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If you want to take a proactive approach to improve and maintain optimal health and wellness, control and reduce pain, manage a variety of medical and musculoskeletal conditions, and enhance your mental and emotional wellbeing, you will want to consider neurofeedback therapy.
At Arne Wellness Center, we are proud to offer our patients in Littleton wellness treatments that combine a natural approach to healing with state-of-the-art technology. Neurofeedback is an invaluable therapy that we can use as a stand-alone treatment or implement into your personalized treatment plan for chiropractic care, natural medicine, and more. Let’s dig into the science, the benefits, and more of brain mapping therapy.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
To understand neurofeedback therapy, it is essential to first familiarize yourself with a general understanding of how the brain works. Essentially, all of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are controlled by billions of neurons communicating within your brain. As groups of neurons constantly communicate with each other, they signal integrated electrical pulses that create patterns, also referred to as brainwaves.
By understanding how these brainwaves work with regard to their strengths (amplitude) and speeds (frequency), these can be classified into different categories of brainwave frequency bands that are intricately linked to specific cognitive and emotional processes in the brain. By visualizing, studying, and learning these activities within the brain through brain mapping and neurofeedback, you can, with the assistance of a highly trained specialist, train yourself to consciously “control how your brain processes and reacts to different sensations and events.”
Neurofeedback therapy (brain mapping) is a cutting-edge biofeedback training technique that monitors brain activity and provides instant information about said activity. Neurofeedback has been used for more than 50 years in the medical field to train people on how to effectively and consciously alter the way their brain functions. Each therapy session is meant to train patients to actually visualize and learn how to change patterns or brainwaves to positively benefit their mental, emotional, and physical health.
At Arne Wellness Center, our specialist uses the Clear Mind neurofeedback system to monitor your brain waves and check for irregularities in brain wave activity. The state-of-the-art system notifies your doctor of any irregularities so that they can create a treatment plan to correct and guide these waves back into a healthy pattern. By repeating this process over time, you train your brain to naturally stay within the healthy ranges determined by the Clear Mind system, which can keep your brainwaves firing at healthy patterns that benefit your health and well-being.
Our skilled Clear Mind technician will attach the electrode sensors to your scalp and forehead to measure the electrical patterns or brainwaves and create a brain map. Next, your brainwave activity is categorized into different classifications based on your readings. Once classified, the Clear Mind system creates a unique visual representation in a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), also referred to simply as a brain map. As your chiropractor continues to monitor your brainwave activity and get feedback over the course of your treatment plan, you can continue to learn and adopt the healthy patterns to improve and maintain your health and wellness.
In more than 50 years since its inception, neurofeedback training has been integrated into several methods and approaches. The most common type is EEG neurofeedback, (often referred to as brainwave training), which effectively monitors and visualizes brainwave activity patterns of the brain, which the patient then uses to learn how to gradually change the way their brain works over time. Talk to your chiropractor about their recommendations for the ideal type of neurofeedback for you.
Our technician will determine the best course of action in terms of frequency and duration for your treatment sessions according to your unique needs. We complete the entire brain mapping session in the comfort of our office. Each neurofeedback session lasts for about 30-60 minutes and requires no pre-therapy preparation.
The process itself is incredibly easy and straightforward. The Clear Mind system uses different signal sources for input that typically involve audio or video sources of the patient’s choosing. The treatment is painless, noninvasive, nonsurgical, and completely drug-free. In fact, it was one of the most effective alternative approaches for treating a range of conditions when compared to traditional medications. Every patient is unique and responds differently, however, some will experience immediate improvement. What’s more, the Clear Mind unit delivers brain input immediately, which our specialist can use to create a protocol to bring the patterns into balance, target and treat your pain, injury, infection, or condition, or he can implement the data to help facilitate your chiropractic care, natural medicine treatments, and more.
Neurofeedback therapy can address and effectively manage a number of health, musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions. Think of the neurofeedback as a therapy that can target, treat, and improve a wide range of neurological conditions that involve irregular brainwaves. Neurofeedback may be beneficial for (but not limited to) the following conditions:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Brain Injury
- Chronic Headaches
- Chronic Pain
- Lyme Disease
- Sleep Disorders
There are numerous benefits to be gained from neurofeedback therapy. Some of the top benefits include:
- Improves cognitive function
- Increases focus, clarity, and concentration
- Reduces anxiety
- Alleviates stress and tension
- Assists in pain management
- Effectively treats chronic pain
- May improvement symptoms caused by fibromyalgia
- May reduce chronic fatigue syndrome
- Improves attention
- Enhances short-term and long-term memory
- Helps improve different skills (learning, creative, etc.)
- May reduce depression
- Improves the quality of sleep
- May be effective for attention-deficit disorders
- Helps with injury recovery, especially head injuries
- May help manage PTSD
- May help with learning disorders
The beauty of neurofeedback therapy is that this is an ideal treatment for patients of all ages and all walks of life. Anyone can benefit from this cutting-edge therapy who wishes to improve and manage their general health and wellness, pain, health conditions, and mental and emotional well-being. If you find that you can relate to any of the prompts below, you may be an ideal candidate for brain mapping through biofeedback training.
- I have chronic pain.
- I have trouble focusing and concentrating.
- I have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep.
- I have depression.
- I feel anxious or have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
- I experience physical, emotional, and/or mental stress and tension.
- I get migraines and/or headaches regularly.
- I have fibromyalgia.
- I have suffered a stroke.
- I have an attention-deficit disorder.
- I want to improve cognitive function.
- I want to boost my mood.
- I have Lyme disease.
- I struggle with addiction.
- I have suffered a brain injury.