Neurofeedback is a method of brain training that enables the brain to function more effectively. It is non-invasive, uses no drugs and can be performed easily in our Evansville, IN office or even at home.
Imagine being able to reduce or eliminate debilitating neurological conditions simply by watching a movie or listening to music. It really is that easy! The computer does all the work, monitoring your brainwaves in real time and triggering cues when they are out of normal range. The goal of neurofeedback is to re-establish neural pathways in the brain that have been disconnected or interrupted as a result of injury, traumatic experience or physiological changes. By reconnecting these neural pathways your brain is able to function properly, and as a result neurological symptoms can be reduced or eliminated.
What Does Neurofeedback Help?
Any neurological condition can be helped by neurofeedback. The most common conditions are:
How Can Neurofeedback Help You?
Imagine your brain as a road map. Much like a highway system that connects towns, cities and states, your brain is a complex road map of neurons and synapses that make connections to memories, actions, skills and decision making abilities. But what if a bridge is out on the route you want to take? Without that bridge you cannot make the connection from one place to another.
Neurofeedback re-establishes the connections between neurons and synapses, effectively fixing the broken bridges so that you can make the connections needed to function normally. As an example, Fibromyalgia is a neurological issue that affects how the brain regulates blood flow to the extremities. The connections between your brain and your hands and feet are essentially broken. Neurofeedback re-establishes those connections, allowing your brain and body to communicate effectively. As a result, the symptoms associated with Fibromyaglia dissipate and the effects of Fibromyalgia are reduced or eliminated.
Why Do I Need A Brain Map?
A brain map allows us to see a snapshot of your brainwave activity in real time. The process only takes about 20 minutes, but the data collected is essential. That data is then uploaded to a comprehensive database that compares it to a normal brain map. From that a report is generated showing the deviations from a normal map. Patterns emerge that can be used to identify common neurological conditions. These conditions are identified on the Brain Map report and in a format that can be easily read by the doctor. The report also sets out a protocol for neurofeedback training sessions to restore proper brain function over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not at all. A brain map involves wearing a cap on your head with sensor areas on it. Gel is inserted into the brain cap, which allows the computer to capture the data more effectively. There is absolutely no pain, although your hair will get gel in it that will need to be wiped out.
An average session runs 20-25 minutes. During that time you simply watch a movie of your choosing, listen to your music or even a book on CD. We don’t recommend action movies or loud music that can overstimulate the brain.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the results of the individual’s brain map and its degree of imbalance. Much like going to the gym, every person requires a different length of time to improve. 20 – 40 sessions is normal for many conditions to improve.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the results of the individuals brain map and its degree of imbalance. Some feel different within a couple of sessions, while tougher conditions will take many sessions to see any noticeable results. It’s important to not get impatient. We can show you the graph results of each sessions, which will provide a visual reference of improvement.
Owners of the Clear Mind System have commonly reported no relapses from patients after 10 years. Extensive studies have shown sustained improvements after 10-20 years.
Yes, when starting neurofeedback sessions you can stay on your medications. However, as more sessions are done we will recommend you work with your prescribing doctor to try and wean you off your medications if possible.