Iasis Microcurrent (MCN) Neurofeedback is a passive form of neurofeedback that produces its effects through feedback involving very tiny electric pulses. This feedback which is only 1/300 the strength of the input one receives from a cell phone is delivered in intervals while the client sits still, usually with their eyes closed. It is an incredibly gentle type of neuro-stimulation technique allowsing the neural networks of the brain to reorganize through a gentle, effortless release of fixed, frozen patterns evoking change in positive direction. Another way of stating this is that Iasis MCN nudges brain waves out of dysfunctional patterns to create new neuronal pathways.
Impressive results have been experienced in healing mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions and migraines, among many other conditions. Many people begin to see and feel improvements within the first three sessions. IASIS MicroCurrent neurofeedback employs an FDA registered EEG amplifier and is incredibly safe. It has been used by over 100,000 clients. This is a cutting-edge technology, though similar versions have been around for over 15 years.
The process involves applying small sensors to the head and neck that detect and monitor brainwaves and then send the resulting electronic signals to a computer and a specialized EEG processor. The IASIS computer returns a tiny impulse that is virtually a mirror image of the brain’s own waves. This change allows the brain to reorganize itself through a gentle, effortless release of fixed, frozen patterns. The process is a simple whisper of energy which is all that is needed to nudge the brain and evoke change in a positive direction.
Research studies using the Iasis Microcurrent neurofeedback system are underway at UC San Diego and the Veteran’s Administration.
Link to microcurrentneurofeedback.com
Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Treating
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Link to Science Daily article
Using a form of low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, documented by neuroimaging, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and collaborators elsewhere, report significantly improved neural function in participants with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Their findings are published online in the current issue of the journal Brain Injury.
TBI is a leading cause of sustained physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems in both the civilian population (primarily due to motor vehicle accidents, sports, falls and assaults) and among military personnel (blast injuries). In the majority of cases, injury is deemed mild (75 percent of civilians, 89 percent of military), and typically resolves in days.
But in a significant percentage of cases, mild TBI and related post-concussive symptoms persist for months, even years, resulting in chronic, long-term cognitive and/or behavioral impairment.
Much about the pathology of mild TBI is not well understood, which the authors say has confounded efforts to develop optimal treatments. However, they note the use of passive neuro-feedback, which involves applying low-intensity pulses to the brain through transcranial electrical stimulation (LIP-tES), has shown promise.
In their pilot study, which involved six participants who had suffered mild TBI and experienced persistent post-concussion symptoms, the researchers used a version of LIP-tES called IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback, combined with concurrent electroencephalography monitoring (EEG). The treatment effects of IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback were assessed using magnetoencephalography (MEG) before and after treatment. MEG is a form of non-invasive functional imaging that directly measures brain neuronal electromagnetic activity, with high temporal resolution (1 ms) and high spatial accuracy (~3 mm at the cortex).
“Our previous publications have shown that MEG detection of abnormal brain slow-waves is one of the most sensitive biomarkers for mild traumatic brain injury (concussions), with about 85 percent sensitivity in detecting concussions and, essentially, no false-positives in normal patients,” said senior author Roland Lee, MD, professor of radiology and director of Neuroradiology, MRI and MEG at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VASDHS. “This makes it an ideal technique to monitor the effects of concussion treatments such as LIP-tES.”
The researchers found that the brains of all six participants displayed abnormal slow-waves in initial, baseline MEG scans. Following treatment using IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback, MEG scans indicated measurably reduced abnormal slow-waves. The participants also reported a significant reduction in post-concussion scores.
“For the first time, we’ve been able to document with neuroimaging the effects of LIP-tES treatment on brain functioning in mild TBI,” said first author Ming-Xiong Huang, PhD, professor in the Department of Radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a research scientist at VASDHS. “It’s a small study, which certainly must be expanded, but it suggests new potential for effectively speeding the healing process in mild traumatic brain injuries.”
Co-authors include: Ashley Robb Swan, Annemarie Angeles Quinto, Scott Matthews, Deborah L. Harrington, Sharon Nichols, Charles W. Huang, and Dewleen G. Baker, UC San Diego and VASDHS; Barry J. Bruder, IASIS Technologies, Los Angeles; and Corey C. Snook, Mind-Brain Training Institute, Mount Dora, FL.