Neurofeedback: A Form of Biofeedback
Neurofeedback is known by several names, including
neurotherapy and EEG biofeedback. As the latter name
implies, it’s a type of biofeedback.
Biofeedback is described by the National Institute of
Mental Health as “a treatment technique in which people
are trained to improve their health by using signals from
their own bodies.” The signals are detected by electrodes
attached to the body to measure heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, skin temperature, or other functions. A biofeedback machine monitors these signals and
displays the results for both the trained practitioner and
the patient to see. With this information, the practitioner
can teach a patient to alter these bodily functions by relaxing or by bringing pleasant images to mind.