On a daily basis, millions of times per second, the brain transmits messages to the rest of the body through electrical impulses sent by the central nervous system. When the brain is impaired due to illness, stress, diet or accidents these electrical impulses called brainwaves are affected and therefore this creates abnormal rhythmic patterns. The brain will continue to send these abnormal patterns (until it is shown a normal pattern) and therefore imbalances are created in the body and symptoms of stress appear.
The brainwave is an electrical waveform pattern that can be seen by placing non-invasive sensors in certain places on the surface of the patients scalp. The sensors allow the brainwave EEG patterns to be displayed on a computer screen so they can be studied, analyzed and an accurate diagnosis can be established.
Neurofeedback is one way to help the brain to bring itself and the body back into balance. It involves a superior form of biofeedback which needs highly specialized computer equipment to human brainwave electrical impulses. When the patient is provided with this "feedback," through auditory or visual means, the patient then starts to learn to produce different brainwave patterns.
This is a non invasive method which is actually relaxing and pleasant for the patient and is therefore not painful. Some clients participate in 1 hour sessions 1-3 times per week for approximately 20 to 40 sessions. Sizeable research has shown that there are a range of disorders that are positively changed by this process, including depression, anxiety, ADD, autism, Aspergers, hyperactivity, post traumatic stress disorder, certain closed head injuries, PPD, sensory integration disorder, headaches, stroke, seizure disorders and even learning or dyslexic disabilities.
Neurofeedback is important and beneficial because it provides the client with a highly effective treatment without medication. In some cases, however, patients may start their neurofeedback from the referral of a physician who is treating the symptoms with medication. If the symptoms are not resolving with medication, neurofeedback can enhance the effects and possibly lower the dose.
Through the highly advanced and intricate sensory systems we learn about the world around us. Our brains process this information and that is what determines exactly who we are and how we portray ourselves to the world. At RHI we offer various ways to optimize brain functioning and therefore reduce challenging symptoms that can be either problems in communication that some couples may have, attention deficiencies such as ADD, depression, headaches and sensory integration complexities.