Monday, January 10, 2011

Neuroplasticity and Neurofeedback

Neuroplasticity means our brains' ability to change and reorganize our networks of neurons.

It is not true that past a certain age, the brain can't change. Fortunately for us, neuroplasticity continues throughout life.

Neurofeedback takes advantage of this. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback gives your brain the information it needs to reorganize and optimize itself. That translates in life to better focus and concentration and less anxiety, depression, etc. To get an idea of the types of things neurofeedback can help with, visit the Client Comments page of my website.

Neuroplasticity is also enhanced by taking care of these six elements of life:
  • Nutrition - Omega 3s, for example, are great for a healthy brain and neuroplasticity.
  • Aerobic exercise - yet another reason moving our bodies around is good for us.
  • Social relationships - If you have social anxiety, neurofeedback is likely to reduce or eliminate it.
  • Sleep - often the first area in which people getting neurofeedback notice improvements.
  • Novelty - learning new things generates new neurons and new neural connections.  
  • Closely paying attention activates neural circuits - neurofeedback can improve focus (and reduce ADD). Meditation and mindfulness training are also helpful in increasing the ability to be in the moment and pay close attention.
Please post any comments you have. You're also welcome to email me.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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