What are the types of Neurotherapy?
The Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) is the beginning point and a baseline for treatment of any kind. This equipment uses nineteen or more electrodes, cure embedded in a cap worn by the client such that they rest against the scalp and detect and record brain activity.
The EEG is then processed and compared to a normative database, view an extensive collection of readings taken from individuals who do not have problematic processing, nurse emotional and/or behavioral responses, and matched on gender and age. The data is then converted to color, the result being a client-specific “brain map”, sometimes called a “Q”, which shows exactly which parts of the brain are functioning optimally and which parts could likely benefit from targeted treatment. The NeuroField Q20 EEG device is used to administer a “Q,” and then subsequently used to administer surface or subcortical (LORETA) neurofeedback.
Surface Neurofeedback measures brain responses using surface electrodes on the scalp while the individual receives visual feedback. When the brain performs as desired, the individual receives favorable feedback that the brain would like to “repeat”. When the brain does not perform as desired, the visual feedback stops or becomes less pleasing to the brain. Imagine using the brain, not the hands, to power Pac-Man through a maze, eating pac-dots along the way. This can be done with surface neurofeedback.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (pEMF) Treatment introduces very weak, low energy electromagnetic energy to the brain at different frequencies. This is not direct current, but is similar to the electromagnetic energy used in the radiology procedure known as MRI; however, the strength is 1000’s (How much?) times weaker and does not require any special precautions or protections for the client or the clinician. The brain responds to this energy by “matching” the oscillations it senses, oscillations at a rate chosen by the neurotherapist to promote more effective and efficient brain function. The equipment used to administer these treatments is the NeuroField X3000. The equipment may be used in conjunction with the NeuroField Q20 EEG for treatment, beginning with both oscillations and visual feedback to the brain, and then removing the oscillations to allow the brain to carry-over improved function with only visual feedback.
3-Dimensional LORETA Z-Score Neurofeedback is based on client symptoms and the results of the “Q” which allows the neurotherapist to select treatment parameters to target specific poorly-regulated areas of the brain beneth the cortex, much like 3-dimensional radiology technology allows the physician to target a tumor for radiation treatment. This neurofeedback system makes “real time” adjustments and provides the client feedback based on thousands of parameters as compared to a normative database. The NeuroField Q20 EEG device is used in conjunction with the NeuroField X3000 pEMF device to administer this treatment.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Monitoring may be incorporated into any of the above treatments using the NeuroField HVR equipment. This equipment measures and records the variability of the heart rate when the brain receives various forms of feedback such as lengths and frequencies of pulses from the pEMF device. The heart rate response indicates whether the brain perceived the stimulus as positive or negative and allows the neurotherapist to tailor treatment parameters to the needs of the client.