You can't feel your brainwaves, but they are active all the time and play a vital role in everything we do including: focus, managing our mood and stress levels, sleeping and thinking.
The common problem in the various difficulties that people are suffering with are a result of brain dysregulation, making brainwaves that are too fast or too slow in certain areas.
The brain can be influenced chemically through medications or supplements. It can be influenced electro-chemically through neurofeedback or neurostimulation.
Anyone can learn to change their brainwave patterns through neurofeedback, which is biofeedback for your brainwaves. With feedback, you can learn to change your brain.
How Does Brain Training Work?
In the simplest terms, neurofeedback measures a specified brain pattern at a particular area. In some situations, you want your brain to make more of a certain pattern, at other times less of a certain pattern. In both cases, the neurofeedback equipment instantly gives you feedback whenever your brain accomplishes that goal.
The feedback is sounds and visuals in simple games or displays. When you are making the good patterns, the music plays, the Pacman eats the candy, the airplane flies straight, or the video is seen clearly, not blurry. When you are not making the good pattern, they don't. By practicing controlling the displays/games, individuals learn to produce brainwaves that are normally present when they are calm and well-focused.
When your brain receives the information, it changes. Training different brain areas and training different brainwave patterns have different outcomes.
Perhaps neurofeedback is like a high-tech gym for your brain. You cannot consciously reduce the number of sleepy Theta waves you are making in your left frontal lobe that is impacting your ability to focus, yet with neurofeedback you can.
*Some of the language here was borrowed from Neurofeedback 101 (2020) by Michael Cohen
Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)
Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) is a brief type of neurofeedback that utilizes a very low power electromagnetic signal which travels down the same wires carrying the brain waves to the amplifier and computer. This signal is less than what a digital watch or cell phone gives off.
Although the feedback signal is very weak, it produces a measurable change in brainwaves. The feedback is controlled by your EEG pattern, and the result is a changed brainwave state and a greater ability for the brain to better regulate itself. A simplified metaphor for this - sometimes merely rebooting our internal computer enables it to work well again.
I added LENS to my practice in 2007, and it has been very helpful for many patients over the years. It is particularly brief and thus is very economical. LENS combines very well with psychotherapy.
Other Neuromodulation Approaches
We are continually exploring the usefulness of new scientifically supported approaches for helping people in an effort to promote the most cost efficient and rapid treatment.
Currently we also make use of audio-visual entertainment; Heart Rate Variability Training and neurostimulation in various forms (pEMF; tACS, tRNS, tDCS, CES).
As technology has developed we have been able to offer home training services to some patients. There are several models we utilize blending the pieces of in-office assessment, initial in-office training, remote training, ongoing monitoring and progress measurement.