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Are We Able To Reprogram Our Brains?

Updated on April 27, 2011

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Reprogram the Brain


Are we able to reprogram our brain waves? There are pain clinics that will use biofeedback to teach patients to handle pain that hasn’t responded to other therapies. So maybe this is possible.

 The EEG is the machine that measures the brain waves in a person’s brain usually after a stroke, seizure, or some other brain issue. This machine has given them lots of information about how the brain functions at different times and circumstances. It also tells the doctors if you have experienced a stroke, seizure, or some other problem in the brain.

 I believe I found out the reason for naming the machine that measures brain waves an EEG; that is because a few  would not be able to spell or pronounce the real name. The EEG stands for Electroencephalography.  The brain waves are registered by an Electroencephalogram. It is a valuable tool in diagnosing brain issues.

There are 5 types of brain waves:

1.       Delta waves which usually occurs during sleep in babies and adults. The Delta waves occur in adults who are in an unconscious state of mind or they are asleep with no dreams.

2.       Theta waves are when a person is a state of drowsiness or a deep state of relaxation, meditation, or visualization.

3.       Alpha waves are brought on just by closing our eyes and relaxing. These waves are seen when you are asleep and dreaming, when you are calm and content, when you are day dreaming, and when you are experiencing creativity.

4.       Beta waves are brought on by day to day activities in a normal waking state. They are also brought on by stress, anxiousness, thinking, busy activities, and problem solving.

5.       Gamma waves are brought on during higher mental activity and processing information.

There are billions of neurons (brain cells) that use electricity to communicate with each other. An EEG can detect brain wave patterns sent by the combination of billions of neurons all at once which produce a large amount of electrical activity in the brain.

Most of the time we use the beta brain rhythm. When we slow the brain rhythm to alpha, we are in the best condition to learn new languages, learn new information, perform elaborate tasks, and participate in activities that enable a sense of calm. I need to remember to stay in the alpha brain rhythm.

There are many problems that have reportedly been helped by neurofeedback therapy. People with addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, migraine, generalized seizures, obsessive compulsive disorders, and anxiety disorders including worry have received the therapy. Very positive results from some patients make this type of therapy something to consider.

The neurofeedback therapy seems to be a safe non-invasive procedure that has no side effects. Although some patients reported that they were tired after the session, the therapist was able to adjust the therapy so that this did not happen again. There were comments that the neurofeedback therapy was comfortable for them and enjoyable.

 Neurofeedback therapy can be costly because treatment can range from $90-$150 for each session. In some cases, health insurance may reimburse you for some part of the therapy fees.

This seems to be a therapy that is worthwhile when all other therapies fail. You can request references from the therapy clinic. Your family physician can be a wealth of information and will probably recommend a reputable therapy facility.





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    • anidae profile imageAUTHOR

      Anita Adams 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      I think you are right, asianlight. It will be interesting to find out.Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      7 years ago from England

      An interesting hub! It's something I'd like to learn more about. I assume there are ways that we can get into Alpha wave speed without paying a practitioner though, such as listening to soothing music and meditating.


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