What is Neurofeedback?

Beginning in the seventies neurofeedback came into public awareness as a method to reduce symptoms of ADD and ADHD by inhibiting and or reinforcing certain brain wave states such as theta, alpha, and beta. The use of neurofeedback has been divided into two distinct arenas. One arena uses a diagnostic model and TREATS the patient for a particular symptom.  The other TRAINS the brain towards more effective and efficient performance.

Training with NeurOptimal (Zengar.com) allows people to get immediate feedback about the patterns of electrical energy in the area over the sensory motor cortex.  The surface electrical energy is displayed on a computer screen in hertz, or cycles per second.  Slower brain wave patterns dominate, when people have problems focusing or are not as able to self regulate, as they might like to.  Training consists of 20 to 40 minute sessions where one listens to calming music, until the brain enters into overly excited or too shut down state, these clues interrupt, slightly alerting the brain to return to the “present” then the music resumes.  The training, to be alert and relaxed, alters the dominant brain wave patters over time, thus increasing one’s ability to calmly focus.

Successful training is enabled by a family effort. Brain wave patterns between family members are linked, as people’s anxieties and worries influence one other.  When two people are undergoing the training, they can reinforce the usefulness of calmer focused states and this also promotes better communication.  During peak performance training, parents become more aware of the situations creating tensions and the more ideal states where performance is enhanced.  Some work with the child to create their own scenarios, while others use videotapes of past performance to increase awareness of performance. Over several sessions people report increases in energy, better perception and coordination when performing.

Most people feel very relaxed over an initial 20 to 30-minute training session. Some people immediately report they are able to find solutions to old problems, while others note a slightly different attitude towards old issues.  Over time the most common reported changes are: greater ability to focus, developing specifics skills, seeing the big picture or the players on the field, increased organizational skills, completing assignments, altering diets or exercise programs, decrease in worried thoughts, more cooperative, open relationships and better sleep. The initial training is ten sessions during eight weeks and then reevaluate.  

Resources On the Web, Articles



International Society for Neurofeedback and Research:  Cynthia Kerson, executive director of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, an advocacy group for practitioners, estimates that 7,500 mental health professionals in the United States now offer neurofeedback and that more than 100,000 Americans have tried it over the past decade. The treatment is also gaining attention from mainstream researchers, including some former skeptics. The National Institute of Mental Health recently sponsored its first study of neurofeedback for A.D.H.D.: a randomized, controlled trial of 36 subjects….http://www.isnr.org/

EEG basic information on Neurofeedback…http://www.eeginfo.com/what-is-neurofeedback.htm

NPR broadcast on neurofeedback for ADHD…http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130896102

In depth information about neurofeedback…http://www.aboutneurofeedback.com/

Ideas to Action, Andrea Schara, LCSWA… www.ideastoaction.wordpress.com

Overview of the field…http://ideastoaction.wordpress.com/consulting/neurofeedback-for-leaders/neurofeedback-and-stress-reduction/
Two press releases about usefulness of zen-gar…http://ideastoaction.wordpress.com/consulting/neurofeedback-for-leaders/ 


Zen-Farm: location of Andrea Schara’s pioneering work with brother, Drew…http://www.thezenfarm.com/Zen_Farm/Zen_Farm.html

You Tube neurofeedback info sessions…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6XeCwFQrCA

CBS two part report on ADHD and Neurofeedback…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vUG6BDA8wI&feature=related

You tube description of uses for neurofeedback…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMPxKqtuu6s&feature=related

EEG Info The Complete Neurofeedback Resource – Chronic Pain, A Neurofeedback practitioner in Australia reports the following remarkable story: … and a few months back was encouraged to try out for “Special Olympics. …www.eeginfo.com/research/articles/myoclonicdystrophy_1.htm

Sports Therapy

Olympic Gold Medalist Kathy Kreiner-Phillips Joins NeuroNetwork .. 3 visits – Apr 30, McGill University researchers find neurofeedback may give Canadian athletes an edge at the 2010 Olympics. RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA…www.marketwire.com/…/Olympic-Gold-Medalist-Kathy-Kreiner-Phillips-Joins-NeuroNetwork-Team-Bring-Competitive-995327.htm 

Futurehealth – Quicklink: Olympic Gold Winner Says Neurofeedback …Feb 15, 2010… won the Men’s Mogul event in Vancouver with the help of neurofeedback. … Canada; Canada British Columbia; Neurofeedback; Olympics; …www.futurehealth.org/…/Olympic-Gold-Winner-Says-N-in-Links-100215-487.html

Futurehealth – Tweet: Canada’s freestyle ski team & women’s hockey …Feb 19, 2010 … Canada’s freestyle ski team & women’s hockey team used neurofeedback in the Olympics-Get in the Zone w/ Neurofeedback: http://bit.ly/bljmUx

Forums – Olympics Forum – Media Coverage of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback at 2010 Olympics.www.istadia.com/forumread.php?tid=457 

Thought Technology Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Physiological …May 10, 2010 … Thought Technology Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Physiological Monitoring Biofeedback & Neurofeedback at the Vancouver Olympics 2010 …www.facebook.com/…Neurofeedback-and…/200886091154

Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Questions and Answers | Windward ..It worked – they aced the Olympics. Neurofeedback helps athletes find and stay in the “zone” and avoid “choking” at crucial points in competition. …www.windwardbiofeedback.net/frequently-asked-questions/

CNC Media – Biofeedback & Neurofeedback at the Vancouver Olympics …Canada\’s top secret initiative -OWN THE PODIUM – involved the use of the latest in high-tech training.The biggest secret was the use of Biofeedback and …www.neuro-center.com/about/media.html?task=viewvideo…id

Sean Casey’s Neurofeedback Story | EEG INFO – Newsletter …Dec 16, 2009 … At first Sean was put off by the whole idea of neurofeedback, … was knocked out of the Olympics for “beating the gun” twice in a row…www.eeginfo.com/newsletter/?p=500

Improve your golf game…http://www.futurehealth.org/populum/page.php?f=Get-in-the-Zone-with-Neuro-by-Dr-Clare-Albright-100128-265.html

Andy Matthews did…http://www.mlive.com/golf/index.ssf/2009/06/andy_matthews_finds_success_wi.html