Personalised Brain training for mind and soul
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) affects about 5% of the population. It is a serious, chronic condition characterised by a painful urge to move the limbs. This is only relieved by walking, and can affect the ability to fall asleep, as much as concentration during seated tasks, like office work.
Treatment often involves medication that affects dopamine or norepinephrine levels. These are considered strong, regular and indeed permanent interventions by many.
Neurofeedback has shown to eliminate restless leg symptoms in many clients. In fact, while optimising training frequency during a neurofeedback session, the symptom has been observed to stop when this was found. A subsequent small deviation would restart the symptom, only to subside again upon return to the optimum training frequency. This suggests that restless leg syndrome is highly sensitive and susceptible to neurofeedback training.
To have a chance at permanency, it is recommended to do twenty sessions of neurofeedback. The cost of this compares very favourably to the irritation the untreated RLS causes. This includes lack of sleep, resulting irritability, loss of productivity, and the potential for side effects if a medication route is chosen.
Neurofeedback is a form of complementary therapy and should not be seen as a replacement for conventional medicine. qEEG brain map-based neurofeedback training takes a more holistic approach to brain functioning, rather than just focusing on medical symptoms. It is not intended as a form of diagnosis nor medical intervention nor medical advice per the disclaimer.
The functional connectivity between various brain areas allows us to see vulnerabilities to character traits or behaviour patterns.
A brain map is an analysis of brain wave behaviour as measured by a qEEG recording. We record 20 minutes of the brain activities with a 19-sensor qEEG recorder. There is no stimulation, and contact between the sensors and the head is via an easily removable gel applied to specific points. From this recording, we can generate a brain map using Kaiser Neuromap software.
Neurofeedback training is a process where we give the brain feedback about its own activity at a particular cortical site in real time, via visual, auditory or tactile means. There is no direct stimulus to the brain and the sensors attached are for measurement of cortical EEG, or tiny electrical currents detectable on the surface of our head. This signal is then amplified and analysed by software in real-time, and this information is used to provide auditory and visual feedback to our brain.
With neurofeedback training, we can reduce stress, calm the mind and restore cortical functionality.
We take a holistic approach to healthy brain self-regulation, rather than categorisation or diagnosis. In our view, and experience, symptoms resolve when our system is balanced.
We use a movie of choice as the feedback mechanism – our conscious mind engages with the film, and feedback is delivered by small changes in volume or picture size. Our pre-conscious mind adapts its behaviour to preserve the more comfortable volume and picture size, and learning occurs.
Neurofeedback training is safe, effective and non-invasive.
There is no direct stimulation of the brain: We measure brain activity and provide feedback through changes in volume and picture size. The brain understands this and adjusts its behaviour preconsciously.
A qEEG recording takes about 45minutes for a 20 minute recording. We analyse the data with Kaiser Neuromap software which gives us a unique view into character traits and vulnerabilities. Findings are presented in a separate conversation. Note this is not diagnosis – issues found are necessary, but not sufficient conditions for a particular attribute and represent vulnerabilities.
We use a movie of choice as the feedback mechanism – our conscious mind engages with the film, and feedback is delivered by small changes in volume or picture size.
Our pre-conscious mind adapts its behaviour to preserve the more comfortable volume and picture size, and learning occurs.
Volume changes are slight, not stop-start, and the process is enjoyable.
A two hour training sessions allows us to do 90 minutes of neurofeedback. This captures an entire ultradian rhythm cycle and corresponds to the approximate duration of feature film movies. We can start with shorter sessions as appropriate, mainly with children.
Ideally, we do three or more sessions per week to start with. We would expect to see responsiveness within the first few sessions and remap after twenty hours or ten sessions. Generally, we would expect to doing forty hours or twenty sessions over two months, though this can vary.
We can also accommodate intensives, where we do two sessions per day over a number of days, and have had good results with these.