Guest Post by Jake Robinet of Open Mind Neurofeedback
How can Neurofeedback fix all my symptoms when all I have to do is listen to music? Well I’m going to tell you how with a few analogies, if you stick with me.
First off I’m going to use other forms of ‘feedback’ as examples that we get all the time. A mirror gives feedback about how you look, without which you may not otherwise be able to see yourself. Your ears give feedback about how you and others sound. Your tongue gives feedback about what tastes good, and what may be dirt and taste horrible. But what about feedback of our brains inner functioning? How we react to what happens to us, what we focus on, if we are relaxed or tense at the appropriate time, maybe how we treat ourselves and others when in a bad mood?
We sometimes have feedback for these behaviours but they may come an hour later, (sometimes a week!) when we calm down and realize how we reacted and treated another person. Then once aware, we have to catch ourselves the next time it happens and try and train a new reaction to the old pattern of, let’s say, lashing out at others.
Other methods like meditation and mindfulness are helpful for bringing awareness of our behaviours and to facilitate change. Being relaxed, easing stress, living a healthy lifestyle and being open and optimistic may all help facilitate change in our lives.
So what is the role of NeurOptimal Neurofeedback?
NeurOptimal is the feedback that tells your brain everything it needs to know about its behaviour. If a meditation session gives your brain a dozen insights about its behaviour, NeurOptimal gives the brain 250 signals per second! It is the fastest and most effective form of feedback for the brain. It’s also a great starting point for someone who knows they want to improve themselves but has difficulty getting started or sticking with a healthier, happier lifestyle.
“If you could have made all the changes you wanted on your own, you would have done it by now!”
NeurOptimal doesn’t do anything to anybody’s symptoms. It simply tries to tell the brain that it doesn’t need them anymore. Just like a mirror doesn’t fix back and neck pain but it can show you your posture is off… and that you have something in your teeth! Symptoms of inefficient brains receiving little to no feedback include:
- Learning problems— ADHD symptoms, lack of focus, inability to attend to tasks
- Head and brain injuries
- Stress— worry and fearfulness
- Anxiety, panic, hypervigilance
- Sleep disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- PTSD and trauma symptoms
- Cravings and addictions
- Low self-esteem and self-image
- Stuck patterns of thinking and behaving
By signaling the brain every time it starts any of these behaviours at an unhelpful time, which the brain is generally completely unaware of, the brain can let go of the patterns and change to be more helpful to us. A simple break in the music is all the subconscious brain needs to become aware of the unconscious activity it is producing, so it can let go of that activity, and symptoms start to fade away.
And that is how NeurOptimal Neurofeedback can transform our lives, by just listening to music.
(Thanks for sticking through this one!)