Interactive computer games and tech apps can be utilized in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training.
Instead of a pro-controller, trainees use their mind and body to control the play. Elite sports people and musicians (especially vocalists) use neurofeedback as peak performance training. Others with more clinical presentations use bio and neurofeedback to assist with managing their mental health symptoms.
As part of SALTIE’s commitment to providing innovative, evidence-based experiences to clients, we are currently developing a Biofeedback and Neurofeedback station at the SALTIE clinic.
The goal of biofeedback is to improve how well you can regulate your body’s systems. Biofeedback can also be used in addressing the physiological components of stress, anxiety and coping. It also helps you establish a sense of control over your coping. Biofeedback uses electronic monitoring of your heart rate, muscle tension, respiration, and oximetry (for example). By feeding this information back to you – in real time via a computer monitor –you can learn to manage experiences that may previously have felt outside of your control (for example, anxiety or anger).
Neurofeedback is a specialized form of biofeedback requiring specialized and accredited training. It looks specifically at the brain activity via EEG monitoring. Electrodes are placed on the scalp, allowing your brainwave patterns to be examined by the psychologist. Your training program is designed specifically for you based on the mind map you produce during the assessment.
Neurotherapy is based on the contemporary theory of neuroplasticity – the idea that the brain has the ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.
Various mental health conditions include features that can respond to neurofeedback. Studies have examined neurofeedback in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), enuresis (bedwetting) and Trauma (including PTSD and disordered attachment) amongst quite a number of other conditions. Neurofeedback continues to provide promise as a treatment modality. It is used frequently in the US, particularly in care of returned service personnel and veterans.