While neurofeedback brain training has been around for decades, neurofeedback at-home is a relatively new concept. In the past, people who wanted to utilize neurofeedback brain training typically had to go to a provider to receive treatment. Going to a provider has its benefits, but it may not be an option for everyone. That’s why we developed our at-home neurofeedback program, Thrive.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback. Biofeedback is a broad term for being able to learn to control some of your bodily functions through real-time feedback. It’s like learning to slow down your breaths-per-minute by watching your breathing rate on a screen.
Neurofeedback is biofeedback that’s specifically targeted to your brain. It oftentimes uses an EEG machine and is sometimes referred to as EEG biofeedback. While there are several different forms of neurofeedback, the most common form is brain wave training.
Brain waves refer to the naturally-occurring electricity that we all have in our brains all the time. These waves range from slow- to fast-moving and can have an impact on how we feel. For example, too many slow waves occurring during the day could be contributing to focus issues. Too many fast-moving waves could play a role in anxiety.
Our mobile neurofeedback method uses EEG sensors to monitor your brainwaves, and a smartphone or tablet to send feedback back to you. This feedback is fed back to you either through a YouTube video or brain training game.
The video or game only operates smoothly when your brainwaves are functioning within an optimal range. This acts as a reward for your brain. When your brainwaves fire at a rate that’s not optimal, you’ll receive negative feedback (your movie pauses, you lose points in a game). This tells your brain that something is out of balance and causes it to “figure out” how to return to a seamless video or game.
Neurofeedback can be an effective option for many people because it utilizes our brains’ ability to learn. Every time we learn something new, our brain physically changes. Some synapses get stronger while others get weaker. Over time, neurofeedback can help train the brain to function differently, potentially resulting in long-lasting positive changes.
Included in Thrive
Thanks to the continuing advancement of science and technology, we’re able to deliver compact EEG equipment right to your home. Our Thrive program includes a brainwave-reading headband and scalp sensor, gel to adhere the sensor, and instructions on how to use the neurofeedback app on your phone or tablet.
We like to start each of our clients out with an initial assessment. Depending on each person, their needs, and their accessibility to one of our centers, we may do a remote or an in-center assessment. Both involve EEG brain mapping and the client answering questions about their symptoms and areas of concern. This helps us gain some baseline data so we can tailor a program just for you and measure progress more objectively.
After the initial assessment, our clients receive five one-on-one remote sessions with a Neurocore brain coach to help monitor progress and gain life-long tips for improved brain health. Additionally, once you begin brain training with Thrive, you’ll own all the equipment. Meaning, you’ll be able to continue brain training for as long as you’d like with our monthly subscription plan.
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.