Neurofeedback / Biofeedback

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a technique one can use to learn to control the body’s functions, such as heart rate, skin temperature or breath.* With Biofeedback, one is connected to electrical sensors that measure and give information (feedback) about the body (bio). This feedback helps one focus on making subtle changes in the body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the desired results, such as reducing pain or controlling body temperature to reduce stress.* It differs from Neurofeedback because it requires conscious control over one’s thoughts and autonomic functions. Biofeedback can give one the power to use thoughts to assist in controlling the body, helping to reduce stress or improve a health condition or physical performance.*

Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are highly effective, research-based tools that can help aid change.*

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback treats a variety of conditions in a safe and effective manner because it works at the subconscious level. It creates changes in the brain by creating new electrical activity through a process of measurement and reinforcement.* Quite simply, one is reinforced for changing their brain waves at a subconscious level through the use of computers. The brain learns to self-regulate, which calms the nervous system, reducing or eliminating symptoms. Without self-regulation, many problems of the central nervous system can result – Lack of Focus, Anxiety, Depression and Physical Symptoms, to name a few.* Neurofeedback is successfully used to treat ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Stress, Emotional Distress, Behavioral Issues, Mood Issues, Pain, Lyme, PANS/PANDAS, Headaches, Concussion, TBI and a variety of other issues. Almost any brain, regardless of its level of function (or dysfunction), can be trained to function better. These changes are lasting. Consistent with the research, more than 90% of our clients report significant improvement!

Research Links:

www.eeginfo.com/research
www.isnr.org/isnr-comprehensive-bibliography

QEEG

A QEEG is an EEG brain map. Electroencephalography (EEG) is the measurement of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which reflect cortical activity, and are commonly referred to as “brainwaves”.  The brain is incredibly fast and even slight differences in timing in a brain area can have profound functional implications. In very simple terms, a quantitative EEG is a computer analysis of the EEG data. It is a visual way to see brain functioning in terms of brain waves. We look at 19 channels of simultaneous EEG recording under specific recording conditions. This EEG data is compared against a reference database of other people’s EEGs. The analysis identifies and highlights variations from the norm (average).* For instance, the QEEG report could show any brain areas where there is too much or too little EEG activity compared to the norm.  Excessive EEG activity or poor communication typically correlate with less brain efficiency. QEEG’s give information about issues impacting brain functioning through pattern analysis. Distinct EEG patterns are used to identify attention deficits, depression, anxiety, concussion, and so on. Dr. Roseann is a high level practitioner and interprets the QEEG data herself rather than having to send it out to someone else to be interpreted. She then designs Neurofeedback, Advanced Bio-Regulation, and other treatment protocols based on that data.* QEEG is used for both treatment planning and progress monitoring.*

Getting a QEEG is a non-invasive and painless process. A cap is placed on your head which has sensors that record the electrical activity of the brain. Data is taken with your eyes open and closed. That data is statically analyzed and then a meeting with Dr. Roseann is scheduled to review the QEEG, clinical history, and treatment recommendations.

Research Links:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/155005940904000107

 

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates does not guarantee certain results.