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Biofeedback

The Katy Brain Clinic offers multiple forms of biofeedback therapy to augment our clients' therapy sessions.

Ask your therapist or the front desk staff today about incorporating our biofeedback technologies into your treatment!

BLAST | HeartMath EmWave | DAVID Delight | Alpha-Stim | GSR Biofeedback

 

BLAST

(Bi-lateral Alternating Stimulation - Tactile Form Technology)

 

REDUCE STRESS BY 70% IN AS FEW AS 30 SECONDS!

 

What is Bilateral Stimulation?

 

Bilateral stimulation is stimuli (visual, auditory or tactile) that occur in a rhythmic left-right pattern. When a person deliberately focuses on a distressing memory or thought, and then concentrates on bilateral stimulation, their distress can be reduced. Moreover, research shows that the distressing memory often becomes less distressing in a long-term way.

 

How does LG Counseling provide this stimulation?

 

LG Counseling’s BLAST devices are twin neuro-scientific wearables that provide fast relief from stress. They are worn on each side of the body for 15 minutes before, during or after a stressful situation. Clients can wear them during stressful sessions in order to maintain calm nervous system functioning.

 

How does bilateral stimulation work?

 

Using gentle, haptic micro-vibrations, these devices give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body's fight, flight or freeze response to restore calm nervous system functioning. This not only helps to reduce the amount of perceived stress experienced, but also the associated body sensation that comes with it (i.e. stomach butterflies or tightness in the chest). Having the ability to think rationally without an associated body sensation helps the brain create new neural pathways that are net positive, and this has a lasting effect on your brain. Now the next time you think of that same stressful situation, it doesn’t feel so bad!

 

What does bilateral stimulation do?

 

Bilateral stimulation can produce four main effects:

  1. A relaxation effect including decreased physiological arousal.

  2. Increased attentional flexibility (meaning that your thoughts become less ‘stuck’ on whatever was bothering you).

  3. Distancing effect (meaning that the problem seems smaller and further away).

  4. Decreased worry.

 

HeartMath

What is HeartMath's emWave Pro?

 

Heartmath's emWave Pro is a unique training system that objectively monitors your heart rhythms and displays the physiological level of coherence — an optimal, scientifically measurable state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in sync and in balance, and the immune, hormonal and nervous systems function in a state of harmonious coordination.

 

How does LG Counseling provide this training?

 

Using a pulse sensor clipped to the patient’s ear, emWave Pro collects pulse data and translates coherence information into user–friendly graphics displayed on a computer screen. emWave Pro helps clients create a coherent state through coherence techniques, interactive exercises and games, building resilience, increasing energy, and promoting focus, mental clarity and emotional balance.

 

Coherence: A State of Optimal Function

 

Significant research has shown that generating sustained positive emotions facilitates a body-wide shift to a specific, scientifically measurable state. This state is termed psychophysiological coherence, because it is characterized by increased order and harmony in both our psychological (mental and emotional) and physiological (bodily) processes. Psycho-physiological coherence is state of optimal function. Research shows that when we activate this state, our physiological systems function more efficiently, we experience greater emotional stability, and we also have increased mental clarity and improved cognitive function. Simply stated, our body and brain work better, we feel better, and we perform better.

 

DAVID Delight Plus

What is the DAVID Delight Plus?

 

The DAVID Delight Plus is a portable device that provides Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) to help clients with a broad range of issues. The AVE sessions are supported by research studies which include Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress reduction, insomnia, improved mood, mental sharpness and balance (reduced risk of falling) in seniors, and reduced worry plus improvements in concentration and memory in college students. The DAVID Delight Plus features five distinct categories of sessions: Energize, Meditate, Brain Brightener, Sleep and Mood Booster, with five sub-selections for each category. 

 

What is happening when I'm using the DAVID Delight Plus?

There are a number of things that are going on when you are using a DAVID:

  1. Your EEG activity is being altered - As the AVE frequency changes, so does the frequency in the brain – it’s that easy! For example, our Feeling Better sessions re-stabilize brainwaves by suppressing left frontal alpha while boosting right frontal alpha to normal levels.

  2. You are being dissociated – When using AVE, you get drawn into the present moment and let go of thoughts relating to your daily hassles, hectic schedules, paying bills, worries, threats or anxieties and stop the unhealthy mental “chatter.” Dissociation involves a “disconnection” of self from thoughts and body awareness, as is experienced during deep meditation. Dissociation begins in four to eight minutes from properly applied AVE.

  3. Your limbic system is being stabilized – Your body is calmed, your breathing becomes rhythmic, your hands warm and your muscles relax.

  4. A number of neurotransmitters are being produced – People with depressed mood have low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. AVE boosts brain levels of serotonin, and norepinephrine to improve overall well-being.

  5. Your cerebral blood flow is being  increased - CBF is associated with many forms of mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, attentional problems, behavior disorders and impaired cognitive function. CBF tends to lower as we age often causing cognitive decline. People experiencing depressed mood usually have lower levels of CBF in the left frontal and prefrontal lobes.  

  

What is Audio-Video Entrainment (AVE)?

 

Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) is a technique that utilizes pulses of light and sound at specific frequencies to gently and safely guide the brain into various brain wave patterns. By altering your brain wave frequencies, you have the ability to boost your mood, improve sleep patterns, sharpen your mind and increase your level of relaxation, all with the simple push of a button!

AVE is capable of producing situationally appropriate brain wave frequencies through the process of entrainment (the tendency of physiological processes to mirror environmental stimuli). AVE also increases cerebral blood flow (blood flow in the brain) and increases the metabolization of glucose in the brain for improved functioning of the neurons. The combined outcome of these processes is improved mental performance. It is an effective, inexpensive alternative therapy for many disorders such as anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), PTSD, Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. AVE devices are also used successfully to boost physical performance for athletes, academic performance for students and cognitive performance for seniors.

 

An important objective of entrainment is to produce a dissociative state, which is a meditation-like state of deep relaxation. It is the brain/body rehabilitative benefits produced by this deep trance-like state that makes AVE so useful for so many conditions. The dissociative state can be first observed by noticing deep and diaphragmatic breathing. Hands and feet become warmer as arteries dilate. Skin color will become pinker as blood flow increases throughout the face and body. Blood flow will increase in the brain as well. The person will experience feelings of profound relaxation and contentment as beneficial neurotransmitters are released into the brain. When in this deep state, the brain/body’s regenerative repair chemicals (parasympathetic hormones) and stabilizing neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine are released, which restore good brain function. AVE contributes to this restoration by providing a stress-break, increasing cerebral blood flow and encouraging impaired neuronal firing which allows the brain to return to normal function.

When the body-mind effects from experiencing AVE are fully appreciated, the experience becomes as regular and beneficial as many other life essentials such as quality sleep, good nutrition, pure water and exercise. Sleep is another area where AVE has been shown to be beneficial, contributing to the natural regenerative process of the body and brain.

 

Alpha-Stim

What is the Alpha-Stim Technology?


Alpha-Stim is an electrotherapy device prescribed by healthcare professionals to effectively treat chronic, acute, and post-traumatic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

What is happening when I'm using the Alpha-Stim?

Pain, mood conditions (like anxiety and depression), and insomnia are all controlled by your body’s central nervous system. The billions of individual cells that comprise the nervous system communicate every sensation by conducting electrochemical signals between the cells in your body and brain.

The Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device works by transmitting a unique, patented electrical waveform to modulate the cells’ signals to return to baseline, normal functioning—significantly reducing pain, anxiety, depression, or insomnia without medication. With Alpha-Stim, many people experience significant relief after a single treatment. With continued use, the effects of the Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device can be even greater, increasing cumulatively over time as cell function becomes more readily modulated.

The Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device delivers lasting results for pain, anxiety, depression, and anxiety without dangerous side effects, tolerance, or addiction. In 30+ years and clinical studies involving more than 8,800 people, Alpha-Stim users have reported no serious side effects.

Are there proven results?

 

Since 1981, Alpha-Stim has helped hundreds of thousands of people achieve remarkable results. Surveys of Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device users show overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of the Alpha-Stim device, shown below:

% Reporting Significant Improvement (>25%)*
*Patient self-reports after using Alpha-Stim technology for at least 3 weeks.
 

GSR2 –Biofeedback Relaxation System

What is hand-warming biofeedback?

 

Hand-warming is one of many methods used in biofeedback training. Under stress, the tiny blood vessels beneath the surface of your skin constrict and the flow of blood is re-directed to the major muscles and internal organs of the body. This is why your hands feel cold when you are stressed. All the blood has been shunted away as the result of the “fight or flight response.”Hand and foot temperatures can range over 40 degrees from a low of 60 degrees to as high as 99 degrees. When you’re

stressed, changes of 5 degrees or more can take place in seconds.

 

The temperature thermometer gives patients highly accurate information on how stress (and even stressful thoughts)

affect your body. Watch your temperature plummet 10 degrees just by thinking about your angry boss. See it

surge 6 degrees when you talk about your great vacation or skyrocket 22 degrees when you listen to a relaxation CD.

 

How does LG Counseling use this technology?

 

The small, hand-held and self contained Deluxe GSR Temp 2X Biofeedback Machine is a Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) monitoring device. The GSR2 precisely monitors your stress levels by translating tiny tension-related changes in skin pores into a rising or falling tone. By resting two fingers on the sensing plates you learn to lower the pitch and your stress level. There is also a temperature sensor and temperature meter for monitoring heat levels in fingers.

 

The stress thermometer has the advantage of giving you a specific number value for stress levels that can be compared over time to check for improvement and for degrees of reaction to different stressful events.

Is the Stress Thermometer just for training specific stress responses?

 

No, temperature control with biofeedback is often used by migraine headache sufferers and by people with Raynaud’s disease (poor circulation in the extremities). The Stress Thermometer is also used by people with generalized stress and/or anxiety or by people who want a simple way to learn how to relax.