Neurofeedback Q & A
What are the benefits of neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback helps improve your brain function. Every session trains your brain to be more resilient, and over time, you can reduce or eliminate medication for anxiety and depression and improve memory.
Also, the effects of neurofeedback are permanent — your brain remembers how it’s been trained to respond to your triggers and continues to do so, allowing you to stay in a place of mental serenity.
If you’re curious about neurofeedback, call Excel Health MD or make an appointment online today.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is an innovative treatment that harnesses technology to train your brain to let go of negative and anxious thought patterns. For example, when you feel anxious, your brain is running — and stuck — in high gear.
Neurofeedback uses positive reinforcement to stimulate your neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to change itself. Essentially, you train your brain to respond to stimuli differently, which reduces your anxiety symptoms.
Dr. Raman creates a customized plan to address your specific needs, but most patients have a series of 25-40 sessions. As when you’re learning to ride a bike or training for a sport, your brain needs practice for the changes to be permanent.
What happens during a neurofeedback session?
During your neurofeedback sessions, Dr. Raman attaches sensors to your head. The sensors monitor your brain activity and track patterns. Dr. Raman analyzes your brain activity, identifies the abnormal or undesirable patterns that occur while you’re feeling anxious, or have trouble with memory and attention, and then creates a training program.
Then, Dr. Raman runs a computer program that looks like a video game while the neurofeedback equipment monitors your brain activity.
When your brain activity is positive, you receive rewards in the videogame, and this, in turn, stimulates positive reinforcement in your brain. With repetition, these rewards help your brain change the way it responds to your anxiety triggers.
In addition to your neurofeedback treatments, Dr. Raman considers your overall health and lifestyle. After reviewing your medical history and details about any injuries like whiplash or concussions, she also examines your nutrition, exercise habits, hobbies, and exposure to neurotoxins.
Dr. Raman often prescribes nutritional supplements, diet changes and behavior modifications to optimize your overall health.