Quick Guide to Neurofeedback

NF Quick GuideQuick Guide to Neurofeedback

Hello everyone, I am one of FEO’s Neurofeedback Technicians. I love this job because I get to help clients achieve their goals and diminish symptoms with which they have suffered for years. Some of these symptoms may include sleep issues, social hinders, migraines, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and memory loss. I feel so lucky because I get to see people come in longing for help and watch them leave a happier, more collected person!

Neurofeedback is pretty high-tech stuff, but I will try to give as simple of an explanation as I can. Neurofeedback is the study of analyzing the speed of neural cells and how fast they are firing from one cell to the next.  Basically, we are looking at the electrical activity of the brain. We can identify neuronal abnormalities such as anxiety, depression, ADD, and ADHD, and then correct them with neurofeedback. How do we do this, you may ask? We record a brain map called an E.E.G. and then create a customized training protocol to help that specific client.

Brain Maps

A brain map is a report that is generated from collecting data from the brain.  We collect the data by putting an electro-cap (looks and feels like a swimmers cap) on the clients head.  19 small round sensors cover the cap. Each of these sensors reads the brain activity of a particular part of the brain and our computers record this information.   From there, the lab prepares a report based on the data collected and generates a report for our doctors.   The report includes colorful pictures of the brain that correlate to what is going on in the brain.  It shows what areas are firing too quickly or too slow, or areas where the brain waves are too high or too low. After analyzing the report, our doctors meet with each client individually to discuss the findings and create a protocol for them.

Brain Training Sessions

After the doctor creates a protocol, I take over and set the client up for their brain training session. A session comes in many different forms. The main purpose of the neurofeedback session is to exercise the brain and make it more flexible. We can achieve this goal through a variety of different means:

  • watching a movie
  • relaxing with your eye closed
  • listening to music
  • playing virtual arcade games.

During these trainings, the client receives sound or visual rewards. The rewards encourage the brain to maintain the desired level.  (The level correlates to the brain map findings.) After being rewarded, your brain will learn how to gain more rewards and eventually your brain will embrace and want the new levels. That’s why neurofeedback is successful over 90% of the time!

Neurofeedback can help with many conditions, including:

  • sleep disorders
  • chronic fatigue
  • memory loss
  • ADD/ADHD
  • migraines
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • fibromyalgia
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • concussions

To learn more, visit our main website at www.balancingyourchemistry.com or our neurofeedback-specific website at www.brainbalancingandneurofeedbackcenter.com.

I will be back next month to go more in depth about neurofeedback, stay tuned!

Author: Klinger, Missty. February 19, 2015

Just the DNA PleaseFunctional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

 

How Changing Careers Changed My Life

2c606e031c49e55dde4fb038d085d33dI am the President of Functional Endocrinology of Ohio (FEO) and I thought I’d write our first blog post. Because the goal of this blog is to be informative, entertaining and inspirational, I want to write about my personal story in hopes that it will inspire you.  It is never too late to make a change in your life and there are NO boundaries.

I am an attorney, or at least that was how I identified myself, until 2010.  So many of us identify ourselves by our careers, education, or training.    That’s not a bad thing if you are passionate about your career.  I was not.  I went through the motions doing what a lawyer should do (good law school, federal judicial clerkship, good law firm, etc.).  I had an amazing daughter, nice house, nice car and nice clothes.  My family and friends were proud of me and respected me for all that I had accomplished.  But I was not fulfilled.    I went to work every day without a purpose – except to maintain the persona that I had created.  I was also dealing with some health issues, which in this case was a blessing because of the evolution my life would take as I attempted to resolve them.

In 2009, I met Dr. Keith Ungar.  He is one of the fortunate few who knew what he wanted to do with his life from the age of 8 and has been passionately pursuing his goals ever since.  Dr. Ungar is a functional medicine practitioner (more on functional medicine in another blog post).  As he helped me address my health issues in a way no other doctor ever had, I watched him, his staff, and his patients doggedly pursue their personal, professional and health goals with a determination that I had only seen from my Bernese Mountain Dog, Monty, when he was trying to find the “perfect” snow pile on which to take his nap.  And they were achieving their goals!  They were healthy, joyful people who happily came to work or their doctor’s office  knowing that they were in the right place for the right reason for them.  I wanted that.

As I went through the process of getting well (which I did), I realized that just “moving through the process” was what I was already doing.  I needed to be engaged in the process.  But how?  I started reading books, going to seminars, and talking to those that had achieved similar goals.   I went full throttle into figuring out how to live my life with passion, purpose and joy.   I set my mind on these goals and knew that opportunities would present themselves, which would allow me to live the life I should live.

And, that is how FEO was born.  Dr. Ungar, a passionate and brilliant health practitioner, needed an equally passionate person to help him introduce his brand of functional medicine to the world, starting in Northern Ohio. I quit practicing law and jumped right in!  I knew in my heart that this was what I should do.  Did my family and friends question it?  Of course.  Did I sometimes question it myself?  Rarely.   Now I am one of those people who come to work everyday with joy and purpose.  What a blessing.

We all have our own journeys to take.  This is mine (so far).

Caroline

Just the DNA PleaseFunctional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road,Suite 100, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330)644-5488
Independence: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd.,Suite 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216)236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com