What’s the Difference Between Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?
We invited Nick Bolhuis, our Director of Clinical Operations, to join our blog as a guest author. Nick has been a part of the Neurocore team since 2006 and is a frequent presenter for Neurocore – whether it be at a Lunch & Learn event or a TV interview, Nick is our go-to guy. Here, Nick explains the important distinction between biofeedback and neurofeedback.
The Difference Between Neurofeedback and Biofeedback
It’s easy to get confused when talking about biofeedback and neurofeedback. Many people might not be aware that there’s even a difference at all, and that the terms actually can’t be used interchangeably. But there are differences. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a very specific subset of biofeedback.
How Biofeedback Works
Biofeedback utilizes medical instruments to provide feedback. This allows an individual to gain control over their physiological activity for the purpose of improved health and performance. Biofeedback can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions including chronic pain, hypertension, stress, anxiety, along with other physiological conditions. The goal of any biofeedback program is to achieve long-term results and control over the symptoms that are being treated.
How Neurofeedback Works
Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, is a very specific protocol that is utilized to improve brainwave activity. EEG biofeedback is especially useful for treating neurological conditions such as ADHD, stress/anxiety, sleep disorders, migraines, traumatic brain injury, and other related conditions.
Neurofeedback is basically a reward system that teaches the brain how to function in a more optimal range. Neurofeedback training is entirely subconscious – and that’s exactly why it works. An individual who can’t sleep would gladly “think a happy thought” if it helped them get to sleep. Thinking happy thoughts will not bring your brainwaves into balance, though.
Through proper training, and the implementation of neurofeedback technology and methodology, the individual’s brain learns the proper range for a good night’s sleep. As with traditional biofeedback, the goal with neurofeedback training is to achieve long-term results and to alleviate symptoms.
How is Neurocore Different?
At Neurocore, we utilize both traditional biofeedback along with neurofeedback training methods. We’ve found that when biofeedback and neurofeedback are used independently of one another, many clients will see positive results. However, for optimal health and results, a combination of the methods is a necessity.
While there may be information on the Neurocore website relating to certain conditions, should a medical condition exist, promptly see your own physician or health provider. Neurocore does not offer medical diagnosis or treatment advice. Neurocore makes no claims that it can cure any conditions, including any conditions referenced on its website or in print materials, including ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, migraines, headaches, stress, sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s and dementia. If you take prescription medications for any of these conditions, you should consult with your physician before discontinuing use of such medications.