What is Neurotherapy?
Neurotherapy is a combination of two individual therapies, neurostimulation and neurofeedback, to treat a variety of neuro-related conditions. Prior to starting neurotherapy, we 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 compares to the normative database of others who are the same age.
Neurostimulation uses pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation (pEMF), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), transcranial direct current, and/or transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS). Neurostimulation increases the blood flow to the brain, which allows for a 90 minute period of neuroplasticity (heightened brain activity in an effort to change, create new pathways and heal) after the 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 exposed 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 specific areas of the brain.
- tRNS uses white noise to administer photons and electrons directly to the brain 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. This trains the brain to create the desired brain activity.
What Conditions Can Neurotherapy Help Treat?
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delays
- Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
- Head Injuries
- Meditation Improvement
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
- Stress Disorders
What a Neurotherapy Treatment Looks Like
First, we discuss the patient’s present symptoms at the initial consultation. Then, an initial brain map, also known as a QEEG, is performed for 20 minutes to record the patient’s brain activity. An initial consultation can last anywhere from 45-60 minutes.
Next, a consultant will 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. Neurofeedback is added later in the treatment plan. Starting with neurostimulation allows us to show the brain how we want it to act. Neurofeedback then trains the brain.
The typical number of sessions that are needed varies greatly on the condition and its severity. Improvements can be seen after 10 to 40 sessions, but again, improvements and sessions needed are based on each individual person. It is important to note that a number of sessions are needed to see a lasting effect. We ask that patients commit to a minimum of 10-20 sessions, to start seeing progress.
Scheduling and Cost of Neurotherapy
The initial QEEG Brain Mapping will cost $1,000.00 plus MN Care Tax. Typically, insurance companies will pick up most, if not all, of the cost.
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 – $2,400
- Package of 25 EEG Feedback/Neurostim Sessions – $3,900
- Package of 40 EEF Feedback/Neurostim Sessions – $6,150
The follow-up QEEG Brain Mapping, completed after 10 sessions, is no charge, if you purchase a package.
Mackenzie is a neurology technician, and working on becoming board-certified in neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
She is also an EEG Neurofeedback and Frequency-Specific Microcurrent technician at Newbridge.