Brainwaves

Starting With Neurofeedback

A comprehensive assessment is where neurofeedback therapy begins. The assessment allows the practitioner to determine whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from a neuro-typical individual of the same age and gender. Based on your brain map results, we then create a restorative plan of care. Each assessment provides us with neurofeedback training protocols. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns towards normal levels. The result of rebalancing these brain waves restores health, healing and functionality for lasting results.

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Read Your Mind

No, we can not read your mind or thoughts but we are able to find patterns of dysregulation that perhaps lead to crippling and intrusive negative thoughts or images.

Frequency Band & Areas Of The Brain To Train

12The qEEG-report is the assessment process that allows us to determine the brain wave patterns by gathering information about the electrical activity of specific locations of the brain. To do this, we place what looks like a swim cap with a number of sensors on your head to measure the brain wave activity of the various frequency bands. This is done with the client sitting quietly with his or her eyes closed for approximately 12 minutes and then with eyes open for an additional 12 minutes. Our equipment will then analyze this information and generate a series of images that will identify which areas of the brain may be too active or not active enough. This is called a Brain Map. The Brain Map provides an invaluable overview of what is going on in the brain and will be used in conjunction with information provided by the client to develop the training plan.

Neurofeedback Process

Sensors are placed on the head and ears to record the brainwave activity. High-tech equipment amplifies the electrical impulses and breaks them into the four key frequency bands. Using sophisticated computer software the client undergoes a customized and specific protocol to address the individual’s unique needs. During the session the Neurofeedback Clinician views the raw EEG signal as well as the chosen frequency bands.  Other the other hand the Client is watching a video or listening to sound/music. The audio and visuals fades in and out depending on whether or not the brain meetings its assigned goals.

Neurofeedback Working

Neurofeedback takes advantage of the brain’s ability to change itself through a process known as Neuroplasticity. It utilizes the same learning process that occurs whenever we acquire a new skill. The brain learns by forming connections between nerve cells and utilizing important pathways that connect different locations in the brain. The more frequently you utilize these pathways the better the brain becomes at performing the associated task. In psychology, this type of leaning is called “Operant Conditioning”. It is a type of learning in which responses come to be controlled by their consequences. Quite simply, Neurofeedback offers the perfect learning conditions, since it facilitates awareness of when the brain is producing healthier brainwave patterns, provides reinforcement for the positive change and multiple opportunities to provide practice during a training session.

Understand Your Brain

Understand the symptoms that may be associated with specific brainwave imbalances.

Delta/Theta Imbalance

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Focus and Attention Issues
  • ADHD
  • Socially Inappropriate
  • Easily distracted
  • Excessive Speech
  • Disorganized
  • Hyper-emotional
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Dementia
  • Learning Disorders
  • Autism / Asperger’s

Alpha Imbalance

  • Depression
  • Victim Mentality
  • Excessive Self Concern
  • Passive Aggressive
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance Behavior
  • Rumination
  • Anger
  • Self-Deprecation
  • Agitation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Withdrawal Behavior

Beta Imbalance

  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Migraine
  • Tension Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive Thinking
  • Excessive Rationalization
  • Poor Emotional Self-awareness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Worry
  • Chronic Pain
  • Hyper-vigilant
  • Dislike Change
  • Restless

Types Of Brain Processing

What Does it Mean – Slow, Idle, Fast?

Slow Processing

The brain produces consistently higher magnitudes of delta and theta waves when it is in a slow processing state such as when it is relaxed or in deep sleep. Delta represents the slowest processing speed. Delta frequency is 1-4Hz, while theta frequency is 4-7Hz. Theta waves are produced consistently during deep relaxation.

Idle Processing

The brain produces consistently higher magnitudes of alpha waves when the brain is in an idle state. This is why alpha is sometimes referred to as the idle brainwave.  Alpha represents a slightly faster processing speed (8-12Hz). When the brain is healthy and well regulated, it produces more alpha waves on the right than on the left side.

Fast Processing

The brain produces consistently higher magnitudes of beta waves when the brain is externally focused, alert, involved in critical reasoning, thought and concentration. Beta represents the fastest processing speed (12-30Hz) and when the brain is well regulated, it produces more beta waves on the left than on the right side.