Updated: Jul 10
We invited Nick Bolhuis, our Director of Clinical Operations, to join our blog as a guest author. Nick has been a part of the Neuropeak team since 2006 and is a frequent presenter for the company – whether it be at a podcast or a TV interview, Nick is our go-to guy. Here, Nick explains the important distinction between biofeedback and neurofeedback.
The Difference Between Neurofeedback and Biofeedback
It’s easy to get confused when talking about biofeedback and neurofeedback. Many people might not be aware that there’s even a difference at all, and that the terms actually can’t be used interchangeably. But there are differences. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a very specific subset of biofeedback.
How Biofeedback Works
Biofeedback utilizes medical instruments to provide feedback. This allows an individual to gain control over their physiological activity for the purpose of improved health and performance. Biofeedback can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions including chronic pain, hypertension, stress, anxiety, along with other physiological conditions. The goal of any biofeedback program is to achieve long-term results and control over the symptoms that are being treated.
How Neurofeedback Works
Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, is a very specific protocol that is utilized to improve brainwave activity. EEG biofeedback can be especially useful for managing concerns with stress/anxiety, sleep, focus, mood, and more.
Neurofeedback is basically a reward system that teaches the brain how to function in a more optimal range. Neurofeedback training is entirely subconscious – and that’s exactly why it works. An individual who can’t sleep would gladly “think a happy thought” if it helped them get to sleep. Thinking happy thoughts will not bring your brainwaves into balance, though.
Through proper training, and the implementation of neurofeedback technology and methodology, the individual’s brain learns the proper range for a good night’s sleep. As with traditional biofeedback, the goal of neurofeedback training is to achieve long-term results and to improve those areas of concern.
How is Neurpeak Pro Different?
At Neuropeak Pro, we utilize both traditional biofeedback along with neurofeedback training methods. We’ve found that when biofeedback and neurofeedback are used independently of one another, many clients will see positive results. However, for optimal health and results, a combination of the methods is a necessity.
We also offer a wide array of lifestyle modifications to meet our clients where they are. We truly are on our clients' team and we do whatever we can to support them through their training.
To learn more about how Neuropeak Pro's unique training program could help you, give us a call at 800.600.4096.