We utilize an advanced neurological technology called a Brain Mapping which produces a brain map that allows us to quantify the power, amount, distribution and ratio of various brain waves. With LENS we use software that is very similar to Quantitative EEG Neurofeedback .
To conduct the test, we place a comfortable cap on the individual’s head. The cap contains sensors that measure brainwaves of various frequencies. This is an entirely a non-invasive reading of the brain’s activity and frequency patterns and involves no radiation or injections of any kind.
Sample Brain Map of a 7 Year Old Female with Severe ADHD
The red indicates excessive brain wave abnormalities in the beta and high beta frequencies. This caused the child to exhibit symptoms of distractibility and hyperactivity.
The Quantitative EEG Neurofeedback test shows us how the brain is functioning.
Delta Frequency – this is the slowest frequency which is dominant when we sleep. If there is too much activity in the delta frequency, there are problems with motivation, the ability to focus and maintain attention. ADD sufferers will exhibit heavy activity in this frequency.
Theta Frequency – is a slow frequency that is present between sleep and wakefulness. Too little activity can lead to hyperactivity. However, too much activity can lead to inattentiveness.
Alpha Frequency – is one of the brain’s most important frequencies because it is a medium frequency that allows the individual to feel relaxed but alert. It enables individuals to accomplish tasks easily. Reduced amounts of alpha frequency cause worry, insomnia and an inability to effectively complete tasks which are common complaints of ADD sufferers.
Beta Frequency – is a medium fast frequency which is dominant when we are concentrating. We use this frequency to process information, problem solve and make solid judgments. Reduced activity in this area is associated with the ADD symptoms of inability to sustain attention and complete tasks.
High Beta Frequency – is a fast frequency. It is used when we process high level information. A good memory comes from a healthy level of high beta frequency. An elevated level of high beta causes hyperactivity and distractibility. Healthy individuals have a balanced level of activity in each of the frequencies. Excessive or severely decreased levels cause problems with attention, hyperactivity and mood regulation.
Who can benefit from neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a viable alternative for most individuals especially those who have been medication resistant, want to discontinue medication or who have not responded to traditional psychotherapy. It can be a stand alone treatment with lasting results.
What happens in a session?
In a typical 45 minute session, the clinician places electrodes on the scalp and records the brain waves in real time. The patient receives feedback through a variety of multimedia methods – sounds, images, games – when they are producing the desired brain waves. Software sends feedback to monitor Electrodes measures and
records brainwaves. Neurofeedback teaches the patient how to self regulate their neurophysiological state a subsequent emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. They are equipped with the tools to regulate which can result in numerous improved symptoms including better sleep quality greater mental clarity, enhanced attention, and emotional resilience, among many others.