by Keelyn Yachanin, BA, SEP, BCN, Shamrock Recovery Services
When it comes to our health, we often focus on physical fitness and nutrition. But what about our brains?
After all, our brains control everything we do, think and feel. That’s where neurofeedback comes in — a cutting-edge therapy that uses technology to help you train your brain.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive and drug-free treatment showing promising results in treating a variety of conditions, including mental health disorders, traumatic brain injury, peak performance, PTSD and addiction.
By monitoring brain waves and providing feedback to the patient, neurofeedback helps retrain the brain to function more efficiently and effectively.
Elite athletes, musicians and performers have turned to neurofeedback to improve their skills and reach their full potential. Studies have shown that neurofeedback can improve reaction time, accuracy and overall performance in various sports, including golf, archery and shooting.
Those suffering from PTSD also have found relief through neurofeedback. By helping to regulate the brain’s fight-or-flight response, neurofeedback has been able to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and flashbacks associated with PTSD.
A meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials found that neurofeedback was associated with significant reductions in craving and relapse rates in individuals with substance use disorders as well.
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool that can help unlock the full potential of our brains.
Here are five ways neurofeedback can improve your life:
- Enhance cognitive performance: Neurofeedback can help individuals improve their attention, focus, memory and other cognitive functions. This can be especially helpful for individuals with ADHD or other attentional disorders.
- Improve addiction recovery: Neurofeedback can be used as part of addiction recovery programs to help individuals regulate their brain activity and reduce cravings for drugs or alcohol. This can increase long-term recovery.
- Manage PTSD symptoms: Neurofeedback can be used to help individuals with PTSD learn to regulate their brain activity, reducing symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance.
- Improve sleep quality: Neurofeedback can help individuals learn to regulate their brain activity during sleep, leading to improved sleep quality and a reduction in sleep-related issues such as insomnia. This can be particularly helpful for individuals with PTSD.
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression: Neurofeedback can help individuals learn to regulate the brain activity associated with anxiety and depression. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms and an overall improvement in mood.