Opportunities with Neurofeedback

Non-Clinical Uses

Neurofeedback provides a large potential also for healthy users, for improving their cognitive skills. This sort of application is called Peak-Perfomance-Training in summary.

That does not mean that only professional athletes or people with a lot of ability at work can utilize neurofeedback. It is suited for all humans from infancy to senility.

Everyone can enhance his concentrativeness, sometimes drastically through neurofeedback-training. Learning aptitude and retentiveness are also enhanced. Stress can be reduced effectively and for the long term.

Areas of Application for Enhancing Cognitive Ability Include:

  • Elevation of relaxation ability
  • Elevation of  stress tolerance
  • Training of attention and concentration
  • Meditation
  • Control over relaxation techniques
  • Increased absorption capacity
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Clinical Applications

By now neurofeedback has found application in many different areas and new possibilities are regularly born. In therapeutical areas,  private psychologists, pediatricians, neurologists and occupational therapists commonly offer neurofeedback sessions.

In some cases, services concerning neurofeedback can even be brought to account with health insurance companies, in other cases neurofeedback has to be paid for privately. Since the positive aftermaths of the training last for months and even years, neurofeedback is a worhtwile investment in the long run anyway.

For some of the following areas there exist  multiple proven training procedures. Other areas still require a lot of research and there are not many patients treated.

So far the area that has the most potential of application is the field of ADD and ADHD, where there have been many successes recorded.

Neurofeedback is currently used in the following areas:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Tinnitus
  • Autism
  • Apoplexia
  • Drug addiction disease (e.g. alcoholism)
  • Tic-disturbances, tourette-syndrom
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Migrem
  • Modd swings
  • Insomnia

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Lately, there has been a survey that recommends neurofeedback specifically for older people, who can maintain their mental fitness. Results of the study were very promising.