Equipment for biofeedback and neurofeedback training with software of functional biocontrol “REHACOR”
Software “REHACOR” is used for non-medicated reactivation of impaired functions, improvement of the nervous regulation in various diseases, phobias, pathological states and addictions (both in children and adults). It’s also used to from the required psychophysiological status of the sportsmen and people of stressful and responsible professions with special procedures of biofeedback training from multipurpose extensible procedure library.
The Medicom MTD company manufacturers a wide range of devices for biofeedback training with software “REHACOR” which use the principle of “physiological mirror”, literally allowing seeing and hearing the changes in the body state and helping to train skills of psychosomatic regulation for the rehabilitation and health improvement.
www.mindmedia.info People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder, in short ADHD and ADD, are characterized by either significant inattention, or by hyperactivity and impulsiveness, or by a combination of both. Over the last decades, the number of children who are taking prescription drugs for ADD/ADHD has dramatically grown.
Are current treatments the only solution to face the challenges of ADHD/ADD, or should we look for alternatives? In this video various international experts comment on the current treatments and focus on a specific method, called brain-function training, or neurofeedback.
This documentary is produced on behalf of Mind Media, The Netherlands, in order to bring attention to non-pharmaceutical solutions for ADHD and ADD. You can find more information at the end titles of this documentary and on the website of Mind Media: www.mindmedia.info/adhd.
Por favor, el video completo sobre el Neurofeedback como tratamiento para el TDAH / TDA en Español se puede encontrar en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9vRpHvkyGM
Bitte beobachten Sie unsere Dokumentation “Neurofeedback, ein neuer Ansatz bei ADHS”, mit Deutschen Untertitel here: http://youtu.be/uNDUJd7kZFQ.
Je kunt deze nieuwe documentaire over neurofeedback als behandeling voor ADHD hier Nederlands ondertiteld bekijken: http://youtu.be/7vqgNRRIgfY
The Breathing Zone iPhone app is guides you through a simple and effective guided breathing exercise. In just 5 minutes you can start to enjoy the deep relaxation and other health benefits of slow therapeutic breathing.
Available on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/app/breathing-zone-relaxing-breathing/id369838631?mt=8
http://www.CenterforBrain.com Mike Cohen, from the Center for Brain Training in Florida, describes what neurofeedback is, how it’s different from other brain-related options, and how brain training can help people gain better control of attention, emotions, behavior, and performance. A tremendous amount of research supports the benefits of neurofeedback for autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, migraines, seizures, brain injury, addiction, RAD, and more. Visit out website to learn more.
Video created by http://www.BusinessPromoVideo.com. Audio supplied by Mike Cohen of the Center for Brain Training.
Legit biofeedback can be at your fingertips for $20. A well calibrated digital thermometer can reflect the state of your body and your mind via thermal biofeedback. This has frequently been used and studied using equipment that does the same thing but costing hundreds of dollars.
When we are stressed blood is drawn away from our fingers and toes and moved into our major muscles and organs. Also, our blood vessels are restricted so the body can jack up our blood pressure.
Cold hands=stressed. Our hands don’t have to be ice cold, although they could be, but below the temp they would be if we were really relaxed. A really relaxed temp is in the mid-90s. Moving away from that, we move into lesser and lesser states of relaxation and into greater states of stress response (our vessels grow smaller and smaller because our body says it wants to push up our blood pressure). Hand temperature is very responsive to the ups and downs of our personal levels of stress. Of course we don’t need a thermometer to tell us when we are experiencing high levels of stress, we know it when we feel it. Fine. What is surprising however, how often we have “holding stress” that is, we are partly stressed but we have no idea that our bodies are in that condition. If we can bring down useless “holding stress”, an habitual keeping our bodies in a state of readiness, usually waiting for something that never comes or rarely appears, we can do wonders for our bodies and minds. Holding the lead to this digital thermometer for 60 seconds will tell us if we are holding stress.
We don’t have to be hooked to this $20 device all day long. With regular practice we can get a sense of the temp of our hands and if it is proportional to the situation we are in (Are we too stressed for the occasion?). We can learn from thermal biofeedback what it takes to bring our bodies into a calmer state. We might relax, as we know how to relax and bring our hand temp to the low 90s. To get really relaxed we can press on and seek to hit 95 degrees. Now the real challenge begins, can we hit yet higher temperatures of 96 or 97? To get there we have to learn how to talk to ourselves and how to visualize (more about these topics in later blog posts).
Whatever temp we work at, we can bring that experience into our daily lives (on the fly) by remembering what our body felt like when we hit 95, 96, 97 degrees. Bringing that body memory more and more fully into mind and body will increase our temperature, driving down our stress level at the moment.
“Pause for a moment to think about all the things in your life where feedback helps you learn playing a musical instrument, cooking learning to code or even learning to read and write… imagine learning to play guitar without being able to actually hear the music you’re making. Sure you could memorize the finger positions but it’s easier and quicker and more rewarding when you can actually hear the sound you’re making and shape them in the music real time. Learning to meditate is no different meditation teaches us to tune into the real time stream of feedback provided by our mind and body from moment to moment but this takes time Muse helps us to accelerate this learning process by measuring and mirroring the subtle fluctuations in our brain activity during meditation.
Muse welcomes you into a peaceful environment where you’ll hear the weather change to provide real-time feedback on your brain state the headband translates what’s happening in your brain into guiding sounds. So how does this help you? Without regular meditation practice its unlikely that you’ll learn to sense the subtle shifts in your mood and mental state but with Muse you can slap a sensor on your head to pick up your brain signals and to stay in tune with the subtle subconscious changes which you may otherwise miss completely. This creates a feedback loop which helps you find mindfulness and provides you with deeper insights into your state of being Muse: the brain sensing headband.”
Text of video voice-over: “Neeuro has created the “Ultimate Mind Stimulation Solution” for everyone. It includes a mobile application containing “Neuro-cognitive Training” games, together with a headband that measures your brain waves.
Most of us have parents or grandparents that we observe slowing down as they age. Those of us with children, want the best for their early development. With neuroscientists, game developers and other amazing people, we came together with a vision to create a product that is truly measurable, giving continuous feedback on your brain activities to strengthen your mind.
We wanted a fun, entertaining and affordable product that can be enjoyed by anyone. It’s simple. Wear the headband, play your chosen game and enjoy the benefits in improving your cognitive functions.
We created a unique solution that is a combination of an application and a hardware sensor that measures your brain waves. Its patented design comes with 6 sensors to ensure high accuracy in capturing your brain waves.
Understanding your brain waves while you’re playing the games is the KEY to ensuring your mind is stimulated. Recognize the areas that you need a boost in, such as Attention, Memory, or Spatial skills. Having better Attention helps you stay focused, concentrate on getting things done and ignoring distractions.
A better Memory helps you to remember things like names and faces in your everyday life. And having better Spatial skills helps you to understand the space around you, to read maps and to understand directions better.
We have been working on this for more than 2 years. Our collaboration with renowned research institutes ensures that our solution is safe and effective. Keep your loved ones actively engaged, keep their minds active and give them all the opportunity for a healthier mind. Your support will allow us to manufacture the hardware so we can make this readily available to you and your loved ones.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, as you take this first step towards achieving a healthier mind and a happier life.”
It was more than 10 years ago when I started seeing ads on the back of psychology and meditation magazines of the day such as Spirituality & Health (still with us). There in great graphic design was a woman tackling meditation with multiple sensors, results arrayed on a laptop. Cool.
The advertising was for a new system with an intriguing but improbable name, Wild Divine. It used a combination sensor types, heretofore note combined in a consumer device.
Wild Divine was the strange but intriguing name of a new consumer-oriented biofeedback system. I knew I would get one as soon as I could because I assumed that Wild Divine wouldn’t survive. Inner work equipment comes and then fades and I could see Wild Divine doing the same. Hurry, order one of everything. Wild Divine hit like a wave, in terms of advertising, but would it last?
Many people had been looking for something that was a high-quality biofeedback system but didn’t have the dry, boring, displays of clinical setups. We wanted something beyond watching bar graph displays or star-ships racing each other.
Wild Divine combined biofeedback with fantasy- laden games as can be seen here:
Wild Divine continues strong today, adding more challenges and advancing to online platforms. Its base of brand-name supporters has grown and…
For those who want a more clinical look, ….Healing Rhythms….
For more info from the company itself, see Wild Divine.
This would seem totally incredible if we were in the early years of biofeedback, say the 1960s: consumer focused, affordable, and wearable biofeedback instruments. A dream then, a reality now.
In recent years, we have seen the steady growth of such devices. First it started with heart-rate monitors for runners and then it went into many sleep tracking devices, from watches to bedside EEG monitors to beds holding bio-monitoring hardware.
Now we have the first breathing monitors. As we have discussed before, breathing is very powerful force in determining our mental states and our mental states are a powerful force in determining our body state through our way of breathing. A new device, Spire, is a good start of what I hope will be an extensive wave of breathing monitoring.
Spire, What is It?
Tracking breathing has required: wearing a sensor built around the chest or holding your nose next to the microphone of a smartphone so it can hear inhales and exhales. Spire has moved all sensing to hardware only slightly larger than a 25 cent piece.
Taking a cue from all of those advertising photos for spas and yoga centers, the makers of Spire have made their device look like a small flat stone. The stone-like device has a large clip that allows clipping Spire to your pants/belt-loop area or to the center strap of a bra. That’s it. Once on, it is all ready for monitoring.
Breathing movement is captured by the stone and data are sent to a the phone app where it is decoded and turned into a usable display.It should be noted that Spire concentrates our breathing when we are still as sitting around or resting. Not stock still but not up moving around, either. When we are still and our breathing moves into a tracked zone (Tense, Calm, or Focused), data are summarized and we can be buzzed by Spire that we have been in one of those zones. If we are alerted that we are in the Tense Zone, we can choose to relax or use a 3 minute exercise on the app. This works the same for the other two zones, Calm and Focused.
Zones are determined by how many breaths we take per minute and how consistent the movement of those breaths are across a few minutes. If our breathing is slow and smooth, we are in the Calm Zone. If it is faster but smooth, we are in Focus and if our breathing is fast and choppy, we are Tense.
Thoughts on Spire
I’ve been using Spire for about a month now and I like it. I first set it to buzz me when I was Tense. Many times, I wasn’t perceiving I was under any special stress. Clearly, my body was seeing things differently. Now, I’m following Spire’s heads-up and trusting my body has it right and I need to back off with a few moments of deep, slow breathing.
Tracking Focus is an exciting possibility. Beyond real-time alerting when we are in Focus, Spire includes guided breathing session of a few minutes to shift us there. If I pay attention to the alerts and do the practice sessions, I should be able to learn the secret of calling up Focus.
One capability I wish was included is the ability to have Spire simply show breaths per minute so a person could work towards specific breaths per minute target. Getting the breath under 10 bpm is beneficial for lowering blood pressure and is relaxing. Going deeper, down to 6 bpm conveys additional health benefits and is very relaxing. Throwing in a timer and an optional guided session to do this would be a valuable improvement.
I recommend getting Spire, but its real potential will only become realized by wearing the device daily and giving it dedicated attention and doing the guided sessions. The device is well made, easy to pair to your phone, easy to recharge, and stays put wherever you clip it. (Note: I do not receive any compensation from Spire or through its purchase at the link below).