Neurostimulation is also known as neuromodulation and is what makes us different from other neurofeedback practitioners. 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 functions.
If neurotherapy is like going to the gym, then the neurofeedback piece is like weight training while the neurostimulation piece is like cardiovascular exercise. We often begin our clients with neurostimulation (cardio) for the first few sessions. This primes their system and has an immediate, noticeable effect for most. It is a way to show the brain what we want it to do on its own. Once a client has become accustomed to stim only (has gained cardiovascular endurance), they are ready to move onto the next piece.
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation or TDCS is a 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. 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 neurofeedback and PEMF conditioning.
Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation is a form of electrical stimulation that uses two electrodes (a positive electrode and a negative electrode) to pass current back and forth through either the brain or the body. Clinicians in our clinic, as well as in clinics all over the world use this stimulation device to help their patients heal, recover, and change the behavior of the brain and their bodies.
TRNS is Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation which is a 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. Alternating current similar to white noise (like the fuzz of a television screen) passes back and forth at the desired frequency through the brain or the body.
PEMF is Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. The application of stimulation is imperceptible, yet the effects are real. You can't feel it because the electricity is sent through a spiral which changes the electromagnetic field around the coil. We place these around the head for brainwave entertainment and coherence, as well as on the belly for inflammation reduction. Devices that use PEMF technology produce electromagnetic fields with various frequencies in order to support the body's natural recovery process.