Combining Neuromodulation Technologies
Passive, non-invasive and drug-free, neuromodulation technologies like neurofeedback are fantastic tools to facilitate robust mental health. At The BrainCollective, we are experienced in the field of combining neurofeedback with other stimulation technologies and take care not to favour any one modality.
Using neurostimulation like Neurofield in combination with neurofeedback changes the brains functional connectivity and emergent properties. We have successfully used this combined approach to treat strokes, intractable depression, anxiety, and processing difficulties.
Different conditions require different approaches, and the effectiveness of different technologies differs with the individual. We pick the approach that best fits and keep adapting it until we find the optimal modality or combination of modalities for each client.
We also host annual practitioner training courses delivered by the developers of the Neurofield platform, Dr Nicholas Dogris and Dr Tiffany Thompson.
Types of Neurofield Technologies
In addition to neuromodulation technologies like Infralow and Neuroguide, which have already been discussed on our website, we use a range of technologies from the Neurofield toolkit. These include Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (pEMF) and Non-invasive Microcurrent Stimulation.
These modalities are used in a customised way to aid our clients’ brain and body function.
pEMF – Pulsed Eletromagnetic Field therapy
The application of pEMF stimulation is imperceptible, yet the effects are real. We use these around the head to facilitate brainwave entrainment. Our unit is a low intensity 4-channel pEMF generator using four 200-wind coil packs for precision placement anywhere on the brain or body.
pEMF can also be used on the body to promote tissue healing and help to reduce inflammation. The physicist Nogier, using light therapy on the body, identified seven frequency bands which had different impact on tissues. Using the same principles and frequencies, an imperceptible stimulation is administered to clients via the pEMF coils. You can’t feel it because the electricity is sent through a spiral which changes the electromagnetic field around the coil. It is called pEMF – Pulsed Eletromagnetic Field therapy.
Non-invasive Microcurrent Stimulation
There are three modalities in this tool kit. They include tRNS, tDCS and tACS.
tRNS – Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation/tPNF – Transcranial Pink Noise Stimulation
tRNS and tPNF are forms of electrical stimulation that are used to treat many conditions and pathologies, in both brain and body. Alternating current like white noise (similar to the fuzz of a television screen) passes back and forth through the brain.
We use tRNS/ tPNS as a primer to prepare the brain to be more receptive to other intervention by promoting neuroplasticity.
tDCS -Trans Cranial Direct Current Stimulation
The purpose of tDCS is to create a condition of neuroplasticity which makes the brain more susceptible to neurofeedback and pEMF conditioning. In cases of profound depression, we have found tDCS helps activatin the Left Frontal cortex.
tDCS is transcranial direct current stimulation. It is a form of electrical stimulation that is used to treat many conditions and pathologies in the brain. The technology uses a positive and a negative electrode (the anode and cathode respectively). Direct current passes a one-way current through the brain or the body. In the brain, a surge in calcium ions and in sodium ions creates a condition of neuroplasticity, which makes the brain more susceptible to accept other treatments.
tACS – Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation
Clinicians in our practice use this stimulation device to help patients heal, recover, and change brain and/or body. tACS is an entrainment technique to promote the brain to function in a better rhythm and it also facilitates training the brain using other technologies. It is an acronym for transcranial alternating current stimulation – a form of electrical stimulation that uses two electrodes to pass gentle current back and forth through brain or body.