What Does Research Tell Us About Neurofeedback?
"if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used"
Here are a few links to articles and helpful excerpts regarding the current research on EEG Biofeedback / Neurofeedback (the terms are used somewhat interchangeably):
Biofeedback has been around for 30+ years and there are many years of research showing how increasing our real-time awareness of our body's physiological reactions (the essence of biofeedback) has many health and wellness benefits.
Neurofeedback takes the principles of biofeedback and applies them to the Central Nervous System using an EEG-computer interface to provide you with real-time information about your brain activity (in the form of sound or visual input). This is why it is sometimes referred to as "EEG Biofeedback."
Neurofeedback has mounting evidence showing it can help people with brain-based conditions such as ADHD, and great potential to help many other brain-based conditions.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has listed Neurofeedback as a "Level One / Best Support" treatment for ADHD in children.
Neurofeedback can be understood as training the brain to better regulate itself. It follows that there are many varied application of Neurofeedback for conditions that are related to regluation of the brain and central nervous system.
Frank H. Duffy, M.D., a Professor and Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard Medical School, was sufficiently encouraged to state in an editorial in the January 2000 issue of the journal Clinical Electroencephalography that scholarly literature now suggests that Neurofeedback “should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used. (p. v). “It is a field to be taken seriously by all. (p. vii)."
Early enthusiasm for Neurofeedback started over 15 years ago, when the capabilities of computer software finally caught up with the sophisticated theory and knowledge base about the human brain and the well-founded principles of biofeedback. Neurofeedback has continued to advance, now with the ability to provide increasingly complex, real-time feedback about individual brain activity.
Clinical applications are wide ranging. Because Neurofeedback helps the Central Nervous System to function in a more effective and efficient manner, it has the capacity to impact brain-based disorders, many of which are known to be difficult to treat.
Neurofeedback applications include brain-based conditions such as:
“EEG biofeedback [aka Neurofeedback] meets the AACAP [American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry] criteria for clinical guideline (CG) for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders. This suggests that EEG biofeedback should always be considered as an intervention for these disorders by the clinic.” ~ Hirshberg, Lm, Chiu, S ,. Frazier, J, A ,. "Emerging brain-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents: overview and clinical perspective." Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, in 2005, Vol.14 (1), pp.1-19
We are excited to follow the research as it emerges showing new and varied ways Neurofeedback can help people live healthier lives.