Neurofeedback is a state-of-the-art, non-invasive, drugless method for training the brain to function in a more balanced and healthy way. It is a simple and pleasant "workout for the brain". At Portland Neurofeedback we have four different kinds of Neurofeedback and one type of biofeedback. They include: Neuroptimal, LENS, Infra Low, Alpha Theta (Othmer/EEG Institute) and the Safe and Sound Protocol by Stephen Porges. When EEG Biofeedback is mentioned, people are generally referring to a second generation of biofeedback called Neurofeedback. Biofeedback is still available. It helps people gain control over certain bodily processes.
Neurofeedback Vs Biofeedback
Neurofeedback devices were developed out of the discoveries from biofeedback. Our Heartmath is an example of biofeedback training. Heartmath monitors heart rate and breathing, and teaches us how to breath and how to calm our bodies and lower our heart rate. With biofeedback, we can control the input and output of the device.
With the development of Neurofeedback, neuroscientists discovered that measuring and tracking the brain’s electrical activity, or brainwaves, was meaningful to help identify unhealthy brain activity. Only recently has the speed of computing technology reached a level that neurofeedback devices can run at the speed of the brain, actively tracking brain waves and giving the information back to the brain in real time. The brain then recognizes its own feedback and begins the natural process of self-correction. Neurofeedback is not dependent on active participation other than listening and or watching a screen.