Neurostimulation, when used in conjunction with neurofeedback, enhances the quality and pace of outcomes typically achieved by neurofeedback alone. Neurostimulation, at the clinical level, is comprised of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) and pulsed electro-magnetic field stimulation (pEMF). These various modalities are used in customized and nuanced ways to aid our clients’ brain and body function.
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is another form of electrical stimulation that is used to treat many conditions and pathologies, both in the brain and in the body. The technology uses a positive and a negative electrode to pass a weak one-way current through the brain. Low strength direct current yields multiple benefits to the brain, including inhibiting overactive brain regions and enhancing under active brain regions. Additionally, treatment with tDCS creates an enhanced state of neuroplasticity, in that the brain is more receptive to learning through neurofeedback and pEMF conditioning.
Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) is a form of weak electrical stimulation that uses two electrodes (a positive electrode called an anode and a negative electrode, the cathode) to pass subtle current back and forth through the brain. Research from neurology and psychiatry has shown that when low strength tACS is presented to specific brain regions in needed frequencies, the brain functions in a more normalized and optimal manner.
Pulsed eletromagnetic field therapy (pEMF) is a form of stimulation that is imperceptible, and yet yields dynamic impacts. The use of weak electromagnetic fields in beneficial frequencies to treat the brain or body is an excellent therapeutic technique because, although the energy cannot be felt (i.e. there is no vibration, heat, or any other sensory experience), the brain follows the gentle energy to produce the frequencies associated with health and proper brain function.
Transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) is a form of electrical stimulation that is used to treat many conditions and pathologies, both in the brain and in the body. This modality uses a positive and a negative electrode through which to pass subtle strength alternating current similar to white noise (like the fuzz of a television screen) back and forth at the desired frequency through the brain or the body. tRNS has been shown to stabilize brain cell membranes and give energy to neurons such that they are able to fire at appropriate times and durations.