Neurofeedback is a fascinating field of study.
Historically, is goes back to 1924 and psychiatrist Hans Berger. But it wasn’t until the late 60’s that things really started getting interesting. Barry Sterman taught his lab cats how to change their electroencephalography (EEG) with operant conditioning, yet few could have foreseen it would improve brain regulation and inhibit seizures.
Using advanced technological equipment, neurofeedback assesses brainwaves to help children and adults control their brainwave activities. We became more interested in neurofeedback over the last few years, primarily because of the success in treating conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, addiction, anxiety and sleep disorders. After we considered its other uses, such as autism and Aspergers, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), brain fog, chronic pain, depression, fears/phobias, fibromyalgia, headaches & migraines, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, and stroke recovery — it became clear to us that neurofeedback was a natural extension of our practice. Its focus on the central nervous system’s “pilot” and being completely non-invasive is a perfect complement to chiropractic care.
Electrodes are applied to the scalp to monitor brainwave activity. The signals are filtered and processed by our new BrainMaster processors (yes, that’s what it’s called), and relevant information concerning certain key brainwave frequencies are logged and categorized. With quick, half-hour sessions twice weekly, clients learn how to inhibit “slow” brain waves and produce a greater number of “fast” waves associated with being calm, alert and focused. What’s next is somewhat entertaining. The information is presented to the patient in the form of a video game. The learner (patient) is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is shaped toward a more desirable and more regulated performance.
Neurofeedback is a scientifically proven way to change how you feel and function by improving how your brain operates.
In more than 20 years on East 7th Street, we’ve rarely been more excited about adding a new practice area (generally, we’re even-keeled in our excitement toward everything). Please call us to discuss your special needs and how our new neurofeedback can help move you into optimal brain states. We’ll also be hosting informal seminars periodically in May and June, 2014, in our office. Please call 212-260-2213 to learn more. We’re always happy to hear from you.