EEG biofeedback therapy blends traditional medical diagnostic methods with a specific treatment targeting the unconscious nervous system. To understand the essence of EEG biofeedback therapy, you need to know what an EEG is, what EEG is used for in medical diagnostics and how does EEG relate to quantum biofeedback therapy from QX World tools such as QUEX S or QUEX ED?
What is EEG
Let’s look at what is EEG? In the brain, the functioning of nerve cells is associated with electrical voltage fluctuations. The voltage fluctuations of the millions of neurons in the cerebral cortex can be conducted through the scalp.
EEG devices were developed to measure brain waves. When an EEG scan is performed, electrodes are attached to the scalp and connected to the EEG machine. The change in voltage between two electrodes gives the EEG curve that forms the diagnostic result.
EEG brain waves
EEG brainwave measurements can show different EEG patterns during wakefulness (attention, concentration, thought activity) but also during certain states of consciousness (wakefulness, coma) or in case of brain dysfunction (circulatory disturbance, epilepsy, tumour).
The pattern of EEG brain waves also varies in different areas of the brain and with age. Accurate EEG analysis is also crucial, as it is an important diagnostic tool, provides the treating physician with very relevant information, influences the course of further tests and therapies, and may even allow the effects of certain medications to be monitored.
The EEG device is an important piece of equipment in clinical practice and is widely used in EEG laboratories and neuro-physiological laboratories.
Why do you need an EEG
EEG brain mapping essentially shows if the frequency and pattern of brain waves is normal. With normal activity, there is no brain abnormality.
The EEG result should always be analysed and interpreted by a neurologist! It is important to know that the EEG alone is not diagnostic. It must be compared with the symptoms and clinical findings to be clear!
If an abnormal EEG result is found on EEG brain mapping, the reasons for this may include the following:
- epilepsy or other seizures
- sleep disorders
- diseases involving swelling of the brain
- head injury
- alcohol, drugs, poison
EEG biofeedback therapy
Modern biofeedback devices are medical therapy tools, which allow biofeedback therapy to be performed quickly, painlessly and effectively. Both the QUEX S and QUEX ED bring the technology of the future to biofeedback clinics and their patients.
Depending on what you want to measure, different biofeedback methods can be used. The biofeedback therapist will use the results of measurements taken with these specific biofeedback methods to teach you techniques to change your breathing patterns or your heart rate, for example.
An EEG biofeedback device, also known as a neurofeedback device, uses EEG sensors to map brain waves. This shows where there is a problem, in which areas, where the brain waves need to be brought into balance, and the therapy also puts the device in your hands to harmonise the functioning of your nervous system.
Neurofeedback is much more than just watching a film while your body heals. Indeed, the EEG biofeedback device uses the power of gamification to bring out-of-balance brainwaves back to normal, but this is possible with serious hardware and software coordination in the background.
During EEG biofeedback therapy, animation viewed on a monitor can include punishment or reward for brainwaves, such as reducing or increasing the size of the image, a distracting sound or normal sound, or starting or stopping the animation.
During neurofeedback training, if the patient pays less attention or concentrates less, the animation stops, if the brainwaves are doing their job properly, the movie starts again. This training will help you master the correct brainwave pattern.
EEG Biofeedback can be used to:
- to increase concentration
- to maintain attention at all times
- improve behavioural disturbance
- reduce hyperactivity
- improve mental performance
- eliminate sleep disturbance
- reducing anxiety
Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback training, is one of the most advanced learning systems available today, with lasting effects on brain function. It involves an active learning process, which the patient can carry out effectively thanks to continuous feedback from a special computer system.