Neurocore Brain Performance Centers were founded in 2004. Specializing in providing data-driven assessments with regards to EEG and qEEG brain activity, their mission is to use such data to improve mental acuity while managing mental disorders originating in abnormal EEG activity. Electroencephalography, or, EEG for short, is a monitoring method that records electrical activity in the brain. Using electrodes that are placed along the scalp, or, sometimes directly on the brain, Electroencephalography monitors and records the electrical activity of neurons. Over the fourteen years, Neurocore has been in operation, it has become a national authority within the medical industry; developing new technologies which have radical implications in first-line treatment options for varying degrees of mental issues like ADHD, depression, and anxiety.
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One technique Neurocore has developed to treat mental issues like depression or anxiety is known as Neurofeedback. Essentially, Neurofeedback is based on principles which, in retrospect, are pretty simple. Basically, what makes this technique so effective is that it provides a way for clinicians to retrain someone’s brain using subconscious reward systems; thereby creating changes at an unconscious level without interference from the conscious area of the mind.
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At Neurocore, the assessment phase of this treatment option is conducted using a belt placed around the patient’s waist allowing staff to monitor breathing. Along with this, a device similar to a swimming cap is placed on the patients head containing sensors which pick up on the various frequencies naturally occurring inside the brain. Monitoring these brainwaves grants Neurocore staff insights into how a patient is feeling in real time. Where Neurofeedback begins taking place is when the patient watches a movie while their brainwave activity is monitored by staff using such devices.
As the movie is playing, the patient’s job is to keep their breathing, heart rate and focus in harmony, allowing better quality breaths and increased oxygen flow to the bloodstream and brain. The purpose of this exercise is for the patient to find their ‘sweet spot’ where more oxygen is flowing to vital organs, allowing them to work at greater efficiency without the need for medications. If the patient goes out of their allocated threshold, the movie stops playing until a harmonious state is once again reached. Over time, both patient and Neurocore staff are granted invaluable insights into the unconscious mechanisms responsible for breaks in breathing patterns and focus that keep the movie playing. Using the data gathered from these sessions’ grants staff and patient’s with invaluable information concerning what stimuli triggers changes in their physiological states, thereby opening the door for change.
Although many of Neurocore’s techniques are still experimental, they provide opportunities for patients and clinicians to gain invaluable insight into the inner workings of the mind. Such insights promise new forms of treatment which are not only more effective in treating varying degrees of mental issues, but also make changes on an unconscious level, preventing conscious sabotage by the patient.