Neurofeedback therapy – A guide for beginners

Neurofeedback therapy is worth paying more attention to and learning more about, as it can be used to treat many psychological or psychiatric disorders effectively and painlessly. Neurofeedback is essentially a non-invasive, modern day brain gymnastics technique based on the ability to measure and analyse brain waves and treat performance maximisation or any other problems related to brain wave dysfunction through biological feedback.

What is neurofeedback?

To better understand neurofeedback therapy, we need to know what is neurofeedback, also known as eeg biofeedback?

Biofeedback means biological feedback, and with the advent of Quantum biofeedback therapy devices, people of today’s modern age have the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of biofeedback therapies, also known as the technology of the future, to balance the body’s functions without any intrusion into the body.

Quantum biofeedback machines were developed on the basis that every cell and tissue in the human body vibrates at a specific frequency, and with the right equipment, these vibration patterns can be measured and analysed. It has also long been known what the normal range of these electrophysiological signals is and what problems are indicated by results that deviate from the normal range.

Neurofeedback is a special type of biofeedback, where EEG chips are used to measure current brainwaves, which are analysed and evaluated by a computer, and then stimulated and supported by special software to ensure balanced and optimal brainwave function.

This is why neurofeedback is also called EEG biofeedback, as EEG chips, also used and known in traditional medicine, are placed on the patient’s head to measure, analyse and control brain waves.

While Quantum biofeedback devices, which focus on the whole body, also measure heart rate, temperature and brain function, neurofeedback focuses specifically on brain waves.
With neurofeedback therapy, the patient learns to balance their brainwaves themselves, and the effects are long-lasting.

Neurofeedback has been used worldwide with outstanding effectiveness to enhance concentration, maximise performance, increase creativity, control stress and improve a wide range of psychological conditions.

It’s no coincidence that performance enhancement protocols for athletes and, for example, NASA astronauts include neurofeedback therapy!

Neurofeedback therapy – how can it help?

Neurofeedback therapy involves measuring brain waves using electrical sensors (EEG chips) placed on the head. There are several types of brainwave patterns and therapists know which ones occur in which states (e.g. during sleep, during alertness) and in which amounts.

If there is a deviation in this pattern, for example slower brain waves than needed for proper concentration, the neuorofeedback device detects it. It runs special software whereby the patient controls the game by watching the animation with their own brainwaves, so that the software can be used to steer the brainwaves into the desired frequency range.

Common applications of neurofeedback therapy include:

  • reducing hyperactivity and attention deficit
  • treatment of problems due to oxygen deprivation conditions at birth
  • coordination of behavioural disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • ADHD
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • stroke, migraine, pre-menstrual syndrome
  • enhancing relaxation
  • performance enhancement
  • increase creativity
  • rehabilitation after brain injury
  • support the process of quitting addictions
  • therapy for resistant epilepsies

The process of neurofeedback therapy

Neurofeedback therapy is a completely painless process, with no intervention in the body, no painful tests or needle pricks, and a relaxing process that requires and provides a calm atmosphere.
During the neurofeedback training, the neurofeedback therapist places the sensor chips on the patient’s head and first carries out a condition assessment, filling in an anamnesis sheet.

The assessment reveals which brain waves are dominant in certain areas of the brain, where brain waves are not functioning properly, where there is an imbalance.

The results are then evaluated and a treatment plan is drawn up, with the precise target to be achieved being a key element.

After the assessment, the neurofeedback therapist starts the amplitude training. During the training, which lasts about 30-40 minutes, sensors are placed at specific points on the patient’s head, which show the brainwaves on a computer screen.

With the help of special computer software, the neurofeedback device triggers feedback through playful animation. The patient watches a film or animation on an external monitor. The device continuously measures the brain waves, if they are not going in the right direction, the patient does not „work” well, it stops the film, gives an audible signal, the animation becomes confused, which continuously trains and teaches the brain how to „handle” the film „well”, how to control the animation in the right way.

After a period of time, which usually means 10-30 neurofeedback therapy sessions, the patient learns to balance his own brain waves.

How safe is neurofeedback?

There are no risks associated with neurofeedback therapy. After neurofeedback training, you may feel drowsy, agitated or have trouble sleeping, but this is quite rare and resolves quickly. Neurofeedback therapy should only be conducted by a qualified neurofeedback trainer.

Also, make sure to look for a neurofeedback practitioner who uses the latest biofeedback tools, such as the QUEX ED, to get the most out of yourself and the success of the therapy!

There is no need to fear the EEG electrodes used during neurofeedback therapy, they are not harmful to the brain, they simply measure brain waves.

Neurofeedback therapy is not only safe for specific conditions, but can be used for anyone who wants to enhance or maximise their performance, or who may be over-stressed, anxious or sleep poorly.

It can provide a fundamental improvement in quality of life, without any intervention in the body, just the brain learning the correct brainwave patterns.