Brainwave biofeedback utilizes scalp sensors to track brain waves using an EEG (electroencephalograph). This helps to measure how a patient’s brainwaves change in response to certain actions. It can be useful in determining which actions or thoughts produce brainwaves that indicate stress or relaxation, allowing the patient to regulate their behavior and thought patterns to produce relaxation rather than anxiety.
HOW does it work?
Brainwave biofeedback is a therapeutic process during which patients actually learn to change the patterns of their brainwaves. This practice has proven extremely beneficial in reducing stress, inducing relaxation, and eliminating the unhealthy impact that high-stress levels have on the central nervous system and the brain. In fact, the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College in London found that over eighty percent of studies that assessed biofeedback therapy found a significant reduction in negative symptoms in patients who underwent biofeedback. Biofeedback therapy has been proven successful in reducing stress, anxiety, physical and mental tension, and depression. Seeing as many relapses back into active addiction begin with an inability to effectively deal with stress and other unfavorable emotions, the capacity to regulate such feelings as they arise is truly invaluable. There are several types of biofeedback used in addiction therapy, as listed below: