BANGOR, Maine — Dr. Graves DC is excited to announce the arrival of Clearmind Neurofeedback Device to his clinic.
NeuroFeedback is ideal for helping people with medical conditions such as ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and many other neurological conditions. NeuroFeedback is a noninvasive process where the brain waves are monitored in real time, by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is know as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increases the brain’s learning capabilities.
The concept is fairly simple. The computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie or listen to music. When deviations from normal brainwave activity occur, the computer triggers an audio or visual cue that alerts the patient that they are outside normal ranges. These are received by the brain, which subconsciously adjusts itself back to a normal pattern to make the cue stop. With enough repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own without the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptoms of irregular brain activity will decline.
It has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in specif areas of the brain. For instance, case studies using QEEG “Brain maps” have shown that people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer from Depression have decreased Alpha brainwaves Those with Anxiety will have elevated beta brainwaves.
Training the brain using Neurofeedback can change these brainwaves over time, adjusting them into normal, healthy ranges. It can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function and mental flexibility. When the brain moves back into normal ranges, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.
The best part of Neurofeedback is that results are long lasting, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications all together. Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of Neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions.
For more information go to mainebraincenter.com or to consult with Dr. Graves, call 207-947-9200.