Neurofeedback: Managing Brain Irregularities with Video Games
It has long been hypothesized that playing video games causes brain irregularities by isolating the player from the real world and in so doing reducing him to a measly twitching, reflexive zombie. These views could be justified. But what if we could transform this very same player into a meditative truth-seeker? By playing a video game, an individual could learn to find and control his own inner peace (with the help of a sensei, of course). Could this cause of brain dysfunction then be considered a cure? Amazingly, such an approach to healing exists today in the form of Neurofeedback.
The Link Between Neurofeedback and Video Games
Neurofeedback emphasizes that we can be trained to control our own brain waves. This is accomplished by pitting the therapy subject against his or her own brain in a video game EEG feedback loop. At East Village Chiropractic, the subject is instructed by Dr. Taras Odulak, (the aforementioned sensei) to attempt to move an object on the screen along a certain path. As the subject accomplishes this task, he teaches himself to modulate specific brain waves that ease the symptoms of whatever brain irregularity he suffers from. Consequently, he trains his brain to self-regulate more efficiently.
There are numerous examples of brain self-regulation failures. They include: Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Drug Addiction, Anxiety, Seizures, and Migraines, to name a few.
The challenge during the first session is to find the most comfortable and effective reward frequencies. Does the subject need to either increase the arousal state of his brain or decrease it? From there the therapist can hone in on which brain functions will be targeted and determine where the electrodes need to be placed. The subject’s brain waves then act as the drive impulse for the video game.
Can Neurofeedback treat the most common brain irregularities?
Many patients describe Neurofeedback as guided meditation because it is said to train your mind to be more resistant to stress responses and improve access to spiritual states, but it is not a cure for brain irregularities. In the case of organic brain disorders, the only goal is to coach the brain to function better.
So the next time someone tells you to “think happy thoughts” realize that accomplishing that task requires you to take control of your own brain waves. Yes, then you will become the sensei!
Schedule a Neurofeedback Treatment appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today and discover how training your brain will help you lead a more productive life.