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Neurofeedback In The News

Publication date: 26 March 2014

I recently came across an article in (California-based) Addiction Treatment magazine, which looked at how neurofeedback is helping addicts help themselves. There's some impressive research demonstrating neurofeedback as an evidence-based therapy.

The article quotes a study by Peniston and Scott who did EEG neurofeedback and biofeedback with a group of 24 veterans diagnosed with PTSD, who were also addicts. All 24 gained significant relief from PTSD symptoms and 79% remained abstinent for at least a year.

One downside of neurofeedback is that it does tend to take time. Typically subjects do sessions in multiples of 20. The practitioner the article focuses on suggests that it's best to start neurofeedback training sessions at at least two per week, preferrably five. It all adds up to a significant investment.

Is it possible to make neurofeedback more cost effective? I believe yes. In my own practice I use a form called HEG, which is based on a different measurement of brain activity - not EEG. It's a much simple measurement, which in effect tracks changes in metabolic activation of the brain's Prefrontal Cortex (its executive control area). The signal either goes up or it goes down - no complex brain waves to interpret.

For this reason it's much more suitable for home training. With home training you're not paying a practitioner for their time, so you can do potentially quite a bit of training (though I stress that more is not necessarily better). I rent out devices to my clients for home neurofeedback training. The device also offers HRV biofeedback, which acts as a useful complement. The device comes with software that I developed myself and currently available nowhere else (read more about Mind-Body Training Tools here). Both devices and software are for sale too.

Closer to home, this article appeared in the Telegraph looking at neurofeedback for peak performance (in sport, business an arts). Highly effective tools and methods are available. I'd love to see them more widely recognised and used.

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