Brain training using biofeedback for treating PTSD

Researchers recently discovered that brain training could be effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study published in the NeuroImage journal shows that neurofeedback consisting of individuals regulate their own brain activity with bioresonance assistance can be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD.

Brain cells communicate through electric impulses and the state of connectivity can significantly affect clarity, emotions and mood. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) disrupts healthy neuro-communication.

Neurofeedback uses a system called a neurofeedback loop in which a person’s brain activity is measured through sensors placed on the scalp and displayed back to them using a computer interface. This allows the individual to complete exercises and visually see the results.

For the study, the team tested neurofeedback with a total of 72 participants, including 36 participants with PTSD and 36 healthy control participants. Of those with PTSD, 18 were randomized to participate in neurofeedback treatment while the other 18 were used as a comparison group.

The study found that the severity of PTSD symptoms decreased in participants randomized to receive neurofeedback treatment.

They found that individuals with PTSD experienced positive changes in brain connectivity in the salience network and the default mode network following neurofeedback treatment.

IANS researchers: “Neurofeedback could offer an accessible and effective treatment option for individuals with PTSD. The treatment is easily scalable for implementation in rural areas and even at home”.