Biofeedback/Neurofeedback has been celebrated to be a well-known, easy and a pain free treatment of Fibromyalgia for ages. This treatment aside from being free from any negative effects on the patient being treated, also allows a person to learn new methods of obtaining self control. As simple as it sounds, self control through this therapy is defined using a very plain technique. The brain waves of a person suffering from fibromyalgia are studied for a defined period of time and then a criterion for diminishing the ailment if sketched out accordingly.
Putting it straight, Biofeedback/Neurofeedback basically aims at giving a conscious control over the brain waves. The initial session of this modality, which aims at collection of data related to the patient requires 1-2 hours typically. It however, might take longer depending upon how severe an ailment is. Traditionally, electrodes are attached to the patient's scalp and earlobes for taking down the measurements. The Neuropractitioner, who is capable of the defined locations, where the electrodes should be placed then attaches the electrodes to a computer at the other end. This is used to translate the entire activity one project. The pattern on the screen usually is taken down as the key factor in analyzing the condition of the patient. The brain wave activity; pattern, during Biofeedback/Neurofeedback is generally displayed in the form of vibration, video or sound. Thus, the therapist improves the brainwaves attending to any of these three forms. The patient being treated learns to bring about a change in the brainwaves with the passage of time and this is how he/she is rewarded.
The significant changes that Biofeedback/Neurofeedback has on Fibromyalgia too, have been studied to an extent in the past. When it is said that this modality treats Fibromyalgia, it usually refers to many symptoms related to it; for instance, anxiety, depression, short term memory loss, chronic pain and sleep disorders, etc. although, the whole process sounds pretty complex, several people have been able to perform Biofeedback/Neurofeedback at home with the help of proper equipment that is available at specified outlets only. Interested pupil start with training equipment at first, which helps them learn how to handle the equipment and get on with their work. The home set-up contains a computer for display, a helmet with electrodes attached to it or separate electrodes (which might be a bit strange to fix for a newbie). At the same time, some home treatments include the popular video game sessions as a Biofeedback/Neurofeedback treatment. This method makes the person being treated play with a specified character in the game. The character therefore depicts the brainwaves by the performance given by the player. The better the performance, the faster and improved the game becomes. Vice versa, If the brainwave pattern is weak and needs some push, the game would be comparatively slower with a not-so-good performance. Nonetheless, it should be taken into account that an improper performance of Biofeedback/Neurofeedback can result in causing side effects. The main reason for this is the patterns which are taught to a person during a single session. As the brain is capable of learning which consequently results in a change in brain wave pattern, the changes that take place are thought to be permanent. Thus, the practitioner of Biofeedback/Neurofeedback should master the skills before performing the procedure rather than experimenting.