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Brain Mapping & Neurofeedback
Why Brain Health Matters
So when the brain isn’t working properly, it can affect us in many negative ways. When we lose our temper or experience extreme sadness or lack of control, it could very well be that our brain is out of balance. An improperly balanced brain can lead to many neurological problems, such as:
Video example of the Brain Map procedure
- ADHD & Learning Issues
- Addiction & Abuse
- Anxiety & Stress
- Brain Injury & Concussion
- Chronic Pain & Fatigue
- Epilepsy & Seizures
- Insomnia & Sleep Issues
- Memory Loss
- And More
What is Brain Mapping?
Brain Map: A Customized, Accurate Analysis Of Your Brain
The Brain Map process is painless, safe, accurate, and non-invasive. There really is no better tool for analyzing brainwaves and collecting customized data for each individual.
It is important to note that people especially over 65 years of age should at least get a brain map and that neurofeedback may or may not be appropriate.
VIDEO: Why Should You Get a Brain Map?
How Does A Brain Map Work?
Why Brainwaves Are Important
These brainwaves are commonly observed while we are awake. They are involved in conscious thought, logical thinking, writing, reading and stimulation. Having the right amount of beta waves allows us to focus and complete school or work-based tasks easily. Having too much beta may lead to us experiencing excessive stress and/or anxiety.
This frequency range bridges the gap between our conscious thinking and subconscious mind. It helps us calm down when necessary and promotes feelings of deep relaxation. If we become stressed, a phenomenon called “alpha blocking” may occur which involves the beta waves “blocking” the production of alpha waves.
This particular frequency range is involved in daydreaming and sleep. Theta waves are connected to us experiencing and feeling deep and raw emotions. Too much theta activity may cause depression and make people “highly suggestible” because they are in a deeply relaxed, semi-hypnotic state. Theta can improve intuition, creativity, and makes us feel more natural. It is also involved in restorative sleep.
These are the slowest recorded brain waves in human beings. They are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation and restorative, healing sleep. Adequate production of delta waves helps us feel completely rejuvenated after we wake up from a good night’s sleep.
The Brain Map Report
We Can Help Balance Your Brain!
What is Neurofeedback?
That may sound too good to be true, but this amazing technology works by re-aligning brainwaves while you are engaged in a movie or music. Decades of research have shown that properly aligned brainwaves can positively affect the way our body functions.
How Does It Work?
Think of your brain as a musical quartet: When all musicians are in sync, the sound is harmonious. But if one musician is out of tune, the overall sound is affected. Brainwaves operate in much the same way, working together to keep your mind and body in sync and running smoothly. But if any brainwaves are off, it can impact your entire system negatively. Many common conditions like anxiety, depression and others can occur when brainwaves are running too fast or too slow. Neurofeedback teaches the brain to regulate its brainwaves properly, which can result in better overall health.
Neurofeedback Is Not New
Neurofeedback has 3 main goals:
- Identify irregular brainwaves (Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Theta)
- Guide those brainwaves back into regular patterns
- Teach the brain to maintain regular patterns permanently
Neurofeedback works primarily by monitoring brainwaves on the surface of your head. To start, small electrodes are placed on your scalp. These electrodes have a paste on them which makes it easier to pick up brainwave patterns. For the next 30 minutes, you get to watch a movie of your choice, listen to your music, or listen to an audiobook. That is all that is required of you. It is non-invasive, uses no drugs, and does not involve any radiation.
During a normal session, the computer is monitoring your brainwaves, looking for any that are out of the normal range. When it finds one, the system triggers a response that changes the movie or music. This change is not annoying, but it is subtle enough to get your attention and make you focus more. Refocusing corrects the irregular brainwaves, which then move into the normal range. At that time, the movie or music will resume normally. This process is called Operant Conditioning. Over the course of multiple sessions, the brain eventually learns to make healthy patterns on its own. At that time, no further neurofeedback sessions are needed.
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Research on ADD/ADHD
Evidence-Based Information on the Clinical Use of Neurofeedback for ADHD [pdf]
Tais S. Moriyama, Guilherme Polanczyk, and Luis A. Rohde www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3441929/
Research on Addiction
Neurofeedback Training for Opiate Addiction: Improvement of Mental Health and Craving [pdf]
Fateme Dehghani-Arani, Reza Rostami, and Hosein Nadali
Published online: 20 April 2013.
Research on Anxiety
Orbitofrontal Cortex Neurofeedback Produces Lasting Changes in Contamination Anxiety and Resting-state Connectivity [pdf]
D Scheinost, T Stoica, J Saksa, X Papademetris, RT Constable, C Pittenger and M Hampson From Translational Psychiatry (2013)
Research on Autism
QEEG Characteristics and Spectrum Weighted Frequency for Children Diagnosed as Autistic Spectrum Disorder [pdf]
Nada Pop-Jordanova, Tatjana Zorcec, Aneta Demerdzieva, Zoran Gucev Pop-Jordanova et al. Nonlinear Biomedical Physics 2010
Research on Bipolar Disorder
The Bipolar Child
by Demitri and Janice Papolos Book review by Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D
Research on Brain Injury
Evaluation of Differentiated Neurotherapy Programs for a Patient After Severe TBI and Long Term Coma Using Event-related Potentials
Maria Pachalska, Malgorzata Lukowicz, Juri D. Kropotov, Izabela Herman-Sucharska, Jan Talar, The Medical Science Monitor, 2011
Research on Chronic Pain
New Hope for Sufferers of Chronic Pain [pdf]
by Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.
Research on Depression
Real-Time Self-Regulation of Emotion Networks in Patients with Depression [pdf]
David E. J. Linden, Isabelle Habes, Stephen J. Johnston, Stefanie Linden, Ranjit Tatineni, Leena Subramanian, Bettina Sorger, David Healy, Rainer Goebe
Research on Epilepsy
A model of feedback control for the charge-balanced suppression of epileptic seizures
Beth A. Lopour and Andrew J. Szericorresponding, Journal of Computational Neuroscience, (2010)
Research on Fibromyalgia
Efficacy of EMG- and EEG-Biofeedback in Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis and a Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials
Julia Anna Glombiewski, Kathrin Bernardy and Winfried Hauser www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3776543/
Research on Learning Disorders
Research Review: Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture 2012 Neuroscientific studies of intervention for language impairment in children: interpretive and methodological problems
D V M Bishop www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3593170/
Research on Migraines
Neurofeedback and biofeedback with 37 migraineurs: a clinical outcome study [pdf]
Deborah A Stokes, Martha S Lappin Behavioral and Brain Functions 2010, 6:9
Research on O.C.D.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the Efficacy of qEEG-Guided Neurofeedback Treatment: A Case Series [pdf]
Tanju Siirmeli and Ayben Exrteme Clinical EEG & Neuroscience, Volume 42 No 3
Research on Stress/PTSD
Research on Schizophrenia
Taking Back the Brain: Could Neurofeedback Training Be Effective for Relieving Distressing Auditory Verbal Hallucinations in Patients With Schizophrenia? [link]
Simon McCarthy-Jones www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3406539/
Research on Sleep Disorders
Research on Stroke
Parietofrontal integrity determines neural modulation associated with grasping imagery after stroke [pdf]
Ethan R. Buch,Amirali Modir Shanechi, Alissa D. Fourkas, Cornelia Weber, Niels Birbaumer, and Leonardo G. Cohen Brain: A Journal Of Neurology 2012
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