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What Is Neurofeedback and How Does It Help People With Trauma and PTSD?


Neurofeedback is designed to use a reward-based system to train brainwaves to function with an optimal range. This method delivers real-time feedback to the brain, which retrains the overall functioning of the brain. During a neurofeedback session, the client will have electrodes placed on their scalp. These electrodes will measure brainwaves as the client engages in some form of rewarding, passive activity, such as watching a movie or listening to music.

As the client engages in the activity, feedback from the electrodes controls the operations of the activity. For example, if you are listening to music, when your brainwaves operate with an optimal range, the music will play continuously. When your brainwaves deviate from optimal ranges, the music will be interrupted or paused. Essentially, the feedback from your brain controls the reward of having continuous stimulation or withholding your reward.

For people suffering from trauma and PTSD, their brains may not be functioning at their best. The brain works best when cells are communicating efficiently with one another. Brainwaves are electrical impulses by which the brain cells communicate; therefore, measuring brain waves can indicate the overall efficiency of the brain. Individuals with trauma and PTSD can have overactive brain waves due to being on high alert and anticipating danger.

Neurofeedback helps to train the brain to operate in a less reactive manner. Your brain, like any other part of your body, benefits from exercise and training. Neurofeedback, much like mindfulness and breath work, trains your brain to operate in a more relaxed, and less hyperactive, state. Neurofeedback involves several sessions, and clients report feeling more relaxed between sessions as they continue their treatment.

Technological advances have improved many aspects of our lives. Mental health and trauma treatment have also improved by utilizing technology. We now understand more about the operations of the brain and how the brain can affect our overall mental wellness. Following trauma, our brains begin to operate differently. The effect of traumatic experiences and PTSD leaves our brains operating in a highly reactive state. We can retrain our brains by techniques, like breathwork and mindfulness practices, or with more technological therapies, like neurofeedback. The Guest House offers a wide array of therapeutic techniques to help our guests recover from trauma and PTSD. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 for more information about how our programs can help you in your recovery!