Our neurotherapy process is like learning to ride a bike.
Initially, you’ll need training wheels to guide you. Neurostimulation is like training wheels on a bike. The brain copies the frequencies it is given. We demonstrate to the brain what we would like it to do. Then we remove the training wheels and test your riding capabilities with neurofeedback. Your brain learns how to behave bymimicking the frequencies it is asked to make and, in time, it creates these frequencies on its own.
We often begin intensively (between two and five sessions weekly). The degree of intensity depends on the severity of the condition. Through trial and error, we have learned that one session per week (in the beginning) does not produce reliable results. Over time, we reduce the number of sessions until the individual’s brain is behaving in the desired way, reliably and sustainably.
Your brain then knows how to behave just like you know how to ride a bike (once you've learned).
Very recently, clinical neurofeedback has been combined with stimulation technologies—such as pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), and transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS). Stimulation, as well as training the brain (via neurofeedback) changes functional connectivity, as well as the emergent properties of the brain (Dirk DeRidder, 2014). The integration of stimulation and neurofeedback is currently (as of 2016) new in the field, and a minority of practitioners are using these modalities blended. Quantum physicist, EEG neurodiagnostician, and colleague, Juri Kropotov (2009) dubbed these combined technologies “neurotherapy,” given that feedback is not involved in stimulation technology. Colloquially used in the field, the term neurotherapy does not yet have a formal definition and is often thought of as a synonym for neurofeedback.
Neurostimulation is what makes us different from other neurofeedback practitioners. We are the inventors of Neurofield’s neurotherapy system, which is known for the blending of neurostimulation into neurofeedback training.
Neurostimulation not only sets us apart, but because of Neurofield’s inventions, there are thousands of individuals using Neurofield equipment in their clinical practices.
Neurostimulation, at the clinical level, comprises transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) and pulsed electro-magnetic field stimulation (PEMF).
Neurofeedback is called many things. It is referred to as EEG biofeedback, neuro-biofeedback, neurotherapy, and brain wave training. These terms are often used interchangeably. Neurofeedback training is effective for many conditions, such as head injuries, neuroses and anxieties, and a variety of conditions regulated by brain wave function.
Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention that presents the client with real-time feedback on brainwave activity, as measured by sensors on the scalp, and typically in the form of visual or audio rewards. The number of sensors determines if the clinician is dong “single channel” or “full cap” EEG. We do both. We also use a variety of neurofeedback methods and modalities.
When brain activity (amplitude or connectivity) changes in the direction desired by the customized neurofeedback protocol, a positive "reward" feedback is given to the individual. Most neurofeedback methods train brain waves to create conditioned self-regulation.
A quantitative EEG is a brain map. This is an electrical measurement, analysis, and quantification of the brainwaves. The brainwaves are the brain’s verbing, or the action potentials of the brain. We first gather the raw EEG data, and then we process it through a normative database, which is a database of healthy individuals’ brainwaves of the same age as the patient. This gives us a comparison of the client’s brain relative to others’. This is the first step in our assessment process.