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Neurofeedback as a Catalyst for Maturation in Rehabilitation
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Futurehealth Plenary Talk by Len Ochs We are used to thinking of neurofeedback from an interventionist point of view, in which we shape the EEG. Another viewpoint is that once a person is impaired, the individual is unable to proceed by him or herself through the maturation process to regain function. Neurofeedback acts as a releaser mechanism to permit normal maturation of function by blocking the neurochemical defenses that were erected to protect the brain. Instead, however, these neurochemical defenses interfere with normal functioning. It is the brain?s seeking of normalcy that is catalyzed by neurofeedback, for which we are the midwives.
We are used to thinking of neurofeedback from an interventionist point of view, in which we shape the EEG. Another viewpoint is that once a person is impaired, the individual is unable to proceed by him or herself through the maturation process to regain function. Neurofeedback acts as a releaser mechanism to permit normal maturation of function by blocking the neurochemical defenses that were erected to protect the brain. Instead, however, these neurochemical defenses interfere with normal functioning; and the brain of the chronically impaired is unable to refresh its own neurochemistry - a failure of evolution. It is the brain's seeking of normalcy that is catalyzed by neurofeedback. We are there to help the brain do what it wants to do, by doing as little as we can to support it, and as little as we can to impede its recovery.

 


Author: Len Ochs

Len Ochs is a psychologist in private practice, having done biofeedback since 1975 and psychotherapy since 1966. He is considered one of the pioneers in biofeedback especially in the area of instrumentation development.

Other Products by Len Ochs

1) The Photonic Stimulator as an Adjunct to Neurofeedback
2) How to reduce treatment time with neurotherapy
3) Head Injury

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