What’s the Difference Between Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?

Updated 12/14/17

an older woman running a neurofeedback session

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.

Related: What is Neurofeedback Brain Training

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.

We also offer talk therapy and counseling, which can be done along with our neurofeedback program or independently.

To learn more about how Neurocore’s unique training program could help with ADHD, anxiety, sleep, migraines, memory, and more, give us a call at 800.600.4096.

5 replies
  1. ronald cucina
    ronald cucina says:

    I am a 64 year old white male, post stroke sept. 2013 . I am dealing with Thalamic stroke damage and I have daily pain to my sholder to hand, and hip to butt, leg to foot with numb toes 3-5. If I am truly focused on something really pleasurable, my pain is just about a 1 . With 10 worst, but not being able to not focus on my pain is 4- 9 comes and goes every day. Would your treatment be able to help me ?????? I suffer every day

    • Neurocore Brain Performance Centers
      Neurocore Brain Performance Centers says:

      Hi Ronald! Neurofeedback and biofeedback have been used to help people dealing with chronic pain, but the best way to get an idea if our program might be a good fit for you would be to start with an initial assessment. Our assessment gives us a better look at the electrical activity happening in your brain – and the good news is we now have both an in-center and remote assessment available!

  2. Kristie
    Kristie says:

    My daughter is having extreme confusion along with slow movement & other symptoms. She is ok one day and then bad for days. She has been hospitalized for confusion with no answers. Is this an option for treatment for her. She is 17

    • Neurocore Brain Performance Centers
      Neurocore Brain Performance Centers says:

      Hi Kim! We’re in network with most major insurance providers, but individual coverage can vary. Without any insurance coverage, our initial assessment is $250, then each brain-training session is $65. Here’s a link with more information about insurance, but feel free to call 800.600.4096 with any questions! https://www.neurocorecenters.com/insurance-and-billing


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