bi·o·feed·back, noun “the use of electronic monitoring of a normally automatic bodily function in order to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function”
Types of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is a science of measuring brainwaves on an EEG and feeding that information back to the brain so it can learn to better regulate itself. At Brain and Body Solutions, we are proud to offer a variety of neurofeedback training assessments, analyses, and training protocols. We determine which system and type of training is the most effective based upon our over 20 years combined clinical experience. We utilize various manufacturers and systems including: NeuroGuide NF2, NeuroField pEMF, BrainAvatar, Coben Coherence Protocols, BrainMaster, BrainCore, BioExplorer, Synapse, and HeartMath.
By using sensors on various parts of the scalp, we can see the brainwave amplitudes in real time. If the brain has become stuck in an unhealthy pattern of making too much or too little of certain brainwaves, we can ask it to change that pattern and give it a reward when it does that task. It is a type of brain exercise and a learning modality. Over a course of treatments, the brain quickly learns how to better self-regulate and restore balance and flexibility. This better allows for adaptation to stress and better function and performance. It is typically performed with 1, 2 or 4 sensors/channels.
This type of training requires wearing a QEEG cap with 19 sensors or channels rather than individual sensors. By using 19 Channels, we can either train the surface of the brain by training all locations at the same time using Z-Scores, or we can create a 3 dimensional image and train deep brain structures with sLORETA training.
Z-Scores are statistical data which help us determine how your brain performs compared to what has been established as “normal.” A normative database is a collection of data from the brains of thousands of individuals thought to be of normal functioning in the same sex and age groups as you. This tells us if you are average, high, or low in certain frequencies compared to the norm. It can be seen as training into a balanced or comfortable brain state.
LORETA (Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography) uses a full 19 sensor cap array. We are able to create a 3-D functional map of the brain, enabling us to train any number of surface or deep brain areas known as Brodman areas. We can train entire networks (brain highways), coherence (connectivity), processing speed (phase) and more; these are all crucial factors in optimum brain functioning.
Alpha-Theta is a unique type of neurofeedback performed while eyes are closed rather than open. It is often called Deep States by practitioners for its similarities to hypnosis. Its main purpose is to create lasting changes in your life by helping you resolve deep issues in your subconscious mind. This type of training often makes you feel like you are floating in a dream state without allowing you to fall asleep. It is typically used for trauma, sleep disorders, peak performance, addiction, and spiritual growth.
NeuroField is a type of energy biofeedback using pEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy). Remembering that we are systems composed of chemicals, electricity, and magnetic fields, this therapy is used to add energy for healing into the mind-body system through the magnetic field. The human body emits a field of energy that exists outside the body. The NeuroField uses a tiny electric field much less than your headphones, does not induce any current into the brain, but rather pulses very low frequency through magnets into the external field.
Over 20 years of research has told us that it is the quality of the emotion that affects how our body responds. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex information-processing center with its own functional brain. Utilizing HeartMath emWave technology, we measure the beat-to-beat changes in heart rate, called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV training reduces stress, improves health, enhances focus, improves interpersonal communication, and increases creativity. It brings balance into your being to improve your interactions with others which in turn improves your relationships. It is often a precursor to neurofeedback to create coherence of the heart and emotions as well as increase oxygenation of the brain.