What is Neurotherapy and How Does it Work?
Neurotherapy the combination of two individual therapies, neurostimulation and neurofeedback, to treat a variety of neuro-related conditions. Prior to starting neurotherapy, we first do a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) to measure brain activity. This is done by using electrical brain waves which are then interpreted to see how the individual’s brain activity compared to the normative database of others who are the same age.
Neurostimulation uses pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation (pEMF), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), and/or transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS). Neurostimulation increases the blood flow to the brain which allows for a 90 minute period of neuroplasticity directly after treatment.
- The purpose of pEMF and tACS is to train the brain by showing it how we want it to act through administering a current. When exposure to this current, the brain then mimics this stimulation.
- The purpose of tDCS is not to train the brain, but rather to simultaneously up-regulate and down-regulate different specific areas of the brain.
- tRNS uses white noise to administer photons and electrons directly to the brain in order to promote healing.
Neurofeedback uses operant conditioning (the use of positive and negative rewards) to train your brain in real time, typically through visual or audio feedback. Neurofeedback is incorporated once the patient’s individualized protocol has been established. Using this protocol, the patient watches visual feedback and when their brain activity changes in the desired direction, the visual (or audio) reward is administered in real time. Thus training the brain to create the desired brain activity.
What Conditions can Neurotherapy Help Treat?
The combination of the two modalities is a new and exciting way to treat many conditions including, but not limited to…
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental Delays
- Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
- Head Injuries
What Treatment Looks Like
After discussing the patient’s present symptoms at the initial session, an initial brain map, also known as a QEEG, is performed for 20 minutes to record the patient’s brain activity. However, the total expected length of the initial session is 30 to 45 minutes.
A consultant will then use the raw data from the brain mapping and the individual’s present symptoms to determine treatment protocols. After this has been determined, the first several sessions will primarily involve neurostimulation and neurofeedback will be added in later. Starting with neurostimulation before adding in neurofeedback allows us to show the brain how we want it to act.
The typical number of sessions that are needed varies greatly based on the condition and its severity. Improvements can be seen after 10 to 40 session, but, again, improvements and sessions needed are very individualized. It is important to note that are a number of sessions are needed to see a lasting effect. We do ask that patients commit to a minimum of 10 to 20 sessions.
Interested in Scheduling a QEEG or Neurotherapy Session at Newbridge?
After the evaluation has been completed, a single session of EEG Neurostimulation / 19 channel Loretta Neurofeedback costs $175 and is typically done to ensure that the patient will tolerate the therapy sessions.
Sessions can be purchased in package sets as well:
- Package of 15 EEG Feedback / Neurostim Sessions - $2400
- Package of 25 EEG Feedback / Neurostim Sessions - $3900
- Package of 40 EEG Feedback / Neurostim Sessions - $6150
The follow-up QEEG Brain Mapping, completed after 10 sessions, is no charge if you purchased a package.
Schedule an appointment by calling Newbridge at 612-730-2237. If you are a new patient, you can start by filling out the Welcome Form and an Intake Specialist will contact you at their earliest convenience.