Treatment protocols are individualized based on the results of the comprehensive brain mapping and neurocognitive evaluation. All of this data is reviewed with the family and/or the patient as a basis for understanding this brain network analysis. If treatment is warranted, a structured treatment plan is considered which typically involves EEG neurofeedback if the brain map and test results shows a need for it. If this is the case, and the patient’s family and/or patient decide to move forward, then treatment will most commonly consist of 8-12 weeks, typically 2x week, though each protocol is different and can vary. Some more complex cases can require a bit of maintenance therapy after this though most successful cases are completed by the 12 week timeframe. Again, individualization is the key to effective neurofeedback. The neurofeedback process itself is easy for the patient and compliance with the protocol is rarely an issue.
Our brains are constantly changing frequencies as we listen, focus, problem solve, relax or do a number of other cognitive and behavioral functions. We do not have the ability to consciously demand that our brains produce varying amounts of wave activity, but we are able to train our brains to function better through neurocorrection.
Based on the results of the evaluative QEEG, we place sensors on the head in the places where the brain has been shown to be producing overactive or underactive wave patterns. The sensors are linked to a sophisticated computer that converts the information into visual stimuli on a screen which the individual watches. The individual watches as the visuals change in response to the fluctuations in their brain wave activity. The brain learns what is needed to produce the correct brain patterns. If you do this repetitively the brain starts to produce the desired response with greater and greater ease much like what happens in the development of muscle memory in athletes.
Eventually the brain learns to automatically choose the correct wave patterns. You can see this type of neurological learning when you watch someone learn to walk, ride a bike, drive or to recognize a song. It is the brain’s job to make doing tasks as fast and efficient as possible which means replacing old patterns with new, more effective patterns.