Explained - What is Neurofeedback?

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Neurofeedback Therapy begins with a map of the brain.

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test used to track, record, and evaluate the electrical activity aka energy in the brain. Brain cells communicate with each other through electrical impulses that create waves.  During the procedure, electrodes consisting of small metal discs with thin wires are placed onto your scalp using a head cap (looks like a swimmer’s cap). The electrodes detect tiny electrical charges that result from the activity of your brain cells. The EEG test can detect abnormalities in your brain waves, or in the general activity of your brain. This test is essential to creating a brain map (qEEG). Brain maps are non-invasive, require no drugs, and are pain-free.

Neurofeedback Therapy Sessions - patterns and repetition

Neurofeedback Therapy protocols are designed specifically for the clients brain based on the information and analysis captured in the bran map. Individual circumstances, current state of wellbeing and medical history are taken into consideration. The training protocols will target the cortex's of the brain that are most needing support and regulation. A consistent feedback loop is offered through visual and auditory stimulus using patterns and repetition that are direct, real time responses to brain wave activity. When the brain is actively participating in the training exercise and moving towards the goal (normal range electrical activity) the feedback loop will offer a reward. The human brain loves sensory stimulus and is always working to comprehend and define information in order to correct and create the most direct transmission of energy through neurotransmitter activity. The brain and nervous system predictably respond to the instrumental, operant conditioning offered via neurofeedback training. Our brain and nervous system are built through repetitious patterns and experience. Via that same human design we are able to use neurofeedback to rewire electrical systems and patterns within the brain and body.

What to Expect:

Brain Map qEEG

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A brain map is assessed before starting neurofeedback sessions. Follow up brain maps are completed throughout the client’s care plan and once the care plan has ended to measure overall progress.

 

Through EEG, the system scans 10 different locations of the brain, measuring the electrical impulses or energy of the brain. The map measures delta, alpha, theta, and beta brainwaves for each area of the brain (frontal, central, parietal, temporal, and occipital). Clients wear an EEG cap that resembles a swim cap, with gel put into each sensor. The process takes about 20 minutes.

 

The data collected is converted into clear and easy to understand reports with visual info graphs that show wave patterns throughout the brain. From the brain map, protocols and algorithms are developed for the brain's specific needs. These protocols are then used during neurofeedback sessions to train and exercise the brain. The brain map uncovers which areas of the brain need more attention than others and where root problems may be stemming. 

 

Cori interprets the initial brain map and goes over the results with her clients before starting neurofeedback.

The EEG is the most accurate tool available for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the brain. It takes the guesswork out of the assessment process and provides a concise plan of action to get you on your path to wellness.

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What to Expect:

Neurofeedback Session

Neurofeedback is beneficial for people of all ages 3 and up. 

Neurofeedback sessions are a casual and comfortable experience. You just sit back and relax for 30 minutes while watching a movie or listening to the music of your choice. 

The Clear Mind system uses a 2 lead system incorporating all four brainwaves into each training session. Two electrodes are attached to your scalp that monitors your brainwaves during the session. When irregular brain wave patterns are detected, a response is triggered by the software that pauses or dims the video and music. This response will automatically cause your brain to focus and try another method, which will move your brainwaves into normal ranges. With repetition of this process over multiple sessions, your brain can learn to stay within healthy ranges on its own.

Because every person is unique, the number of sessions needed to reach your desired state of wellness will vary. Age, health, mental and physical history, current challenges and needs will be considered after intake and review of your brain map. A care plan can be recommended at this time. Results can vary depending on life circumstances that take place during care. More sessions may be required to achieve desired results.

Generally, 20, 40 or 60 sessions are needed for neurofeedback results to become permanent.  There may be noticeable symptomatic relief after the first session. Results typically build between the first and tenth session and continue to produce a positive ripple effect as the sessions progress.
 

It is important to complete enough sessions to ensure that brain wave behavior is locked in and you will have consistent and lasting benefits. A minimum of 20 sessions is required except in the case of young children. A brain map can be generated at any time between sessions so that you can visually see the progress your brain is making.

Sessions will be booked weekly, up to 3 times per week at 45 minutes to an hour per session. Your additional session time with Cori can consist of check-ins about your emotional needs and well being, progress, dietary and herbal supplement support, and wellness coaching.