Neuroscience: The Future of Eating Disorder Treatments

Monday, Sep 19  •  


As one of the top eating-disorder treatment facilities in the country, Avalon Hills is committed to helping our clients achieve success through the use of every scientifically proven method available. This includes employing the latest biofeedback and neurofeedback technologies to better understand each individual’s unique needs and ideal treatment approach, as well as treat some of the underlying issues often connected to eating disorders.

Biofeedback and neurofeedback involve using precise, painless instruments to measure an individual’s physiological activity including brain waves, muscle tension, heart rate, skin temperature, and breathing. This information can help people recognize how their bodies are reacting and functioning in relation to certain circumstances and thought patterns. When combined with other forms of treatment and therapy, biofeedback can help people learn to better control their body’s physical response to certain stressors.

Upon arrival at Avalon Hills, every client is given a quantitative electroencephalograph (qEEG) exam, providing an individual map of the brain that’s then sent to the Center for the Advancement of Human Potential, one of the nation’s top facilities in the field of applied neuroscience. After examination by a neurologist and board-certified psychologist specializing in neurofeedback, these experts offer initial treatment recommendations and continue to confer with the on-site treatment team at Avalon Hills throughout each client’s personalized program.

Our state-of-the-art biofeedback and neurofeedback technologies include:


Brainpaint uses a mix of auditory and visual elements linked to brain-wave sensors to help train individuals to maintain a state of relaxed attentiveness in the present moment.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training

This technology monitors heart rhythms during interactive games and exercises that help people better control their automatic physiological response to certain situations. Learn more at heartmath.com.


EEG Biofeedback is a therapy method linking interactive games and displays to brain-wave activity. This helps train the brain to better utilize ideal frequency ranges and avoid others associated with negative thought patterns.


Muse is a meditation aid that gives real-time feedback on brain activity during guided thought activities. Regular meditation can help train the body and brain to respond more effectively to stress, along with other benefits.

Avalon Hills is proud to be one of the few eating-disorder facilities to utilize the latest bio- and neurofeedback technologies. We combine all of these methods with other individual, family, and group therapy methods to develop individualized treatment programs and give the people under our care the best possible chance of achieving sustainable long-term success. Contact us today to learn more about how Avalon Hills uses applied neuroscience to help our clients.