Neurofeedback, a unique drugless approach to treating Brainwave Dysregulation
Now being offered to help treat ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Migraines, Chronic Pain, Sleep Disorders.
Used as an alternative method that is natural, proven successful, and helping patients of all ages, Neurofeedback is revolutionizing the scope of treatment for those suffering from ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Autism, Asperger’s, Depression, Insomnia, Learning Disorders, Memory Loss, Migraines, Peak Performance, and PTSD (and that’s just scratching the surface).
how braincore works
To help patients understand a bit more about BrainCore at Palm Beach Health Center, it’s quite simple: Neurofeedback focuses on the behavior of brainwaves (alpha, beta, theta, delta). When you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works.
Four distinct brainwaves produced by the brain (alpha, beta, theta and delta) occur specifically as certain situations arise. A brain that is healthy, regulated and functioning properly will produce these brainwaves at ideal levels and at the appropriate time.
If there is trauma or the nervous system is interrupted as a result of abnormalities (such as: subluxation, stress, allergic reactions, improper nutrition, sensitivities to food, side effects from drugs, drug abuse/trauma) the brainwave patterns become dysregulated, which can cause many different neurological conditions. Utilizing neurofeedback, it is possible to address these issues, making it so the brain can function optimally and efficiently.
Neurofeedback Begins with a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) evaluation. The QEEG is an assessment tool designed evaluate a person’s brainwave patterns. The procedure consists of placing a cap with small sensors over the scalp. These sensors will measure and record electrical activity (brainwaves). Note: no electrical current is put into the brain– only recorded.
A report is generated our doctor will assess to determine if there are abnormalities in brainwave patterns. Our doctor can then formulate an adequate treatment plan utilizing neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal.
example of a qeeg evaluation
Once the protocols are determined, the individual is hooked up to our computer to record their brainwave activity VIA sensors. Everything is noninvasive and it is important to again note that no electrical current is put into the brain. The sensors simply record the brainwaves coming from the brain. Information about these brainwaves is displayed on our doctors monitor.
braincore is fun?
Since this treatment is given in the form of a game, movie, or sound: BrainCore can be considered fun, sure. The scientifically designed software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals the patient that the brainwaves are becoming more ordered. Using multimedia and technology to help the brain operate more optimally and efficiently is fun and revolutionary.
the way it works
In the example below, this patient is watching a puzzle being filled in piece by piece. As the patient’s brainwaves are moving in an orderly direction, the puzzle pieces continue to connect and the patient hears a tone. If the brainwave patterns move away from an orderly pattern, then the puzzle will not get filled in and no tone is produced. Patients may also be asked to watch a DVD controlled by their ability to regulate their brainwaves. If they brainwaves are normalizing, it will get brighter. On the contrary, if they become disregulated: it will become too dark to enjoy.
The patient is actually controlling the completion of the puzzle with their brain and by doing so; the brain is learning how to regulate itself. As for the movie, the brain’s natural desire to watch the movie clearly will drive those neurological circuits that normalize the brainwaves and allow the picture to be visualized.
The more those circuits are driven and used – the more neuroplastic changes take hold. The patient learns how to use those new circuits during the demands of everyday life.