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What we do

Your brain has a mind of its own and, over time, has developed its own way of performing, whether at rest or during tense and anxious situations. Adirondack Alternate Therapy Center will help you improve your brain’s ability to function in various conditions.

Have you ever felt like your brain is never at rest?

There is an old saying, “When the brain hurts, the body cries.” The hurt can manifest in the form of headaches, insomnia, seizures, loss of employment, and other social and emotional costs. Neurofeedback uncovers how your brain works and then begins to re-train it to perform better.

What can you expect in a neurofeedback session?

There is an old saying, “When the brain hurts, the body cries.” The hurt can manifest in the form of headaches, insomnia, seizures, loss of employment, and other social and emotional costs. Neurofeedback uncovers how your brain works and then begins to re-train it to perform better.

Let’s chat first.

New patients will meet with a member of our team to share and discuss the issues and difficulties you have been experiencing. We will give you a questionnaire to be completed, so we have a starting point of reference and a method for tracking your success.

Finally, we will conduct a neurofeedback session capturing your brain’s electrical activity using an electroencephalograph (EEG). The EEG uses electrodes, which are sensors placed on the scalp, to measure brain activity by following electrical patterns on the scalp’s surface from moment to moment. It looks like a hat with wires sticking out! These measurements are an indication of the individual’s cortical activity or brain waves. The sensors do not cause any pain or discomfort, and they do not penetrate the skin.

Getting ready for the session.

Neurofeedback sessions are very comfortable, stress-free, and relaxing. Patients spend a few initial moments updating the therapist on any symptom changes while being prepped for the session. Individual electrodes are used for measuring brain wave activity are attached to the patient’s head. These electrodes will relay your brain wave patterns into a program that will return feedback to help us create a plan to re-train your brain to develop new and more efficient patterns for operating.

How long will the session last?

A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable, and typically lasts about 30-45 minutes. As the session starts, you will watch a movie or documentary of your choice. You will occasionally see the screen you are viewing lighten or darken. The change is the signal that prompts your brain to “reset” and optimize itself. These signals help the person in treatment to recognize when desired and undesired brainwaves are being produced.

Gradually, individuals can learn how to consciously maximize the production of desired brain waves and minimize the production of undesired brain waves for any given situation. The patient experiences no electric shocks, nothing enters the body, and the entire technique is painless. 

What do you do with all this information, and what is it doing to my brain?

At the risk of sounding clichéd, it is awe-inspiring and magical. The brain is strong willed and task driven, yet can be trained to rethink and reset its way of functioning. It is simple. Unlike practices you can do to be less stressful such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, neurofeedback works from the inside out.

Your brain makes changes every day based on the readings it gets from your body and the environment. You learn new ways of doing things every time you have an experience that gives you feedback. Any time you want to learn a new skill, you might make several attempts before getting it right.

When your brain discovers a new pathway, the positive feedback, and the feelings you get from learning something new, a preference is created in your brain to remain on the better path. In the future, any time you want to perform or engage that skill, your brain acknowledges it and is already on that path, working more effectively and efficiently. 

Specifically, it strives to decrease the symptoms that interfere with your life regarding mental health, so you can get back to doing what you love… more productively and efficiently. By providing your brain with positive or negative feedback, your brain learns to create more balanced, efficient brainwaves, making for a happier and healthier you. 

What is qEEG, and what role does it play in my treatment?

The “q” stands for quantitative. Both an EEG and a qEEG provide information about brain function in real-time at the time of evaluation. The qEEG process allows us to create a brain map through this combination of precise measurement and quantitative comparison.

Brain mapping helps identify patterns of dysfunction or areas for improvement. We see these in patients suffering from anxiety, stress, learning and behavioral issues, emotional disorders, brain injury, and many others.

How many sessions are needed?

As discussed, change happens differently in each patient. We monitor and review your progress with you and look for signs of change. These can include:

  • ability to pay attention
  • better mood
  • improvements to sleep duration
  • lessening of headaches and migraines

Together we will track these changes and periodically review your initial goals and treatment status.

FAQs on Neurofeedback

Types of brainwaves

Neurofeedback measures four types of brain waves. Our brains are constructed to acclimate to various environments, moods, and activities. While a kind of brain wave may be dominant during an event such as reading, the others are still active at softer levels. These measurements are critical when determining how to train your brain to perform best.

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Beta Waves

Beta waves are fast, have low amplitude, and are associated with alertness and arousal as well as an engaged cognitive activity.

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Alpha Waves

Alpha waves are slower, have a higher amplitude than beta waves, and are associated with non-arousal, mental coordination, learning, and mind-body integration. Meditation, quiet reflection, taking a break from work, or taking a walk are all activities thought to promote alpha waves’ production. 

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Theta Waves

Theta waves, which are slower and have a higher amplitude than alpha waves, are associated with memory, learning, vivid imagery, subconscious information, and a heightened awareness of internal signals. These brainwaves tend to be generated when an individual performs a consistent, repetitive task from which it is possible to disengage mentally.
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Delta Waves

Delta waves, the slowest brainwaves, also have the highest amplitude. They are associated with deep, dreamless sleep, regeneration, and healing.

Discover how neurofeedback can improve your quality of life.