What is it?
NEUROTHERAPY is the applied process of neurofeedback to resolve problem areas, sometimes amenable to training. The basic concept is that the brain can be trained to overcome problems with a variety of manifestations. Some of these are in the problem areas of memory, attention, emotions, sleep, fear/anger, depression and sometimes seizure reduction. There are no guarantees of success, rather there is a growing knowledge base that these technologies work. However, the more serious the difficulty, there is a reasonable expectation and relationship that it may take a longer time to effect learning. On the side of adverse effects, there are almost no known adverse side effects, primarily due to the training being under voluntary control.
In both Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy, The learning process applies. It is usually below the level of consciousnessand and the knowledge of change is gradual. There is no magic. The results are dependent on consistency and practice. In fact, the effects are often seen by others first. The other profound potential benefit is that these training protocols are cumulative and may augment medication regimens. In addition, the effects are often long term, even permanent.
There are exciting changes in the technology of imaging the brain. There is the new PET scanning. There are also the SPECT and fMRI (functional MRI). However these are either dependent on injected radio-isotopes or expensive linear accelerators. These newer imaging technologies are also less dynamic than the EEG as a Quantitative (QEEG) fast dynamic technology, done in-office and relatively inexpensively. There is a time lag of fractions of a second for brainwave dynamics to be observed, on an off the shelf fast computer system. The Fast Fourier Transform is the basis for the QEEG, allowing almost instantaneous visualization for effective training to occur, of frequency/time/intensity spectral analyses. Learning theorists agree that for optimal learning to occur, the time lag needs to be short between stimulus and response.
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