What Is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback literally means “brain” and “input”, where the brain is monitored and input is given instantly. Neurofeedback specifically monitors brainwaves, looks for irregularities, then produces a signal that is designed to correct the irregularity and guide the brainwave back into a healthy pattern. With repetition of this process over time, the brain will learn to stay in healthy ranges without the aid of the computer. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which in turn can reduce or eliminate most neurological symptoms.
How does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback uses audio and visual cues to change timing and activation patterns in the brain. It does not target any condition, but instead slowly guides your brain back to normal ranges, reconnecting the neural pathways that have been disconnected. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which in turn impacts a variety of symptoms.
What is NeuroIntegration Training? How is it Different?
NeuroIntegration Training is the same as neurofeedback, but with some enhancements. In my practice, I use the Professional Clear Mind System for NeuroIntegration Training (Neurofeedback).
What makes the Clear Mind Neurofeedback system different?
The Clear Mind system uses photic stimulation technology to improve the neurofeedback process. The glasses help stimulate the brain and trigger the system more accurately. This results in a better session and can increase results. The Clear Mind System is unique in offering this technology with its neurofeedback system.
What Type Of Input Is Used?
The signal source varies based on the system used, but it usually involves audio or video of the patient’s choosing. The process is so easy, a patient can actually get better just by listening to their favorite music or watching their favorite videos. The process is non-invasive, requires no drugs and is pain free.
Who can benefit from Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback can work on anyone, no matter the age. All that is required is the ability to focus on the audio or video stimulation. Any neurological condition that involves irregular brainwaves can be targeted and improved with neurofeedback.
The following neurological conditions have been proven to be clinically responsive to neurofeedback:
- ADD / ADHD
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Brain Injury
- Chronic Pain
- Epilepsy / Seizures
- Lyme Disease
- Memory Loss
- OCD / Tourrette’s
- Stress / PTSD
- Sleep Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Alzheimer’s Disease
The incredible plasticity of the brain allows for change and brain function improvement for this wide spectrum of issues.
The goal of NeuroIntegration Training is to slowly guide your brain back into normal, healthy ranges and reconnect neural pathways that have been disconnected. NIT works with your individual brain map, and does not diagnose.
What does the process of Neurofeedback with
the Clear Mind System look like?
The process begins with an initial brain mapping to determine the functionality of different areas of your brain. Once the mapping is done, the results are sent to the Clear Mind Center database to determine the customized protocol for your neurofeedback sessions. You will be provided with a detailed report and your individual brain map.
During your subsequent 30-minute sessions, the brain is retrained to function optimally. The sessions entail watching a movie or show of your choice on a computer with your customized protocol as determined by the results of your brain mapping. The minimum number of sessions recommended is 20, and difficult conditions like TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) may require more.
Althought not required, psychotherapy is a good support during the NIT process. Memories and feelings surface as the brain heals, and clients can benefit from counseling to develop new coping skills, and to discuss what is happening for them. Parents and families of children that are receiving NIT may want support as their child goes through the process of positive brain changes.
What is the time commitment for NeuroIntegration Training?
The initial brain mapping takes about 45 minutes. The sessions are 30 minutes each.
Decades of Research
Over 1,000 studies have been published related to neurofeedback and biofeedback. The early animal research, which has been validated in many peer-reviewed journals since the 1970s, showed: that brainwaves can be changed through operant conditioning, and that seizures are reduced with EEG training. These studies were originally done in the 1960’s using cats with no chance of placebo effects. Since the 1970’s research has been verified in human studies, and based on decades of additional research on humans of all ages the basis for neurofeedback has become extremely solid.
How do I know if I could benefit from NeuroIntegration Training?
In addition to the conditions that are listed above, you may have questions about your particular issue. I offer a free consultation to determine if NeuroIntegration Training is right for you. Call Michele at 720.445.6495.