individual and their brain are different. However, improvements are typically seen within two to five sessions. Simple cases often require 30 sessions, yet other cases can take 50 or more sessions depending on the severity and complexity of the symptoms. Numerous studies have shown that clients often continue to improve after sessions end. In the vast majority of cases, once the treatment has finished, the benefits to your brain are permanently retained.
How often do I need to have sessions?
We begin with 1 to 3 sessions per week. However, the more frequent your sessions, the faster your progress will be. Remember: you’re re-training your brain and this takes time and patience.
What results can be achieved?
Improvements to a wide range of symptoms can be achieved through NFT / EEG biofeedback treatment, including difficulties with:
- Concentration and/or staying on task
- Restlessness or hyperactivity
- Short-term memory
- Impulsiveness / self-control
- Depression / low mood
- Reading, learning, and academic performance
- Social skills
- Low energy or motivation
- Irritability and meltdowns
- Sleep difficulties including chronic insomnia
- Chronic pain and more
Are there side effects?
NFT / EEG biofeedback has no adverse side effects when administered by experienced and responsible clinicians. There are over 250 published scientific studies and articles on NFT / EEG biofeedback that verify there are no harmful effects following these treatments.
From what age can NFT / EEG biofeedback be administered?
You can receive these treatments from 2 ½ to 3 years old and higher. However, for younger children and those with complex developmental issues, we facilitate an integrated program with our occupational therapy team to get them ready for brain training.
How effective is NFT / EEG biofeedback?
In general, NFT / EEG biofeedback is effective in 75-80% of cases.
How much does it cost?
Your initial assessment will cost more than each subsequent session as we will need to establish your baseline statistics and establish you within our system. You may be eligible for Medicare and private health rebates. Medicare provides refunds on 10 sessions per year for people with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems who, through their GP, may be eligible to access a mental health care plan.
What is Heart Rate Variability (HRV)?
HRV measures variation in-between heartbeats and can accompany your brain training and psychological sessions. In general, the higher the variable between beats, the more relaxed the body is. Heart rate variability can indicate fatigue or stress and provides a physiological marker for how well the body is recovering. HRV training typically uses audio and visual stimulus to teach calming techniques like breathing and mindfulness. These techniques can then be applied within different daily activities and/or high-pressure situations.
What is a QEEG Assessment and Report?
Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) assessments and reports provide an analysis of your brainwave patterns that we compare to other people your age. This can indicate abnormal cognitive or emotional states. A QEEG can determine brains that are anxious, depressed, inattentive, traumatised, injured, or have learning difficulties and express how this affects brain function and behaviour. QEEG helps to detect reasons behind these conditions and assists in our intervention strategies by providing more accurate NFT support.