What is Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is the process of normalizing brain wave patterns in specific regions of the brain that influence our emotional state and cognitive performance.
We provide a comprehensive training system that promotes growth and change at the cellular level of the brain.
Neurofeedback is technology’s answer to psycho therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and poor cerebral functioning. It has been successfully applied in the treatment of ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, addictions, sleep disorders, OCD, Asperger’s, autism spectrum etc. It is your drug free alternative, with very few reported side effects.
What does Better Brain do?
Better Brain specialises in sleep problems, ADHD, anxiety and depression and regulating brain states to improve sleep by the use of Neurofeedback and Cognitive brain training.
We assess your brain, which is responsible for your behaviour by using specialised questionairres, and brain maps to see which part of your brain is working well, and which part isn't working that great. We teach you why you are experiencing some difficulties in your life and how to fix it. It's only been in the last few years where neuroplasticity has given hope to those previously left behind. We can teach you how to change your brain and ultimately change your life.
How does it work?
Neurotherapy involves retraining irregular brainwaves into a more normal pattern. The retraining process involves placing sensors on the scalp that give both auditory and visual feedback to you while you look at a computer display with colorful images which are paired with sounds. Controlling the computer display with your brain teaches you to produce the brainwaves that are associated with being attentive and still. As your brain masters the game, the training parameters are made more difficult.
By completing repeated and higher levels of difficulty, you can successfully reshape your brainwaves over time and, with enough practice, you can learn to do this without the computer feedback. This process is similar to what the brain does when a person learns to walk, run or ride a bicycle.
Some people may need to learn to increase the speed or size of brainwaves in some parts of the brain. Other individuals need training to decrease the speed of brainwaves in certain areas of the brain. Neurotherapy usually requires at least 25, and most commonly 40-50 sessions of about 30 minutes in length for the brain to estalish a balanced pattern. .
Retraining the brain using neurofeedback is a natural, low risk, highly effective treatment option that has successfully improved clients’ symptoms.
In the late 1960's and 1970's we learned that it was possible to recondition and retrain brainwave patterns. This training is called Neurotherapy or EEG biofeedback or Neurofeedback.
Neurotherapy can affect arousal, sleep/wake cycles, cognitive processing, sensory processing, inhibition of motor responses, moods and emotions and memory.
With continuing feedback, coaching, and practice, we can usually retrain healthier brainwave patterns in most people. It is a little like exercising or doing physical therapy with the brain, enhancing cognitive flexibility and control.
Thus, whether the problem stems from ADD/ADHD, a learning disability, a stroke, head injury, deficits following neurosurgery, uncontrolled epilepsy, cognitive dysfunction associated with aging, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other brain-related conditions,
Neurofeedback training offers additional opportunities for rehabilitation through directly retraining the brain. The exciting thing is that even when a problem is biological in nature, we now have another treatment alternative than just medication.
Neurofeedback is also being used increasingly to facilitate peak performance in "normal" individuals and athletes.
Neurotherapy is a technique in which we train the brain to help improve its ability to regulate all bodily functions and to take care of itself. When the brain is not functioning well, evidence of this often shows up in the EEG (Electroencephalogram)
Better Brain uses SmartMind2 which is a Neurofeedback system that accurately measures EEG activity, by filtering out muscle and eye artifact 'on the fly' (patent pending).
Below is an example of a clinician screen where brain waves are monitored and the software is programmed to each individual's needs.