Just as physical exercise can strengthen muscles, neurofeedback, also known as brainwave training, can strengthen the brain, resulting in more integration, balance, self-awareness and an increased ability to learn new skills, as well as a greater ability to handle stress.

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive and enjoyable process in which brainwaves are monitored in real time and integrated into a feedback protocol to produce positive changes in the brain’s bioelectrical activity, helping the brain to make needed adjustments to its own function. At the subconscious level, neurofeedback encourages better balance between the different frequency bands of brain activity while the conscious brain watches a movie or listens to music.

Individuals that experience a sense of overwhelm, difficulty with sleep, focus, anxiety, brain fog, emotional balance or addiction are exhibiting symptoms of stress overload. Stress is a normal part of daily life, and it’s actually a vital part of being alive. However, when stress outweighs the ability to cope, neurofeedback can an offer an innovative way to address the negative effects of stress.

More than 1,000 studies have been published related to neurofeedback and biofeedback. Multiple studies of animal and human subjects in peer-reviewed journals have shown that brainwaves can be changed through operant conditioning used in neurofeedback, reducing symptoms for seizures, migraines, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactive disorder, post-traumatic syndrome disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression and more.

Katie Packwood is a nutritional therapy practitioner who offers neurofeedback at the Energetic Health Center of Boise, located at 1003 N. Orchard St. For more information or a free consultation, call 208-713-1064 or 208-376-3113 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit NeuroFeedbackBoise.com.