- What do you do at Neurocore?
a. There are two areas that we specialize in at Neurocore. The first area is brain based diagnostics. We deal with a wide range of behavioral and mental health issues and instead of just assessing symptoms, we look to find the root cause of those issues. Our initial assessment consists of five parts.
i. Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) for children or the Adult Self Report (ASR) for adults. The survey helps us to understand behavioral, social and emotional health concerns.
ii. Autonomic Nervous System Response (ANSR) Scale: This survey helps the clinician explore the health of your autonomic nervous system.
iii. Integrated Visual and Auditory Test (IVA): The IVA is a computerized test designed to detect attention issues and impulse control issues. We give this test to everyone regardless of his or her reason for being assessed because many different conditions can impact your attention and impulse control.
iv. Heart Rate Variability (HRV): This important test helps us measure your heart rate and breathing patterns. Data will be analyzed to determine if your respiratory system and cardiovascular system are functioning in cohesion with one another. This cohesion between the respiratory and cardiovascular system is vital to brain health.
v. Electroencephalogram (EEG): An (EEG) is at the core of the assessment process and helps us understand what is happening in your brain. Leads that capture the frequencies of your brain waves are clipped to both ears, and a third lead is placed at the top-center of your head. This allows us to measure and record the brain waves in both the right and left temporal lobes and at the top of the brain where the frontal and parietal lobes meet.
vi. The assessment appointment takes about two hours. After all of the data is collected, you sit down with one of our licensed clinical staff to review the results and work to determine a proper course of action for treatment.
The second area we specialize in at Neurocore is the treatment or training component. Our main treatment is a combination of biofeedback and EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). Biofeedback is designed to teach the person to breath deeper and slower to maximize how the heart is functioning, allowing for proper blood flow and oxygen flow to our body. This is especially helpful for people dealing with elevated stress, though, in general, deep breathing is beneficial to help refocus the system. EEG biofeedback is basically a reward system that allows us to train the brain waves to function more consistently within the therapeutic range. You are hooked up to the EEG equipment and bring a movie in to watch. The movie will only play when the brain waves are within the therapeutic range. When the brain waves go out of range, the movie pauses, which provides feedback to you that something is out of balance. Over the course of time the brain starts to figure out the pattern and stops spiking outside of range as often. As the brain improves we are able to adjust thresholds to continue to improve brain function. The process is similar to a parent rewarding their child for good behaviors, while not rewarding negative behaviors. We are looking to condition or train those good patterns to become the new normal.
- What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that acts as a reward system for the brain to restore your brainwave patterns to a more optimal range of functioning. It is a non-invasive treatment that works toward improving the source of your unwanted health symptoms. Neurofeedback differs from medicine in that it repairs the issue at its core, whereas meds can only alleviate symptoms for as long as they are in your system simply by masking the initial problem.
How does Neurofeedback work?
At Neurocore, neurofeedback is as easy as watching a movie of your choice. While watching your movie, an EEG (sensors on your head) monitors how fast or slow your brainwaves are firing and subconsciously teaches your brain to fire at more optimal speeds. The movie you're watching only plays when your brainwaves are functioning within an optimal range, rewarding your brain. When your brainwaves fire at a rate that's too slow, too often or too fast, the movie will pause — providing immediate feedback to your brain that something is out of balance. Over the course of our brain performance training program, your brain will learn from this feedback and long-lasting structural changes within your brain will take place, allowing the brain to consistently operate within an optimal range outside of the training environment, alleviating your symptoms.
What does Neurofeedback treat?
Neurofeedback is used to treat many conditions such as: ADHD and ADD, stress disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, autism, Aspergers, depression, headaches, migraines, concussions and sleep issues. It also may be used to aid memory concerns; to help individuals struggling with epilepsy, PTSD, Tourette Syndrome, obsessive/compulsive behaviors and aggression; as well as to repair brain damage from stroke or a traumatic brain injury.
What else can it help with?
Many professional athletes and business professionals also use neurofeedback to improve mental performance and productivity through increased focus and better stress management. Many individuals experience supplemental benefits to neurofeedback training, which can include improved sleep quality, less anxiety, greater ability to adapt and tackle daily challenges and greater overall cognitive processing. Neurofeedback also has been shown to increase IQ by an average of 12 points. (Click the picture of Kirk Cousins for his Neurocore story.)
Neurocore's Neurofeedback Training
Each Neurocore brain performance session starts with HRV Biofeedback training. Then we add Neurofeedback training. Learn the specifics of our HRV biofeedback and neurofeedback treatment, and learn the benefits of each.
- What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback uses technology to provide you with feedback on your body's key systems. This data allows you to better control your body's health and to teach your body to perform more optimally. Simply put: Through biofeedback, you receive information (feedback) regarding your body (bio): heart rate, muscle tension and blood pressure, among other things.
Biofeedback may be used to treat many conditions, such as chronic pain, headache tension, migraine tension and high blood pressure. It also is very effective in treating stress-related symptoms and conditions. This therapy teaches relaxation techniques to calm the body, both mentally and physically, alleviating the unwanted symptoms.
Popular types of Biofeedback
- Heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback: measures respiration rate and heart rate
- Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback): measures brainwave patterns
- Electromyography (EMG) biofeedback: measures muscle tension patterns
- Thermal biofeedback: measures skin temperature
Each Neurocore session begins with HRV biofeedback training, during which your heart rate and breathing patterns are monitored in tandem to determine a measurement of cohesion. The better the cohesion between your breathing and heart rate, the better you're able to manage stress. Additionally, high cohesion means less stress is placed on your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, which is better for your overall, long-term heart health. After Neurocore's biofeedback training, we add neurofeedback (or EEG biofeedback) training. Learn the specifics of our HRV biofeedback and neurofeedback treatment, and learn the benefits of each.
- What is brain performance training?
After you have taken the brain diagnostic assessment, you will begin your brain performance training. At a Neurocore Brain Performance Center, each 45-minute neurofeedback and biofeedback session takes advantage of your brain’s ability to change – that's neuroplasticity. During the 30-session program, you learn to breathe deeper and slower, your brain learns how to stop spiking out of range and brain and heart function improves. All in a natural, drug-free way.
1. Biofeedback Training (HRV Training)
With HRV biofeedback, you learn to breathe deeper and slower to maximize your heart function, allowing proper blood and oxygen to flow throughout your body, most importantly, to your brain. 20% of the oxygen of every breathe you take goes straight to your brain. For the first 5 minutes of every session, you will work with a client advocate to focus on improving your breathing, getting immediate feedback of your HRV, or heart rate variability. You will receive further HRV biofeedback during your neurofeedback training.
You are able to get this feedback by watching your respiratory rate and heart rate simultaneously (displayed in picture). To achieve consistency, you will watch a pacer that is pre-set by a client advocate to inhale and exhale at a rate that is working towards your optimal breathes per minute pace. Over the course of the 30-session program, the ability of your heart and respiratory system to work together (cohesion) will improve.
Benefits of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training:
- Reduce stress
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Reduce cortisol levels
- Improve recovery (better sleep, faster muscle and mental recovery)
- Improve cognitive and memory performance
- Improve mood
- Increase energy level
2. Neurofeedback Training (EEG Biofeedback)
With neurofeedback, our training is fun! You watch a movie. That's it. That's all you have to do! You will watch a movie for 40 minutes each session while hooked up to the same EEG equipment as the assessment that plays only when your brain speed is within the therapeutic range. When it goes out of range, the movie pauses, which tells you that something is out of balance.
During the 30-session program, your brain will subconsciously learn how to stop spiking out of range, and brain function improves. You learn how to optimize your brainwave activity the same way you learn other skills — through feedback and practice. You can bring in your own DVD movie (or tv show) or select from our collection at the center. Every 10 sessions you will be reassessed to track your progress. One of our clinical specialists will sit down with you and explain your results and further develop your custom training program as you continue.
Benefits of Neurofeedback Training:
- Improve focus and attention
- Improve quality of sleep
- Increase energy level
- Improve recovery (faster muscle and mental recovery)
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Prevent headaches and migraines
- Improve mood
- Improve IQ (12 points on average)
How do I find out if my insurance will cover Neurocore's services?
- Why is the program 30 sessions? How often do I need to come in?
The research indicates the brain needs 30 sessions (or 20 hours) of feedback to move beyond the adaptive state of neuroplasticity, and to make changes that last. If treatment is ended prior to 30 sessions the long term gains are not as significant. We recommend 2-3 sessions of training per week for optimal benefit.
- What conditions does biofeedback and neurofeedback training help treat?
Biofeedback and neurofeedback training helps treat ADHD, anxiety, autism and aspergers, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), treatment and prevention of migraines and headaches, sleep issues and sleep disorders and stress. If you come to us to treat one specific condition, you will more than likely experience improvements in other areas as well. One of the first and most common improvements discovered, even towards the beginning of training, is the improvement in sleep, even if they came to us to treat ADHD, stress, or another condition or symptom.
- What makes up our Brain Diagnostic Assessment?
At Neurocore, we go beyond a simple checklist of reported or observed behaviors. Using data gathered through cutting-edge brainwave mapping technology and other evaluation tools, Neurocore provides a deep understanding of why an individual's health and well-being may be compromised.
Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG)
A qEEG is at the core of our assessment process and helps us to understand what is happening in your brain. Sensors that capture the frequencies of your brainwaves are clipped to both ears, and a third sensor is placed at the top-center of your head. The third sensor is then moved to the left side and then to the right. This allows us to measure and record the brain waves in both the right and left temporal lobes and at the top of the brain where the frontal and parietal lobes meet.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
This test measures your heart rate and breathing patterns. Data will be analyzed to determine if your respiratory system and cardiovascular system are functioning in cohesion with one another. Good cohesion between the respiratory and cardiovascular systems is vital to brain health.
Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVA)
Autonomic Nervous System Response (ANSR) Scale
The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) for children or the Adult Self Report (ASR) for adults are used to help the clinical specialist begin to understand the behaviors you're seeing or experiencing, as well as to address social and emotional health concerns.
You Receive Your Results The Very Same Day
A Brain Diagnostic Assessment appointment lasts 90 minutes. You will be evaluated, then meet with a clinical specialist to go over your results — all in the same day. We may recommend evaluations beyond the core assessment, which may include hormone testing, vision testing and IQ testing.
Many insurance plans cover Neurocore’s services. We provide a free insurance consultation prior to the time of the initial neurological assessment to inform clients if and how much will be covered.
How do I find out if my insurance will cover Neurocore's services?