Our use of neurostimulation is what makes us unique among Arizona's neurofeedback providers.
Neurostimulation techniques show evidence of heightening neuroplasticity, increasing blood flow, and stimulating capillary growth as well as dendritic branching. Through facilitating the creation of new neuronal networks, these technologies show promise in enhancing the brain's ability to learn new patterns of behavior. In a nutshell, neurostimulation increases the brain's capacity to learn, while neurofeedback provides positive reinforcement for learned emotional and cognitive skill-sets!
The neurostimulation we use is based off of the general brain stimulation of LENS neurofeedback, but is newer and allows for more precision than that offered through LENS. Whereas LENS provides stimulation to the whole brain in a general sense, we base electrode placement off of the QEEG brain map and are able to precisely target certain areas for treatment.
Neurostimulation can be understood as any technology that modifies nervous system functioning through the use of a stimulus. The stimuli that we use at our clinic include the use of transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) (pink noise, brown noise, white noise), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), photobiomodulation, and pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation (pEMF).
All stimulation is applied through the use of scalp electrodes. Most of the time, treatment sessions take place over the course of an hour and alternates between the use of neurostimulation and neurofeedback. We have found that while neurofeedback can be effective on its own, neurostimulation allows for faster progress so that real results may be seen over fewer sessions.
Each type of stimulation has its particular role in assisting the brain in learning new patterns. Our clinical staff has received extensive training on how to effectively apply stimulation for best results. Our use of QEEG brain mapping analysis prior to treatment allows our team to ‘see’ into the brain to determine which stimulus is most appropriate and where it needs to be applied. Stimulation of this type targets specific brain areas precisely and is customized to each individual’s unique brain.