High Performance Neurofeedback (HPN) is a cutting-edge technology that helps improve your brain so that it may reach optimum levels of functioning. Neurofeedback is a powerful tool to help you heal from anxiety, trauma, depression, concussions and much more. Neurofeedback helps calm your brain, stabilize your moods, improve your sleep, increase energy and get you focused.
Through neurofeedback your brain learns how to function more optimally and continues to improve itself. Results are immediate and become lasting. Rather than merely treating or managing symptoms, Neurofeedback works by helping your brain to “see” what its doing, so that it can make the necessary adjustments for personal, optimal functioning. When the brain is optimized, many problems arising from central nervous system dysfunction improve.
This can manifest as
- Mood improvement
- Less distractibility and impulsiveness in those with ADD
- Better concentration and ability to focus
- Less craving from addictions
- Less reactivity and greater clarity for those with Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Improved sleep
- Greater ability to regulate and control emotions
- Sports enhancement
- Enhanced resilience
- More calmness and a sense of relaxation
- Boost mental acuity for overall success
- Reduced frequency and severity of nightmares
- Increased energy and mental clarity
- Improved peak performance for athletes and executives
What Stops Our Brain from Having Balance All the Time?
The big six:
Injury – such as concussion, mild traumatic brain injury, whiplash, over exposure to man-made Electromagnetic Fields, or Dirty Electricity
Medications & self medication – including alcohol and illegal drugs
Emotional distress – such as anxiety, panic, mild depression and chronic stress
Autistic spectrum – such as Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism
These types of problems can create patterns in our brain wave activity, that is hard to shift. Getting “stuck” in a specific kind of brain behaviour can shift our personality. Being “stuck” in non-optimal brain wave patterning, can keep us in places we likely don’t want to be all the time, and it makes it harder to dedicate our energies to something else.
How does HPN Neurofeedback help?
The brain is like your body, it can be trained to be stronger, more efficient and have greater stamina. All of which makes you more resilient.
Research indicates that anxiety, trauma, depression and concussions are frequently associated with stuck patterns of overactive, underactive or disturbed brain wave activity, usually in the part of the brain associated with the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response.
Neurofeedback helps your brain in four major ways:
- First through gently stimulating neural pathways that are ‘stuck’ or ‘frozen’ as a result of overwhelming traumas or fears.
- By reducing the activity in the ‘sympathetic’ part of the nervous system, associated with the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response.
- By enhancing the response of the ‘parasympathetic’ system, responsible for the calming effect resulting in relaxation, which can then allow the mind/body to heal itself.
- And finally it suports effective neural integration and overall ‘normal’ brain functioning.
Although the conditions treated with neurofeedback may have very different causes, they all have the same common denominator: they are stuck in non-optimal patterns. HPN Neurofeedback disrupts these patterns, regardless of their origin, and allows the brain to return to it’s previous optimal functioning and/or create new healthy pathways. This is the phenomenon we refer to as “neuroplasticity.”
Unlike traditional forms of neurofeedback that would treat one specific area of the brain, HPN Neurofeedback aims to restore the overall functioning of the brain.
What can HPN Neurofeedback help?
People with anxiety, depression or trauma tend to have either an overactive or under-active central nervous system, which is often experienced as hypervigilance (being on guard at all times), intrusive thoughts or memories, insomnia, abrupt mood swings, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, lack of energy and more. This means that the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response is overactive, creating hyper or hypo arousal of the nervous system. Some people talk about feeling always “ON”.
HPN Neurofeedback works directly on reducing the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response, to allow the brain and body to relax and the nervous system to reset itself. This improves resilience, increases calmness and restores the ability to better handle stress. At the end of each session, you are likely to feel more relaxed, ‘lighter’, and yet energized. After completing a full course of treatment these benefits become lasting and sessions are no longer needed.
HPN Neurofeedback has been found to be effective in a wide application of symptoms:
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Mood swings that seem hard to control
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low mental and emotional energy
- Problems with procrastination
- Insomnia and poor sleep
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Concussions
- Mental fogginess and lack of clarity
- Chronic pain
- Autistic spectrum
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
Is it helpful for children and teens?
YES! Kids and teenagers respond more favourably and quickly to the treatment of HPN Neurofeedback. Helping younger ones to restore proper functioning of their brain, while the brain is still developing, can be very important.
How many sessions does it take?
While everyone is different, it generally takes 5- 20 sessions for effects of HPN Neurofeedback to become lasting. You will most likely notice changes within the first session, often before getting out of the chair. Sometimes this improvement is dramatic. At first, improvement is temporary, lasting from a few hours to a few days. By the completion of the appropriate set of training sessions, improvement is expected not only to last, but to continue increasing slightly, on its own over time.
Most people notice an initial change within 3 to 4 sessions, occasionally a little longer. The average number of sessions for most problems is 10 to 20. Once treatment has been completed, additional sessions are usually not necessary. Occasional or intermittent follow up sessions are available for ongoing support.
What happens during a session?
Unlike traditional neurofeedback in which you actively regulate your brainwaves, HPN Neurofeedback does not require you to do anything. It is effortless. While the client sits in a chair, sensors are applied to the scalp by the clinician. The clinician determines what protocol would be best suited to the client. The computer then tracks the activity of your brain and based on the choice of the protocol, the computer program regulates what signals to feed back to your brain.
The sessions are completely painless and require no conscious effort on the part of the client. You may notice yourself become quite relaxed or even sleepy, and at the same time energized.
Family and friends often begin to notice shifts in your moods and/or behaviour within the first 6 sessions.
What is the difference between HPN Neurofeedback and other forms of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback has been used and studied since the late 60’s. HPN is a recent development in neurofeedback that provides more immediate results, in fewer and shorter sessions with a greater ease of treatment. In traditional neurofeedback, the sensors placed on the scalp transmit brainwave activity to the computer, which the client and clinician can observe. Then the client works at trying to change his brainwaves by performing certain tasks, the results of which can be monitored in real time. This feedback provides the information to guide the client’s efforts at using his/her mind to train his/her brain. In HPN Neurofeedback, there is no effort on the part of the client. Rather than training your brain, the computer-generated short pulses act directly on the brain as a way of restoring its functionality. HPN Neurofeedback sessions last half an hour or less.