The American Center of Biological Medicine (ACBM) is located in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. At the ACBM, we understand the summertime slump that happens in Arizona. That is why there is no better time than summer to get your brain back into shape.
We consulted with Naturopathic Doctor Ann Marie Milliken on ways to get your brain back to better cognitive functioning through biological medical treatment options. Dr. Milliken gave us some insights about neurofeedback and how this treatment process can help improve attention, alertness, and more.
If you have been experiencing brain fog or that Arizona summertime slump, neurofeedback could be the right solution for you.
How can neurofeedback help shape your brain?
Dr. Milliken says that neurofeedback is a noninvasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time in order to produce changes in brain wave activity and create normal brain wave patterns.
A computer monitors brain wave activity while the patient watches a movie or listens to music. When deviations from normal brain wave activity occur, the computer triggers audio and visual cues that alert the brain that it is outside normal ranges. The brain then subconsciously adjusts itself back to normal patterns to make the cue stop.
Through repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own. This is based on operant conditioning, which is a method of learning where rewards for positive behavior encourage and strengthen that behavior.
How does neurofeedback enhance cognitive performance?
Neurofeedback changes the activation and patterns of brain waves (Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta) in different lobes of the brain, which:
- Improves communication between various regions of the brain
- Adjusts asymmetries
- Regulates the amount and magnitude of each brain wave in specific areas of the brain
Dr. Milliken says, “By adjusting the brain wave patterns into optimal ranges, we see improvements in attention, alertness, cognitive function, and emotional regulation.”
Who would you recommend neurofeedback treatment to?
Dr. Milliken says that neurofeedback is intended for people with nervous system conditions. It is very beneficial for anyone with anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, ADD, migraines, memory loss, and for anyone who has had a concussion or other brain injury.
What can patients expect during a neurofeedback appointment?
- During the first appointment, we record a patient’s qEEG brain map. To do this, we place an electrode cap on the head that measures the electrical impulses in the brain. The results show brain wave patterns in different parts of the brain.
- The neurofeedback physician receives a brain map report that evaluates the activity of the Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta brain waves in each lobe of the brain, which is then then used to develop the training protocol.
- During the training sessions, patients watch a movie or listen to music for 30 minutes with two small electrodes attached to their scalp. These electrodes provide information regarding brain wave activity to our Neurointegration software, which records the brain waves and displays the data in real time on a computer screen that is monitored by the neurofeedback physician.
- The incoming brain waves are compared to that of optimal brain wave activity. If the brain waves deviate from the normal ranges, the audio and video of the movie and music fade. The brain detects this and refocuses itself back into the proper ranges so that the picture and sound return. This is based on operant conditioning, where the brain is rewarded when the movie and music return to normal.
- Over time, the brain learns to stay in the optimal ranges without the reward stimulus from the computer.
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About Dr. Ann Marie Milliken, NMD
Dr. Ann Marie Milliken is a licensed and board-certified primary care physician with a passion for patient care and innovative research leading to disease diagnosis, prevention, and personalized medicine. She is a highly-qualified medical professional with a strong motivation to be recognized for contributing to revolutionary studies in disease detection and treatment. Dr. Milliken possess the unique capability of bringing a physician’s perspective to a variety of clinical and research environments, which leads to excellence in performance and achievement. Additionally, she is a lifetime academic achiever with a desire to provide a human interface to the world of critically ill patients. Dr. Milliken is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) who earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.