Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How Can Neurofeedback Help with So Many Things?

It's a great question, and one that makes some people hold back from trying neurofeedback. How can it be that good? The answer is that neurofeedback works directly with the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord).

I think of the CNS as the captain of the ship, central to all the ways you experience life, for example:
  • Emotions, including those associated with anxiety and depression
  • Sensations - what your eyes, ears, nose, etc., are telling you
  • Coordination of the activity of the body (including the involuntary actions like breathing and keeping your heart beating)
  • Control of behavior (along with the peripheral nervous system, which connects the CNS to your hands, arms, legs, etc., and to your organs)
Neurofeedback is a training for the CNS, tuning it to be at its best. Since the CNS is key to all of the above, that means there is potential positive change in a great variety of the things you would like to have change.

By the way, today's Washington Post published an artcile about the first federally funded study of neurofeedback. The study is about ADHD and neurofeedback.

And for more information about what neurofeedback can help with, click on the link below.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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