Neurofeedback and Biofeedback for Adults
Neurofeedback is a drug-free procedure that identifies and changes a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, infertility, autistic-spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, epilepsy, and addiction, as well as stroke and brain injury. This list is quite extensive.
Connect My Brain utilizes two methods for evaluating your current state of brain health. What does that mean? Brain health is flexibility in your thoughts, physical actions, and function. There are many brain waves known today. There should be a flexible tone, allowing us to move in and out of each wave throughout our daily encounters. However, because we often experience stressful situations, it is possible for our brain tone to become “stuck”. When there is a chronic, or a long-lasting, change in tone, it literally affects the function of our body, our emotional outlook, and physical abilities. Often times we can make a shift for ourselves and begin to move forward again. However, sometimes we cannot. When we are not able to do this for ourselves, Neurofeedback sessions help us to regain the flexibility necessary in our brain tone. As a result, we can break the “stuck” pattern and restore health.
Our services include a “Stress Response Evaluation” (SRE) and a Brain Mapping. The SRE is an effective and accurate method of measuring your physiological stress response. It is a 12-minute, non-invasive, computerized test, using an instrument found in research facilities around the world. Sensors are attached to your skin in such areas as your shoulder muscles, the top of your head, and your hands. There are no needles or any form of skin penetration. From this computerized test, we can compare your neurological response and recovery to four types of stress challenges.
The test evaluates the brain’s influences on Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability, Skin Conduction, Temperature, Respiration, and Muscle Responses. The SRE is an instrumental tool in determining your personal recovery protocol. This test measures your ability to have balance between Sympathetics and Parasympathetics, or the Autonomic Nervous System. Sympathetics are thought to be the “fight-or-flight” mechanism and Parasympathetics is the ability of the body to relax, in order to sleep, digest, eliminate, and reproduce.
Heart Rate Variability looks at the heart rate between inhalation and exhalation. Inhalation is equivalent to sympathetics and exhalation is equivalent to parasympathetics. So every time you inhale, the process of filling the lungs is controlled by sympathetics, and every time you exhale the parasympathics regulates this process. The balance is essential to neurological function.
The second evaluation is known as a “Clinical Q”. The Clinical Q assessment is based on Dr. Swingle’s research and years of clinical experience. The Clinical Q identifies the precise nature and location of the neurological condition(s) in five critical regions. The Clinical Q requires about 6 minutes of recording time. Client reports of symptoms are generally not required, but clients are encouraged to elaborate on conditions identified in the Clinical Q and, of course, to reveal any condition that the Clinical Q might not have shown. Clients are surprised by the rapidity and remarkable accuracy of the procedure and impressed that therapy actually commences during the initial intake.
Brain Mapping begins with the measurement of brain waves, using a QEEG assessment. Specific brain-wave frequencies are associated with certain physical and mental states. For example if the brain produces excessive delta waves in the frontal lobe an individual may experience foggy thinking, chronic pain, concentration and forgetfulness. When an adult is experiencing too much delta it may be very difficult to focus or pay attention.
Following the assessment, a neurofeedback plan is created. Neurofeedback is a practice in self-regulation. If an individual is struggling to focus, the practice of neurofeedback creates the time and place to regain control. The practice of neurofeedback usually requires 40 sessions. Neurofeedback EEG leads are placed on various places on the brain. The brain communicates with various placements in order to establish rhythmic communication throughout the entire brain.
The goal in neurofeedback is to use your own brain’s activity as a form of therapy to exercise the ability to self-regulate your thoughts and body. Neurofeedback is something that you are designed to do. However, when you are “stuck”, you simply have temporarily lost the ability to do it on your own. Neurofeedback is a real-time therapy allowing you to reconnect to yourself.
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