WE OFFER NEUROTHERAPY
At Neuro Enhancement Therapies we work with the symptoms of central nervous system dysfunction of many kinds. The primary outcomes are to make life clearer, easier, and less painful. Increases in clarity occur in those with problems of cognitive functioning include becoming increasingly discriminant, being able to take in information, being more discerning about internal experience, to sequence, prioritise, and organize better, to remember more easily, and to do more than one thing at a time. Ease of functioning occurs with increases in being assertive, initiating activities, staying with a task, quitting a task as planned to move on to something else, managing emotions, being awake during the day, and falling and remaining asleep at night. Ease also increases because energy is more abundant. Energy is more available because less effort is needed to focus and maintain control, releasing the person from the excess overhead needed for ordinary activities. Energy is also more available when pain is significantly reduced. At the same time, depression lifts.The areas that have shown improvement are:
We use an advanced form of brain wave biofeedback to work with central nervous system functioning problems. The kind of brain wave feedback we use requires so little of the patient. There is nothing for the patient to learn, to focus on, or to practice. Session length is about a 45 minutes, and the typical exposure to the feedback is between one and seven seconds a week – although those few seconds occur while the EEG is monitored and examined for a considerably longer time. Individual half- to three-quarter-hour sessions of neurofeedback or biofeedback sessions may be provided.
The evaluation helps provide an organized approach to addressing the functioning problem. To help answer the question “Am I in the right place?” we offer a two-hour evaluation. This evaluation helps us discover whether the brain wave pattern you have is one that is familiar to us, and with which we can work. What follows is one of the graphs from a brain wave map.
The brighter colours show where the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain, functions poorly to inhibit electrical activity coming from within the brain.
The next graph shows the same activity in bar graph form. Each bar represents the Delta brain wave amplitude and variability at each place on the scalp from which the brain waves are recorded. The importance of the third graph is that it tells the order in which each area on the scalp is to be used to guide the feedback.
We work with each site from shortest bars, first, proceeding to the highest bars last. The lowest bars represent where brain functioning is best. Thus the treatment works with the strength of the brain, helping it to work and communicate better with itself.
We then use the information in the third graph to evaluate a different variety of settings, which can help make this approach more efficient, and potentially reduce the time and expense of treatment.
Finally, the fourth graph, is an evaluation that helps document actual change in the brain waves using this approach. The lowering the purple and plum-coloured bars below shows the amplitudes of the brain waves diminishing. This reflects increasing functionality of the cerebral cortex to quiet the unnecessary activity of the brain.
WHAT THE CHANGE PROCESS IS LIKE
Different problems respond in different ways. Anger, sadness, emotional hurt, or throbbing pain, seizures, asthma attacks, and spasticity from head injury or stroke usually intensify, but shorten in duration before they become manageable experiences. Muscle pain usually recedes quietly. Not infrequently changes will be noticed by others before you, yourself, notice them.
CAUTIONS AND NOTES
It is important that individuals on medication remain on them and under the care of the prescriber. Medication does not interfere with treatment if the individual is stable, and in stable medical condition while on the medication. Unstable medication effects and side effects will, however, interfere with treatment. Treatment should not be undertaken until the person is stable. In a similar fashion, those engaged in a variety of treatments need to be in a stable medical condition before undertaking treatment at Neuro Enhancement Therapies. Once a person has received significant improvement for their condition, they may be able to reduce or eliminate their medicatin under close supervision of their physician.
The correct dose of feedback is important to comfort and treatment efficacy. If the dose is too much, you may temporarily feel tired, wired, or there may be no change.