The brain is a highly complex organ made up of billions of cells called neurons. Neurons send and receive messages to and from all parts of your body. These messages are electrical impulses that create brainwaves. The brain map is an important tool we use to evaluate your brainwaves and identify opportunities to improve communication between various regions of the brain.
We know that electrical activity in the brain will change depending on what the person is doing. For instance, the brainwaves of a sleeping person are vastly different than the brainwaves of someone wide awake. This led to the discovery of 5 brainwaves types, each with a different function depending on what you are doing. Neurofeedback focuses on 4 of these. An explanation of each one is below:
Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves and most active during deep, dreamless sleep. Delta waves suspend external awareness and are the source of empathy. When your dominant brainwave is delta, your body is healing itself and regenerating. That is why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.
Theta brainwaves are most active during periods of light sleep or extreme relaxation and are important for learning and memory. In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within. In theta we are dreaming, with intuition and information beyond conscious awareness. It’s where we hold our ‘stuff’, our fears, troubled history, and nightmares.
Alpha brainwaves are strongest when you are relaxed but not processing much information, like when you get up in the morning and just before sleep. When you close your eyes your brain automatically starts producing more alpha waves. Alpha activity has also been connected to the ability to recall memories, lessened discomfort and pain, and reductions in stress and anxiety.
Beta Brainwaves are strongest during a waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. As a result, beta are the fastest, as we are alert, attentive and engaged in focused mental activity. I fact, beta has 3 bands, from idle awareness to normal engagement and complex thought in the highest band.
Researchers have found that not only are brainwaves representative of of mental state, but they can be stimulated to change a person’s mental state, and this in turn can help with a variety of mental issues.
Over-arousal in certain brain areas is linked with anxiety disorders, sleep problems, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, impulsive behaviour, anger/aggression, agitated depression, chronic nerve pain and spasticity. Under-arousal in certain brain areas leads to some types of depression, attention deficit, chronic pain and insomnia. A combination of under-arousal and over-arousal is seen in cases of anxiety, depression and ADHD. more…
Instabilities in brain rhythms can correlate with tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder, aggressive behavior, rage, bruxism, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, migraines, narcolepsy, epilepsy, sleep apnea, vertigo, tinnitus, anorexia/bulimia, PMT, diabetes, hypoglycemia and explosive behavior.
Our brainwave profile and our daily experience of the world are inseparable. When brainwaves are out of balance, often there are problems in our emotional and mental health. Research has identified that irregular brainwave patterns are associated with all sorts of emotional and neurological conditions.
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What Is Neurofeedback?
What if you could eliminate or reduce brain related problems just by watching a movie or listening to music? Sound too good to be true? Neurofeedback can help, and it is backed by over 50 years of research in studying how brainwaves affect your health.
What Is A Brain Map?
A QEEG Brain Map is the recording of brainwaves on the surface of the scalp. It is non-invasive and does not use any radiation. The results are compared against a map of a normal functioning brain to identify irregular patterns that can cause many neurological conditions.
Is neurofeedback dangerous? Does it hurt? Does it require drugs? How long do I have to do it? Is this just another one of those health fads? These are all common questions we hear every day. Find your answers here and get the facts about neurofeedback and brain mapping.
Decades of Research
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960’s, and has over 5 decades of research from medical professionals to prove it’s effectiveness. You can view our research articles and case studies here.
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