Why Brain Training?
Many cognitive and emotional challenges correspond to imbalances in specific areas of the brain.
Asheville Brain Training brings these areas back into balance. And when that happens, the initial problem is significantly reduced, and in many cases disappears altogether.
How Brain Training Works
1. Dysregulated brain waves can potentially be identified by a qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalograph) which is a painless and non-invasive functional test that scans 19 different areas of the brain to discover any areas that could be working better.
2. Each of these 19 areas has a known function and we can see what symptoms or state would likely improve if that area were to function better. When we understand the specific areas where your brain needs a little help, we can plan your Brain Training protocol accordingly.
3. A typical Brain Training session lasts 50-60 minutes. You’ll watch a movie, while your brain watches its own brainwaves and self-corrects the dysfunction.
4. Most patients report improvements after 5-10 sessions. (A typical treatment plan is 30 sessions, because that’s how long it takes for permanent neuroplasticity to take place).
Neurofeedback can seem complicated, putting sensors on the scalp, measuring your brain waves, tracking changes, but it’s really quite simple. During a neurofeedback session, a person’s brain wave activity is tracked, and this information is communicated to the individual with auditory and visual signals. This feedback helps the person recognize when wanted and unwanted brainwaves are being produced, and gradually, individuals learn how to create the desired brain waves and minimize undesired brain waves.
Allow your brain to see where and how it has gone “off-track” and it will self-correct. It doesn’t hurt. It’s not uncomfortable or unpleasant in any way. And best of all, Brain Training addresses the root cause of whatever’s going wrong.
During the course of your treatment, you’ll also benefit from some (or all) of the following gadgets & gizmos:
Em-Wave™ Biofeedback Device
Biofeedback allows you to monitor certain involuntary functions (like your heart rate) while performing normal, automatic activities. Over time, you can teach yourself to make subtle physical changes — like relaxing certain muscles, slowing your breathing, or lowering your heart rate — while doing those activities.
Biofeedback is widely used in the medical community to treat things like migraines, panic attacks, and high blood pressure.
We find it especially helpful for patients suffering from anxiety and depression, because it balances the parasympathetic nervous system. Combining biofeedback with neurofeedback is a more comprehensive approach that addresses all aspects of these conditions.
(We have several other biofeedback technologies that we use when appropriate.)
Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE)
The AVE does something called neural entrainment (or brain wave entrainment).
The desired effect of entrainment occurs when the brainwave activity of the right and left hemispheres of the brain becomes synchronized. Using various pulses of light and/or wavelengths of sound, we can set the AVE to operate at the exact frequency your brainwaves like. (We’ll know what that is from your initial brain-mapping session.)
When your brain waves are synced up, you’re more relaxed and content. Less stressed. And that is the optimal state to be in when you start a Brain Training session.
We’ve found that essential oils, either when inhaled or applied directly to the skin, can actually have a calming effect on certain types of brain waves.
We performed several brain mapping sessions, with and without the use of essential oils, and have been able to determine which oils are most effective. This is a newer element to our practice and we’re integrating it into our treatments as we go.
While the brain only accounts for 2% of the body’s weight, it uses about 20%of the body’s fuel or energy. Usually the brain uses glucose derived from sugars or carbs for fuel, but here is another fuel that the brain, and the body, loves to run on: ketones. A really good way to get these ketones is from coconut oil, or some sort of Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT Oil). The best we have found is Brain Octane – a super distilled form of ketones (containing only C8) derived 100% from coconut oil. It is 18 times as strong as coconut oil.