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BrainCore Therapy provides a unique and drugless approach to addressing brainwave dysregulation that may be associated with the symptoms of many neurologically based conditions.
Published scientific research has demonstrated the efficacy of neurofeedback to address symptoms of chronic and often debilitating health challenges such as:
- Panic Attacks
- Memory Loss
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Post Stroke
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Anxiety Disorders
- Learning Disorders
BrainCore Therapy is also known as qEEG Biofeedback.
The theory of neurofeedback is based on a simple concept – when you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works.
A healthy, regulated brain is able to shift easily between arousal states as the demands arise.
- 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. Theta also represents a slow wave form but it is not as slow as delta – Theta frequency is 4-7Hz Delta waves are produced consistently during deep dreamless sleep Theta waves are produced consistently during deep relaxation or a twilight state. Theta is also associated with memory recall and creativity
- IDLE PROCESSING
The brain produces consistently higher magnitudes of alph a when the brain is in an idle state. This is why Alpha is sometimes referred to as the idle brain wave Alpha represents a slightly faster processing speed (8-12Hz) and is associated with quiet wakefulness or a state of meditation When the brain is healthy and well regulated, it produces more alpha waves on the right than on the left – This is referred to as the Normal Asymmetry of Alpha
- FAST PROCESSING
The brain produces consistently higher magnitudes of Beta when the brain is externally focused, alert, involved in critical reasoning, thought and concentration Beta represents the fastest processing speed (12-30Hz) When the brain is healthy and well regulated, it produces more beta waves on the left than on the right – This is referred to as the Normal Asymmetry of Beta
Causes of Brain Wave Dysregulation
Dysregulation is initiated by any factor that causes a prolonged stress response within the body.
- Any Perceived Threat
- Drugs / Toxins / Vaccines
- Lack of Sunlight (Vitamin D)
- Emotional or Physical Trauma
- Emotional or Physical Stress
- Lack of Exercise
- Spinal Subluxation
- Non-restorative Sleep
- Poor Quality Sleep
Studies have shown brain wave dysregulation to be associated with the following symptoms:
- DELTA/THETA DYSREGULATION
Focus and Attention Issues
Traumatic Brain Injury
Autism / Asperger’s
- ALPHA DYSREGULATION
Excessive Self Concern
- BETA DYSREGULATION
Poor Emotional self Awareness
Scientific research has demonstrated that for any given circumstance, there is an accepted normal pattern of brainwave activity.
The Neurofeedback Evaluation Procedure
All neurofeedback begins with a comprehensive assessment before training sessions begin. Once a patient is accepted for care, he or she is e-mailed a link to the BrainCore site with a user name and password. The site will direct the patient to filling out an online health history form, answering multiple choice questions on a metabolic assessment form, as well as the cognitive emotional checklist (CEC) and the interactive self inventory (ISI).
Next, the patient schedules an in-office visit at Balance Atlanta for the quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), a high tech computer based tool used by neurologists and psychologists for over 40-years. The qEEG objectively and scientifically evaluates a person’s brainwave patterns. The initial diagnostic procedure consists of placing a snug cap on the head of the client. Embedded within the cap are 12 small sensors that are designed to measure and record electrical activity (or brainwaves) coming from the brain. It is important to note that these sensors do not put any electrical current into the brain – they simply record signals coming from the brain.
Once the assessment forms have been filled out and the qEEG has been performed, Dr. Caroline will analyze the results. An appointment will be set up with the patient and his or her family to discuss the findings and treatment options. Please remember, BrainCore Therapy does not treat or cure the above mentioned conditions. Rather, the goal is to help the brainwave patterns normalize through specialized training.
The QEEG Report
The brainwave data recorded with the qEEG is statistically compared to a sophisticated and large normative database and a 12-page report is generated. This assessment procedure allows the doctor to determine in a scientifically objective manner whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different than normal. The qEEG assessment provides the doctor with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during training sessions. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns towards a more optimal and regulated state. The intention of neurofeedback is training the brainwave patterns to normalize, thereby the brain is often better able to operate efficiently.
Neurofeedback Training Sessions
Individuals are connected to a computer using wires and sensors, thereby allowing the BrainCore technology to record the brainwave activity.
For the past 40-years, neurofeedback has been studied in research labs at prominent universities throughout the world. In fact, Dr. Frank Duffy, a professor and pediatric neurologist at Harvard Medical School, stated, “Neurofeedback should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated sucha wide spectrum of efficacy, it would have been universally accepted and widely used.” Neurofeedback has been rated a Level One Best Support for ADHD by the American Association of Pediatrics. It is widely used by Olympic and professional athletes to enhance their sports performance. Neurofeedback has been used as an important tool by the US military in the treatment of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.