EEG Biofeedback Introduction

Introduction to EEG Biofeedback

Rick D. Thomas, Ph.D. now provides an extraordinary treatment modality to the Greater Kansas City community, brainwave biofeedback. Also known as neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback. This treatment has been shown to be highly effective in treating many physical and psychological disorders. It has been used for individuals who just want to perform at peak efficiency.

EEG biofeedback was originally used successfully to help individuals suffering from epilepsy. It was then found to be applicable to many other disorders. It is not a cure-all, end all treatment, but a rather new (since 1966) treatment modality that has shown clinical success on a variety of disorders.

EEG biofeedback has been used for the successful treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. Many businesses in the United States and Japan train their management personnel in peak performance with peak performance protocols to enhance creativity, coping skills, and critical thinking. EEG biofeedback is also used by professional sports teams for peak performance training.

Rick D. Thomas, Ph.D. has invested heavily in time, money, training, and effort to be one of the few professional practices in the greater Kansas City area to provide this effective model of treatment.

The Model of Rick D. Thomas, Ph.D.

This treatment model has its roots in person-centered psychotherapy, and behavioral self-regulation.

Dr. Thomas knows the healthy brain has the versatility to modulate states or arousal and attention styles as demanded by specific situations. The disordered brain has diminished ability to respond to these specific demands. The immature, injured or disordered brain seems to lack the normal elasticity of the healthy brain. There appears to be discontinuities in cortical processes or breakdowns in intra-cortical communications. The disordered brain seems to get "stuck" and exhibits inappropriate brain waves for the immediate situation. For example, the ADD child tends to exhibit more day dreaming type brainwaves with less than normal concentrating type brainwaves.

EEG biofeedback training teaches a person what specific brain wave states feel like and how to turn those states on at will. The trainee can "move" to different physiological states depending on what the immediate situation requires. Rick D. Thomas, Ph.D. CLAIMS NO MORE THAN THAT A PERSON CAN LEARN THROUGH TRAINING TO CHANGE TO A DIFFERENT PHYSIOLOGICAL STATE. For many years, other clinicians have trained people to change their physiological state through temperature and EMG training. We are simply using more "central" information of EEG correlates of physiological states rather than peripheral measures.

Rick D. Thomas, Ph.D. knows that if we can make the brain more flexible it may have a generalizing effect on other functions such as the nervous system, the immune system, the endocrine system, the body's ability to heal itself and general cognitive functioning.

SELF-HEALING IS WHAT BIOFEEDBACK IS ALL ABOUT. RICK D. THOMAS, Ph.D. DOES NOT DO ANYTHING TO ANYBODY EXCEPT TEACH THEM TO LISTEN IN ON THEMSELVES.

WE ARE TEACHERS, WHICH IS WHAT ANY GOOD THERAPIST IS. WE CAN TEACH PEOPLE TO LISTEN IN ON THEIR OWN PHYSIOLOGY AND TO CHANGE THEIR PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STATES.

Biofeedback is like eavesdropping on our body's internal conversations and using this information to change negative patterns that are contributing to poor physical and mental health. Our bodies are a sea of information and communication every organ talking to every other organ. As a rule, we don't pay attention to these inside-the-skin conversations. With sophisticated listening devices we can collect this information and feed it back to our brains through our ears, eyes, and touch. With practice, we can then begin to change inside-the-skin events to make us healthier. You already use biofeedback. If you charge up the steps noticing your heart rate and respiration goes up, you slow down. Now medical science is able to help us listen to the quieter messages that otherwise go unnoticed until we have medical or emotional problems. With biofeedback we can change temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, chemical responses, electrical impulses and even brainwaves.

What Is Brainwave Biofeedback?

By recording electrical activity produced by the brain and correlating this activity into frequency bands we are able to determine different subjective states of consciousness, such as relaxation, by using EEG feedback. They are able to either enhance this state or change the state. Therefore, a person can learn to do a much more efficient job at such tasks as concentrating or relaxing. Brainwave feedback is again, taking a very subtle inside-the-skin event and using it change our level of functioning. This is the fine art of self-mastery -- making one less dependent on others, drugs, machines, or medical technology.

The Learning Process.

Biofeedback is a learning process that involves both physical and mental skills. It's learning how to change your body by listening to your body's messages. Some biofeedback processes, like temperature training, may take only a few sessions whereas brainwave feedback may take ten to twenty sessions before you begin to grasp what a particular brainwave state "feels" like. Then more training sessions are needed to perfect the skills. Learning to modify a brainwave state in the correct direction to sustain a desired mental state is a "discovery" process. A process of gaining more and more control over your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

For information about brainwave biofeedback training, contact Rick D. Thomas, Ph.D. (816) 331-0374 or biofeedback@rickdthomasphd.com.

 

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