Benefits and Risks of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback, as methods of treatment have been around for over 30 years, although it has gained attention mostly in the past few years. It has been used to treat variety of conditions which appear to be associated with irregular brain activity including attention deficit disorder with and without hyperactivity. The procedure has also shown promise with certain behavioral disorders, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, minor head injury and seizure disorder. In the reported research most subjects benefit from neurofeedback to some extent. Nonetheless, no representation is made that every client will improve from training.
In regards to risks or harm, there is no evidence, either from our experience or from the literature and research, that treatment is harmful. It in non-invasive and painless. Some clients have reported that training seemed to cause a temporary worsening in some symptoms including feeling more anxious, more distractible, having more difficulty sleeping, etc. Typically, these problems resolve quickly and on their own. It is very important that you keep us informed of any changes or negative effects, even if they seem unconnected, so that training can be modified for you.