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What Is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a therapy that utilizes a computer-based program that assesses brainwave activity and provides immediate feedback. The program uses signals to reorganize and retrain brainwaves to treat neurological and mental health disorders. Neurofeedback has been yielding positive results for many people with neurological symptoms.

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How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Neurofeedback works with a computer program similar to a video game. Sensors will be attached to your head, and you will watch pictures and listen to music while the computer gathers information about your brainwave frequencies. The computer program will then redirect your brainwaves toward the desired activity.

Neurofeedback is not an instant treatment. It requires regular visits to properly retrain your brain signals, but it has been proven to work. The results have been documented by scientific literature and thousands of licensed health professionals. Many times, patients can even begin to reduce their use of prescription medications.

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Conditions That Can Be Treated With Neurofeedback

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Brain injuries
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Chronic Pain
  • Addiction
  • And so many more!
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Brainwave Frequencies and What They Do

To better comprehend neurofeedback and how it works, it’s important to understand some of the different brainwave frequencies. Each frequency is responsible for different functions, and by redirecting those particular brainwaves, we can retrain the brain and alleviate many chronic neurological conditions. 



Frequency Range: 1-4 Hz

This brainwave is responsible for sleep, repair, deep consciousness, and complex problem-solving.



Frequency Range: 4-8 Hz

The Theta brainwave is responsible for creativity, insight, anxiety, depression, meditation, unconsciousness, and deep states.



Frequency Range: 8-13 Hz

Alpha brainwaves control alertness, readiness, meditation, and deep relaxation


Lower Alpha

Frequency Range: 8-10 Hz

This particular part of the Alpha brainwave is responsible for recalling.


Upper Alpha

Frequency Range: 10-13 Hz

The Upper Alpha range is responsible for optimizing cognitive performance. 


SMR (Sensorimotor Rhythm)

Frequency Range: 13-15 Hz

This range of brainwaves controls mental alertness and physical relaxation.



Frequency Range: 15-20 Hz

Beta brainwaves are linked to focusing, thinking, tension, alertness, excitement, and sustained attention.


High Beta 

Frequency Range: 20-32 Hz

The High Beta range is connected to intensity, hyperalertness, and anxiety. 



Frequency Range: 32-100 Hz (40 being optimal)

The Gamma range is responsible for learning, cognitive processing, problem-solving tasks, mental sharpness, brain activity, and organization of the brain. 

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The Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins

At the Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins, we approach each individual, as just that, an individual. We create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve an overall better quality of life. We treat the whole body, not just the symptoms, which is what sets us apart.

We always begin treatment by assessing each patient's overall health, lifestyle, and their concerns. We start with lab work to learn about your needs and create a plan of action from there. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, migraines, or addiction, neurofeedback therapy may be able to help you. If you’ve tried everything else and are losing hope, please don’t. We can help! Contact the Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins for a consultation and to learn more about neurofeedback.

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”

Today you can begin to get on the road to health. Start by reaching out to our new patient coordinator. 


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