December 5, 2016

Neuroplasticity and Neurofeedback

In a previous post about neuroplasticity, we discussed the brain’s ability to reorganize and otherwise adapt to circumstantial or environmental changes, but how does neurofeedback therapy help you take advantage of this? It’s all about your brainwaves and learning to self-regulate them. Keep reading to learn more about brainwaves and how neurofeedback can help you take control over your brain.

What are Brainwaves?

The neurons in your brain communicate with one another via synchronised electrical signals called brainwaves. There are many types of brainwaves, called frequencies, each of which corresponds with a certain state of being. There are five main frequencies (measured in Hertz).

Delta Waves (0.5 - 3 Hz)

These low frequency brainwaves penetrate deeply and occur during the deepest level of meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves stimulate regeneration and healing.

Theta Waves (3 - 8 Hz)

Theta brainwaves occur during meditative, hypnotic, or other trance states, such as the moment right before you fall asleep and periodically during sleep. These waves promote the flow of ideas, creativity, and a connection with the unconscious mind.

Alpha Waves (8 - 12 Hz)

Alpha brainwaves are associated with a low amount of brain activity, which allows you to feel “in the present.” These waves can occur during states of relaxation, productivity, or even flow states.

Beta Waves (12 - 38 Hz)

These high frequency brainwaves occur when we use our brains on a daily basis for learning, performing tasks, focusing, thinking logically, problem solving, decision making, etc.

Gamma Waves (38 - 42 Hz)

The fastest moving of all brainwaves, gamma waves relate to “higher processing,” such as when your brain is processing information from multiple areas of the brain simultaneously when learning, playing sports, etc.

Brainwaves and Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback teaches patients how to self-regulate their brainwaves in order to bring balance to brain function. This regulation of the brain can treat anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, sleep disorders, headaches, learning issues, removing fears, etc. Learn how neurofeedback can help you here at NeuraPerformance Brain Center.

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