Neurotherapy provides a unique drugless approach to treating neurological based conditions including ADD/ADHD, Headaches, Migraines, Learning Disorders, Memory Loss Associated with Aging, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, and Insomnia, just to name a few.
Neurofeedback is a painless brain retraining process that uses sophisticated technology to achieve significant, measurable results and provide relief of various neurological/Psychological conditions. Neurofeedback permanently alters the active landscape of the brain, enabling children with developmental disorders to think, feel and respond differently because they are using their brain in a more effective manner.
How It Evolved
Neurofeedback is a promising technology dating back to the 1960‘s, that was derived from the combined fields of neurology and psychology. Researchers studying brainwave (EEG) patterns, found that symptoms related to many common disorders (i.e. ADHD, anxiety, epilepsy, depression) were associated with specific patterns of abnormal brain wave activity. When using a feedback loop, studies showed that patients could reliably and significantly alter or retrain their brainwave patterns. Thus, the field of neurofeedback was born.
How It Works
Using a QEEG (quantitative electroencephalography), clinicians first obtain detailed baseline information regarding activity levels in each area of the brain. To gather this data, patients briefly wear a “swim cap” that houses 19 leads, that painlessly read different areas of the brain. These leads hold sensors which loop back to the computer, registering the specific levels of activity. The totality of these readings produces what is called a brain map, specific to the individual patient.
Once the QEEG is analyzed, a protocol is chosen based upon the patient’s specific brain map. The neurotherapist identifies specific parameters for brain waves to meet and inputs them into the computer system. Patients then have sensors placed on their head at the training sites associated with their areas of dysfunction. While viewing a video/DVD of choice, patients must maintain the brainwave states as defined by the neurotherapist to keep the video from fading (operant conditioning). When the brainwaves fall into the given parameters, the screen brightens (reward). When the brainwaves move beyond the parameters, the movie dims. Thus, a feedback loop in created, reinforcing positive shifts in brainwave activity time and time again, creating new neuropathways.