What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a method of optimizing brain functioning through rebalancing of the brain’s electrical patterns. It is both non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical. The brain plays a vital role in managing our biopsychosocial functioning, and difficult symptoms can be seen in atypical brainwave patterns.Targeting brainwaves directly can be reduce difficult symptoms as well as reduce stress and enhance professional, sporting, and artistic performance. Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions including ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain/Headaches, Symptoms of PTSD, Memory and Recall problems, Sleep Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injuries/Concussions.
What is a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG)?
A quantitative EEQ (qEEG) is a test that gathers data about brain function to inform and monitor treatment. A qEEG takes approximately [30-40] minutes and is performed by a trained clinician placing a cap with 20 electrodes on the scalp of the patient. The electrodes sit on the surface of the skin and measure electrical activity beneath them, which is then translated into a visual representation of each frequency in the brain. This data is analyzed to find clinically significant outliers within brainwaves. It is these outliers that are often associated with symptoms such as low mood, lack of motivation, inability to focus, anxiousness, brainfog, etc. With consultation between the practitioner and patient, is it typically these outlier frequencies that become the targets for Neurofeedback Training.
What is Neurofeedback Training?
Neurofeedback Training is an intervention where brain activity is measured and made more efficient through real-time feedback to the brain. A brain training protocol based on a clinical exam and on the data gathered from the qEGG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is instituted through a sophisticated software program. Electrodes placed on the scalp record brainwave function and send information back to the brain through an auditory or visual stimulus when brainwaves are in the targeted frequency. Brainwaves are trained the desired direction through rewards generated by changes in the audio/visual stimulus. Over time and through its natural bent toward regulation, the brain can retrain itself to function within optimal frequencies, and symptoms can be reduced.
In-Office Neurofeedback & Biofeedback Combined Training Program:
Dr. Kate Truitt & Associate's in-office neurofeedback training program provides the most personalized and focused brain training experience. Supervised and guided by a licensed mental health professional, in-office brain training combines the benefits of both neurofeedback and biofeedback to engage multiple dynamic tools to promote brain balance and optimal functioning. Training begins with a Brain Mapping QEEG session followed by a full assessment report and feedback session to review Map results completed by training in Heart Rate Variability biofeedback. A combination biofeedback and neurofeedback training sessions commence with one-on-one oversight and tailored care.
At-Home Neurofeedback Training Program:
Offering the utmost accessibility, Dr. Kate Truitt & Associate's at-home neurofeedback training program begins with a Brain Mapping QEEG session in our office to formulate the most effective brain training protocols. During this session, the clinician will prepare you to run your brain training sessions on our portable equipment from the comfort of your own home, where you can train as often as you would like. Each session is recorded and automatically transmitted to our office for assessment and review. Your training will be monitored and supported by a licensed mental health professional through weekly check-ins over the phone or in office. During these check-ins results will be reviewed and protocols fine-tuned.
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Neurofeedback can be a stand-alone treatment, or incorporated into psychotherapy,combining brain training with exploration and resolution of underlying cognitive and relational patterns.
Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions including ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Headaches, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress, Memory and Recall problems, Sleep Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injuries/Concussions
The principles of Neurofeedback were discovered accidentally in the 1960’s by a scientist named Barry Sterman while studying the toxic effects of rocket fuel on brain function for NASA. Inexplicably, some of the animals in the experiment showed no symptoms of seizures when exposed to the toxin. Sterman later discovered these were the same animals he had used during a previous experiment whose brainwaves had been trained to optimize in a certain frequency.
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Neurofeedback training can be used to optimize performance and reduce stress in professional/corporate, sporting, and artistic realms. Protocols can be designed to enhance desired brain functions, such as focus, ability to access Flowstates, and reduce anxiety.