Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity.
It has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in certain areas of the brain. Case studies using QEEG “brain maps” have shown that people with Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer depression have elevated alpha brainwaves. Those with anxiety will have elevated beta brainwaves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brainwaves.
Neurofeedback uses small electrodes that are attached to the head using paste. Our NeuroIntergration software records the brain waves and displays the data. During this time, the patient is watching a movie or listening to music. The software compares the incoming brainwaves to that of an optimal brainwave in the target range. If the brainwaves deviate from normal ranges, it triggers the audio or video to fade. The brain automatically detects this and refocuses itself back into the proper range. This process is repeated hundreds of time per session, which usually last 30 minutes apiece.
Through operant conditioning, the brain is rewarded when the audio or video returns to normal. Eventually the brain learns to stay in the healthy ranges without the reward stimulus, and is able to sustain normal activity independent of the computer. This is achieved by reconnecting functional pathways in the brain.
Neurofeedback sessions take place after a Brain Map has been done. The brain map is an important tool we use to evaluate your brainwaves and identify opportunities to improve communication between various regions of the brain. The brain map creates a visual representation for each lobe of the brain and each specific brain wave (Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta) Also included is an analysis page, which indicates the presence of a particular symptom, and a suggested protocol for training the patient’s brain back into normal ranges.