Is Biofeedback Home Training for me?
Just browsing the internet, you can find lots of home training devices to help your brain. We believe that home training can be very helpful under certain circumstances and recommend that you choose a home training device that has been scientifically evaluated and is able to address the areas of brain function that are relevant for you. Our evaluations are geared to find the recommendations that best suite your needs. We will discuss home training options with you as we develop your personalized plan.
Tips for Biofeedback Home Training
Begin under the supervision of a licensed professional.
Confirm that the device does what you need. For example, just because a device indicates it “helps with focus”, it may or may not be addressing the brain function that you personally need to improve your focus.
Is the device FDA approved? FDA approval is costly, so some manufacturers forego this approval to provide the product at a lower cost. Be sure to weight the benefits of FDA approval. If you are particularly sensitive, this may offer you peace of mind. For others it may not be as necessary a consideration.
Devices you can use for Biofeedback home training
What is the Alpha-Stim?
Alpha-Stim is a noninvasive, handheld medical device that treats depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain. It uses Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), delivered in microcurrents through two Earclip Electrodes that clip onto your earlobes, to bring safe, fast, and effective relief.
Will it Help Me?
This home training device must be prescribed by a licensed provider. Most people will be able to tell during an office visit if the Alpha-Stim is something that will benefit them.
How Does Alpha-Stim Work?
The Alpha-Stim® AID is a Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) device that uses low-level electrical current to safely and effectively treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. … Using a patented waveform, Alpha-Stim is an FDA approved device that is proven safe and effective by more than 100 studies over the past 37 years.
What is BAUD therapy?
The BAUD, or Bio Acoustical Utilization Device, is a new and powerful neurotherapy tool for personal change. Invented by Dr. Frank Lawlis, an American pioneer in medical psychology and the Clinic Director of the Lawlis-Peavey Clinic in Dallas, Texas. The BAUD is a hand-held device with a unique technology based on the latest discoveries of neuroscience. By simply listening to special sound frequencies through the BAUD earphones that are common to brain frequencies, you can actually affect the function of neural activity deep within the brain. The BAUD’s intermixed sound frequencies and waveforms help to stimulate natural brain plasticity which results in a powerful shift and release of the energy driving external problems. This technology has been used disorders like depression, phobias, substance abuse, OCD, and ADHD.
Will it Help Me?
Following one office session with a professional, most people are able to use the BAUD on their own to train at home with remote supervision.
How Does the BAUD Work?
The BAUD allows you to disrupt unwanted neural patterns. The Baud is designed to emit sound frequencies that are common to brain frequencies. The user simply tunes the BAUD, and these frequencies mix to create a binaural pulses that initially match the brain frequency of the unwanted neural pattern and then interfere with the brain pattern and disrupt it.
What is the David?
The DAVID Delight Pro provides audio-visual entrainment sessions also known as brainwave entrainment and cranio-electro stimulation (CES) with sophistication and simplicity. Our sessions have been thoroughly tested and are designed based on most current research findings to ensure you the most effective results. The sessions on the Delight Pro are supported by research studies which include Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress reduction, sleep, 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 Delight Pro sessions also include our proprietary randomization process, which helps encourage dissociation and brain frequency tracking to the stimulus.The Delight Pro features larger easy-to-read, easy-to-operate buttons and allows users to select a session very easily.
Will it Help Me?
The David features 25 sessions organized into five distinct categories of sessions: Energize, Meditate, Brain Brightener, Sleep and Mood Booster, with five selections for each category. It also includes five auto playing Sound Sync Sessions and five locations for you to store sessions your design with the DAVID session editor. Most people can learn to use the David within one supervised session in the office before utilizing it on their own.
How Does the David Work?
With the invention of the transistor in the 1960s, small, low-power and reliable
CES devices were developed. By 1975 several companies in the US and Europe
were manufacturing CES devices for public use. During this time, research on
CES was quite active and scientific papers were published.
Most studies to date have shown CES as a reliable method to reduce anxiety and
improve cognition in recovering alcoholics. Additional studies have shown CES
to be an effective tool in reducing anxiety and improving IQ.
Research to date is quite vague on the effects of using CES at various
frequencies, citing both low and high frequencies can be effective for improving
learning and reducing anxiety. Many people who used CES along with AVE, have
reported that they experienced deeper relaxation for prolonged periods of time.
In addition to enhancing entrainment, CES increases neurotransmitter
production. These neurotransmitters are necessary for information processing,
memory, energy level and physical well-being. When our neurotransmitters and
endorphins are not produced to necessary levels, it may lead to destructive
behaviors and/or the abuse of substances as a substitute for that “natural high”.
With a simple ear clip, the iom2 measures your body’s Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to determine your Resonance score, which is a direct reflection of your state of stress or relaxation. Paired with our Journeys software on desktop or mobile devices, the innovative iom2 helps you gain more awareness of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical state, guiding you through your meditation and into deeper states of relaxation.
Heart Rate Variability
The iom2 primarily measures Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is a measure of the variation in time between heartbeats and is considered to be a strong indicator of your meditative state. It has been shown through decades of research that a higher HRV correlates with an optimal, relaxed nervous system state, positive emotions, and improved health.
Unyte teaches specific breathing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques that are proven to increase your HRV. With Unyte, you gain instantaneous awareness of your nervous system state and learn to directly influence your HRV.
What is IM?
Interactive Metronome® (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures & improves Neurotiming, or the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory & motor performance. As the individual activates a trigger in time with a steady auditory beat, IM technology provides real-time auditory and visual feedback for millisecond timing. Knowing whether he is hitting before, after, or exactly in sync with the beat to the millisecond allows the individual to make immediate, online corrections to improve timing & rhythm over the course of training.
Peer reviewed studies repeatedly confirm the importance of timing & rhythm for human performance. According to IM research, improving Neurotiming may result in better function in the following areas:
Expressive & Receptive Language
Reading Comprehension, Rate & Fluency
Upper Extremity Function (Parkinson’s, hemiplegia, CP, hand function)
Athletic Performance (golf, soccer)