Biofeedback + Low-level Stimulation
WHO can benefit from low level stimulation (tDCS/tACS/PEMF/IR) and biofeedback (HRV/HEG/EEG)?
People who want to be less in the grip of their symptoms, improve their attention, be able to find their zone of being calm and alert, better able to handle transitions and increase their emotional and intellectual intelligence.
WHAT does the process consist of?
People will schedule the free half-hour consult to determine if the timing is right to begin the process.
Next an assessment is done that allows a therapy and training plan to be set up. Intensives are recommended and can take up to 3 months. Longer plans are also available. Evaluation of progress is done at both the 20 and 40 session mark.
WHAT is the difference between biofeedback and neurofeedback?
NEUROFEEDBACK is the same thing as EEG-BIOFEEDBACK. The feedback the trainee is getting is from the EEG brainwaves being measured in real-time. HEG biofeedback is feedback from the sensor measuring metabolic activity from what is measured at the pre-frontal cortex. HRV biofeedback is feedback about heart rate variability being measured through a sensor at the ear or finger measuring changes in blood volume.
WHAT is the difference between the low level stimulation modalities offered?
Low-level stimulation is delivered in one of three modalities. It is used to be supportive, to entrain, or to dis-entrain habituated maladaptive patterns. One example of what is meant by supportive is that energy is being transmitted through near infra-red wavelengths to the mitochondria of the cells. One example of entrainment through low-level stimulation is PEMF which is pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy which entrains the cells to specific frequencies. An example of dis-entrainment is by changing the frequencies of the cells to something different then what is dominating. If a slow wave is dominating while a person is awake and it correlates to symptoms, a dis-entrainment protocol may focus on disrupting the slow then entraining more flexibility towards a more adaptive rhythm. This can be done through either tES, PEMF or EEG driven feedback.
WHEN is a good time to begin and WHEN is a good time to break and WHEN is it time for a tune-up?
This will depend on what is optimal, possible, and what is negotiable. Every twenty sessions, another assessment is conducted (either full or partial). Often after 40 sessions, a break is indicated. If someone had one event that was challenging to recover from, it may take less time with low-level stimulation and biofeedback. If someone has had multiple events and continued stress, longer plans may be indicated but breaks are also important. Once a client has had 40 sessions, it is usually clear to them the gains they have made and if and when they start to lose them. It is good to come in for a tune-up when this is noted.
HOW long will the benefits last?
This depends on how one proceeds once the training is finished. Part of the training includes building in a program to help sustain the benefits of what is gained during therapy.