Up until recently, individuals with mental or behavioral health challenges living in modern society have basically had two standard treatment options to choose from: psychotherapy and medication. While both may provide effective solutions to various extents for different populations, many individuals still face severe obstacles to progress, while others want to avoid the side effects of medication.
Enter Neurocore, a new mental wellness concept founded in 2004 that uses neurofeedback as a third option for treating mental and behavioral health challenges. Neurofeedback is a scientific practice that explores the brain’s capacity for learning and responding to external stimuli.
Over the past 15 years, Neurocore has become a national authority in the field of applied neuroscience and now operates five successful Brain Performance Centers in Michigan and Florida.
Neurofeedback: How It Works
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback, and may be used to train the brain using rewards instead of medication. In order to function optimally, the brain requires a healthy balance between activities that promote fast and slow brainwaves. Neurofeedback actually alters the electrical activity of your brain by means of non-invasive training sessions that gradually tweak your brain’s automatic reactions to stimuli that typically triggers undesirable symptoms.
Neurocore has devised a series of brain training programs to help individuals cope with such challenges as difficulty with concentration, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and different forms of stress. Neurocore Brain Performance Centers provide 30-session brain training programs using neurofeedback that are customized for each individual depending on their unique set of triggers and symptoms.
Neurocore employs mental health professionals who are Board Certified in Neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) to oversee and direct their brain training programs. This ensures adherence to the highest standards in the industry, as well as compliance with the Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines.
Using Neurofeedback to Train the Brain
Neurofeedback works by means of EEG sensors that monitor brainwaves, connected to a computer that delivers feedback on these brainwaves. The feedback can take many forms using simple stimuli such as listening to music, watching a video, or playing a game.
The sessions are set up so that the stimulus rewards your brain only when your brainwaves are functioning within an optimal range. In other words, the video, game, or music will only operate smoothly when you can control your brainwaves to remain within the desired range. When your brainwaves fire outside of this range, you’ll get negative feedback such as an interruption in the video, music, or game. This trains your brain to maintain an optimal balance of brainwave activity in order to generate the reward of a smooth viewing or listening experience.
This type of brain training can produce long-lasting changes in the structure of your brain, gradually alleviating challenging mental and behavioral health symptoms.
Among clients who have completed the 30-session programs offered by Neurocore,
84% have reported a noticeable reduction in ADHD Symptoms, and 66% no longer fell within the symptomatic thresholds that define ADHD.
What Conditions does Neurofeedback Treat?
Neurofeedback is effective at treating many conditions including:
- ADD and ADHD in adults and children
- Asperger’s and ASD
- Panic attacks
- Some types of memory issues
- Sleep disorders
Additionally, athletes and all types of professionals use neurofeedback to manage stress and enhance focus, thus improving their performance. The supplemental benefits of neurofeedback training include improved sleep quality, reduced anxiety, and an improved ability to adapt to everyday obstacles, stimuli, and challenges, significantly improving an individual’s quality of life.