The good news is that as far as brain health goes, you have a lot of options. The bad news is…you have a lot of options.
There is no such thing as a problem with a single solution and the bigger the problem the more viable solutions we need on the table. We are proud to be part of a larger community that has recognized and is seeking to address these issues. Still there is some disagreement as to the best approach and you’ll forgive us if we are partial to ours.
With over 50,000 client brain patterns in our system (and growing) – the largest relational database on brain functioning available today – what we share below is founded on hard data and scientific evidence.
Ultimately, however, the best way – and really the only way – to truly understand how Brainwave Optimization® works is to experience it yourself. We encourage you to do so.
Brainwave Optimization® versus Pharmacological Interventions
Traditional medicine contends that chemistry drives function. We believe that function drives chemistry and that all function begins in the brain. Rather than altering the brain’s chemistry to correct dysfunction in the brain, our approach seeks to improve the brain’s function
Brainwave Optimization® versus EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback
First, the similarities: both Brainwave Optimization and Neurofeedback are aimed at improving brain function by altering brainwave activity and both have proven helpful to thousands of clients. From there, our modality takes some dramatic departures from neurofeedback.
- Brainwave Optimization helps the brain to change itself. Neurofeedback depends on training the person to change their brain.
Brainwave Optimization collects energy from brainwaves. The energy is transposed into data that is converted into sound. During Brainwave Optimization, the brain’s own sounds are played back to the brain, causing it to seek its own, natural level of health. In neurofeedback, brainwave data is collected and transmitted to a neurofeedback interpretation center. At the center, the data is compared to brain patterns considered “normal.” Then neurofeedback protocols are delivered to force brain patterns to match pre-determined patterns for normal.
- Neurofeedback depends on operant conditioning; forcing brainwaves into new and prescribed patterns. Brainwave Optimization induces the brain back to its own healthy state.
Brain changes happen much more quickly and permanently when the brain balances itself rather than when a person is being asked to train their brain. Results happen more quickly and sustain much longer when the brain seeks its own “normal” and is not forced to match a pre-determined pattern of “normal.”
- Brainwave Optimization is based on the belief that brainwave disturbances are a result of physical and emotional traumas. Neurofeedback is based on the idea that brainwaves are dysregulated, and training can regulate them.
Through the Brainwave Optimization process, we are able to identify how trauma is affecting brain function. We are able to arrive at a more precise understanding of how that trauma is affecting brain patterns. Armed with that understanding, we are able to directly target the areas of the brain that require re-balancing and harmonizing.
- Neurofeedback treatments require a much longer time before results appear.
Although every person’s experience is different, neurofeedback typically requires 40 to hundreds of sessions or more for the average person to experience results. With Brainwave Optimization, clients typically commit to a one-hour process for the initial assessment and then participate in 10-12 sessions in the space of one week. Whereas, our clients often report results within three or four sessions, it may take 20 neurofeedback sessions before it can be determined that any positive effect is taking place. For many, this can be precious time wasted. For children, it can be nearly impossible.
- Brainwave Optimization utilize proprietary sensors and software analytics to gather more brainwave data and analize it in far greater detail than is possible in Neurofeedback.
Brainwave Optimization utilizes proprietary sensors and software to gather and analyze brainwave pattern data at nearly 7000 times the level of resolution employed by standard Neurofeedback systems. Our software analytics identify dominant frequencies in specific spectral brackets, in up to 48,000 bins of spectral data for any given bracket. Neurofeedback typically analyzes brainwave frequencies in no more than 7 frequency ranges. With our high level of data granularity, imbalances and irregularities are easy to spot and good data is easily distinguished from bad data. This makes the filters and deartifacting measures that neurofeedback systems rely on unnecessary and ensures that all relevant data remains intact.