Neurofeedback? Sure, trouble with mood, sleep, memory, attention, movement, pain … is best understood as “faulty brain circuits”; but the idea of changing the brain with Neurofeedback-based training instead of surgery seems rather far fetched. Doesn’t it?

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Who’s wired up YOUR brain?

Brains and computers have in common that
• they have huge numbers of connections
• they’re purpose is handling information
• they don’t always work perfectly—bummer.

However, there are also substantial differences. Unlike computers, brains are in a constant process of forming new and severing old connections. “Neurons that fire together wire together. Neurons that fire apart wire apart” is a brief summary of this concept known as Neuroplasticity.

Minds changed about plastic brains

Neuroplasticity has been a topic for popular TV science programs and best-sellings books in the last several years. It proves that the brain has the ability to acquire, process and store information by forming and strengthening pathways and connections.

It’s puzzling that most children end up walking and talking without any detailed knowledge of Neuroplasticity. Perhaps they are born with the intuitive wisdom that brains have the capability of learning.

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Brain plasticity underlies Neurofeedback

Cabbies forced to grow theirs

In order to become a taxi driver in London, applicants need to learn and remember more than 25,000 streets and countless hospitals, stations, pubs and other landmarks.

Research with MRI brains scans shows how this challenge develops the function and structure of the specific memory area:
London cab drivers grow theirs!

[Yet, many tourists find, the cabbies should rather learn proper English and use GPS!]

Science confirms: Brains can learn!

While the discovery of Neuroplasticity has scientists all excited, it’s no real surprise for
• parents • kindergartners • schoolteachers
• university professors • language tutors
• sports instructors • behavioural therapists
• music coaches and other • educators who deal with teaching, learning and practice in order to selectively improve brain function.

Allgedly, even beasts can learn and adapt to new challenges, as • animal trainers have now finally revealed to investigators.

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Cats helped discover Neurofeedback

Cats And Seizures For NASA (1967)

In fact, animals were instrumental in the discovery of Neurofeedback’s benefits:

For sleep research and with the help of milk and broth, a group of 10 cats was trained to produce a specific type of EEG brain rhythm.

Later, the EEG-trained and 40 other cats were exposed to toxic fumes of rocket fuel in tests for NASA. It turned out that the EEG training had doubled the 10 cats’ resistance against fume-induced epileptic seizures.

Even When Medication Fails

Today, EEG-Neurofeedback based brain training is an effective therapy for human patients with intractable epileptic seizures : When meds fail, Neurotherapy can still at least halve the fit rate in 80% of patients.

Parents of children with intractable epileptic seizures now face a difficult decision:
• Letting doctors cut parts of the brain out (Neurosurgery) OR • Neurofeedback-based brain training with EEG-sensors on the head in front of a telly (Neurotherapy).

Neurofeedback - natural treatment for brains
neurofeedback for mental health

When Children’s Brains Struggle

Neurotherapy is probably best known as the right therapy for kids with Attention Disorders, Autism or Learning Difficulties.

Sadly, many parents don’t know about it and allow doctors to treat these disorders like diseases with dubious medication.

However, even the pharma-biased AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recognises Neurotherapy as the scientifically best supported therapy for ADD/ADHD.

A Look Inside The Brain (2005)

Pain is an experience arising from activity in the brain’s Pain Network. When subjects get to see this pain activity—for example represented by a log fire—they can learn to turn down the “burning pain”  with real-time fMRI Neurofeedback therapy.

That is handy for Chronic Pain patients as they can learn to correct the faulty circuits in their Pain Network. Today, we don’t need a multi-million, 50-ton fMRI scanner plus liquid helium ($30,000/month) for that anymore.

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It Works For People With Brains

The US Army utilises Neurotherapy for the rehabilitation of soldiers with PTSD or blast injuries, but also with active personnel on forward operating bases.

Athletes, surgeons, musicians, stock brokers and others whose time is money use it to optimise their performance. And ageing brains keep sharper with Neurotherapy.

So, finally, how does it work? — Well. For people with brains, it works really well.

What Is Neurotherapy? (Video)

Modern Neuroscience makes the therapy of Functional Brain Disorders a deceptively simple training process, thereby “harnessing the power of Neuroplasticity“. In short: Brains can learn. Can you?

you’re probably
asking yourself:

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