What it is, what does, what it’s good for. The difference between infrared and brainwave neurofeedback.


Biofeedback for the brain is Neurofeedback
An effective form of self-healing – Safe, simple, natural, non-invasive.
By looking into a brain mirror, you learn self-awareness and exercise self-control. With neuro-information, you gain skill with activation and inhibition processes.  This enables you to self-regulate your own brain states. Neurofeedback enables mind over matter.

Neurofeedback training successes are clustered in these areas:
Decrease: Anxiety, Depression, and Migraine Headaches.
Improve: Attention, Cognitive Functions, and Peak Performance.

Neurofeedback can stop a current migraine headache in 20 minutes. After enough training sessions most people don’t get anymore migraines or they don’t have the symptoms of their disorder.  The largest body of research about neurofeedback is about ADHD.

Conclusions supported by published research for ADHD:
> ADHD improves directly and steadily with neurofeedback training.
> Neurofeedback is as powerful as Ritalin for focusing attention. 
> Neurofeedback normalizes distorted brain maps (QEEG).
> Follow-ups show benefits are enduring.

Like physical exercise, neurofeedback seems to improve the functioning of your entire system. Side benefits may include better sleep, mood, and alertness. Neurofeedback trains and exercises the brain so that it works better. It tends to settle things down, clear channels and facilitate transitions.  Greater neural efficiency and effectiveness is naturally preferred. Better self-regulation becomes automatic.  Thus results are self-maintained, without effort.

Infrared Neurofeedback
We all radiate heat. You can learn to raise your hand temperature while holding a thermometer. By monitoring the infrared glow coming from your forehead, you can increase the neuro-cellular activity in your frontal cortex.

Exercising your brain in this way develops general inhibitory functions – the brakes work better. More skillful inhibition slows down unwanted anxiety, inattention, moods, mental chatter, and migraine headaches.

Brainwave Neurofeedback
You relax in a chair with sensors on your head. A sophisticated computer monitors your readings and provides feedback. You listen to music and watch an image change. When some part of your mind is wasting energy, the music and image stop for a moment. Then it starts up again as you find a more efficient pattern. The feedback is set so the music is on most of time.

This feedback is like saying ‘warmer’ and ‘colder’ a dozen times a minute. This gentle guiding is utterly calming. The contrast will allow you to quiet micro agitations and simply drop useless mental clutter. The formerly wasted energy is first used for greater mental stability. Secondly,  mental energy is freed up to improve the adaptive flexibility of all that you do.