- Biofeedback was introduced in the 1960’s to reduce symptoms of specific medical and psychiatric conditions. The premise was that the mind and body are connected, and an individual could learn how to change their physiological responses through conditioned training.
- Alpha feedback training was developed out of early Biofeedback research to help people get to a creative, hyper-aware, almost meditative state. This type of brain wave training was associated with the “altered state of consciousness” movement of the 1960’s & 1970’s.
- In the early 1990s, neurofeedback was introduced- adding a neurological component to the mind/body connection. In early research, goggles and utilized light and sound which responded to brainwave frequencies. While the goggles turned out to be somewhat effective clinically, patients suffered from “overstimulation” in the form of headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, and anxiety.
- In attempts to address this issue, researchers found that a microcurrent signal was fluctuating based as brain waves changed and focusing on this signal would lead to creating a more affective form of neurofeedback.
What is LENS Neurofeedback?
Early microcurrent neurofeedback was called LENS, Low Energy Neurofeedback. While quite helpful, LENS seemed to still result in a larger than desired degree of overstimulation. In addition, some practitioners seemed to think the impacted area of the brain was too general and not fine-tuned.
What is Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback?
- The desire for a more fine-tuned neurofeedback system led to the development of Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback. Researchers observed that Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback allowed for significant decrease of overstimulation while still achieving immediate and long-term disruption of abnormal, stuck patterns associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and a variety of other disorders
- Through Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback, there is a gradual change and improvement resulting in both immediate relief as well as long-term “brain homeostasis.” Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback has been shown to be able to address long-term, deep seated, or chronic disorders such as autism or life-long severe depression and drastically increase the quality of life for these patients.
- Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback is not a treatment for any specific condition but focuses on self-regulation of brain waves. This results in improvement in symptoms that have a basis in the central nervous system.
How Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback Works
- Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback is an extremely low-strength electromagnetic current that adjusts brainwaves, allowing the brain to self-regulate as well as relaxes the brain’s nervous system- which allows the brain to “re-set” unhelpful neuropathways.
- Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback is a positive feedback loop. The electrical activity from the brain determines what frequency of microcurrent is sent back to the brain. This signal causes a disruption in the brainwave patterns which help to reorganize the brain in a more stable, effective way.
- This microcurrent mimics brain waves and adding the slightest change, called an offset, allows the brain to realize something is off and self-adjust, self-regulate, and harmonize, to minimizes its dysfunction. This microcurrent is so small- it gives off far less of a frequency than a cellphone during a phone call.
- Although this microcurrent is weak, it produces a measurable change in brainwaves with no conscious effort from the patient. Only stuck, dysfunctional patterns are affected, since healthy brainwave patterns are flexible and far more resilient to tiny fluctuations.
Who can benefit from Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback
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