Do you ever wonder what exactly is going on in your brain? It’s responsible for quite a bit and we’re only conscious of a mere fraction of the total actions the nervous system executes every minute. From triggering your heart to beat and your lungs to breath to reacting to stimuli in your environment and coping with various experiences, your brain controls it all. Often, when you are struggling with symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety or depression, your brain is not operating as efficiently as it should be. Sometimes specific neurological pathways are over- or under-performing, leading to undesirable symptoms. Brain mapping in Denver can help you identify these weaknesses and even direct a treatment plan that helps you address the imbalances. Let’s discuss more in depth what you can learn from the brain mapping process.
The idea of brain mapping is very foreign to most people. When it gets brought up in casual conversation, many people immediately think of the last scifi movie they saw and wonder what kind of information doctors can get from a brain map. However, much like the idea of mental health, the stigma surrounding qEEG brain mapping does more harm than good. The only way to break through those stigmas is by educating, so today we’re going to talk about a question we hear every day: “What is qEEG?”
Neurofeedback uses EEG (Electroencephalogram) to monitor electrical activity in the brain in real time. While monitoring brain activity in patients, a variety of games and activities are used in order to help create new pathways in the brain and correct pathways that might not be functioning optimally. By retraining the brain in such a way, this corrects brain functions and neuron pathways, ideally reducing or eliminating the problematic behavior.
How Does It Work?
Neurofeedback utilizes EEG biofeedback technology to monitor the brain’s activity. The brainwaves detected produce certain electrical activity that is picked up by the EEG and the data is then analyzed. In the data analysis, the neurofeedback professional looks for irregularities in the brain wave data and uses that to guide the treatment moving forward. Treatment methods vary significantly depending on the individual’s affliction. In general terms, the treatment aims to improve brain health by creating new pathways in the brain and strengthening existing pathways. NeurOptimize has experts who use neurofeedback and other similar methods to treat patients. NeurOptimize has numerous locations across northern Colorado, schedule an appointment with us today!
Who Is Neurofeedback For?
- People of all ages who suffer from Epilepsy
- Children or adults who have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- People who have a behavioral disorder like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or Bipolar disorder
- Those afflicted by Insomnia or irregular sleep patterns
- Those who experience age-related cognitive loss
- People who are experiencing depression
- Children or adults who have suffered trauma
- Those who suffer from migraines
- People with high amounts of stress in their life
- People of all ages who have had a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
Neurofeedback could possibly have many other uses, however, further research is needed in order to shed more light on neurofeedback and its potential advantages. If you have questions or are interested in neurofeedback in northern Colorado, call us at (720)-378-5057.
Different Neurofeedback Techniques
There are a variety of different neurofeedback techniques that can be implemented by neurofeedback centers for retraining the brain.
qEEG is brain monitoring using an EEG biofeedback tool that measures brain electrical activity. This test is used to pinpoint brain waves and activity that are associated with your symptoms in order to better treat the condition. qEEG requires no electrical stimulation and is completely safe. It consists of placing conductive gel and 19 sensor pads across the head area. Worst case scenario, your hair might get a little bit messed up!
Near Infrared Light Therapy
Without getting into too much detail, there are certain faculties in your brain that require light stimulation to function correctly. When properly stimulated, nitric oxide is released which helps increase the blood flow to the brain. With the appropriate amount of blood flow restored to the brain, the brain has the resources it needs to correct itself.
Alpha-StimⓇ Aid is a device that provides a very low and safe amount of electric current. As a result of the electrical current, victims of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and pain all show significant and lasting improvement in their brain health.
These are some more commonly used neurofeedback techniques used to help retrain the brain and improve overall mental health. If you or a loved one live in northern Colorado and are interested in trying neurofeedback techniques for yourself, schedule an appointment at NeurOptimze today!