New tools to enhance treatment
What Is the Brain Center?
Our unique Brain Center is a calm, caring environment where patients can improve their self-regulation skills. This safe space focused on wellness and healing employs state-of-the-art equipment that can be tailored to each individual’s current status. Neurofeedback, cranial electro-stimulation, heart rate variability, and other techniques provide patients with science-based ways to calm their brains and begin the deeper work of treatment sooner.
Retraining the Brain
Our Brain Center’s main offering is neurofeedback, which allows patients to see what their brain is doing and how it responds to certain situations. Low alpha brain waves are common among those with addiction or trauma and being able to see that there’s a physical reason behind their condition is eye-opening. These scientific, evidence-based methods provide our patients with new ways to relieve anxiety. Then when they find themselves anxious during the treatment process or after, they are able to draw on what they learned in the Brain Center and employ those techniques to self-regulate.
Our Brain Center equipment includes:
Neurofeedback also called neurobiofeedback or neurotherapy, is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity — most commonly electroencephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain function. It addresses brain dysregulation, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictive disorders, and emotional disturbances.
Research over a 25-year period shows cranio-electro stimulation is useful for sleep, anxiety, and improved cognitive functioning in populations including those dealing with addiction or mental health issues. A very small modulated electrical current is supplied to the earlobes, and the process is unobtrusive enough that patients can even engage in other activities during CES sessions.
Heart-Rate Variability (HRV)
This biofeedback device features engaging graphics and graphing capabilities to help patients learn to relax and develop coherent breathing patterns. HRV is helpful in reducing stress, gaining clarity, and developing greater self-awareness of internal reactions.
Audio/Visual Stimulation with CES
This device merges audio-visual stimulation (AVS) with CES in one unit. These are entrainment devices that combine light and sound to increase the prevalence of certain stress reduction, insomnia, mood disorders, mental sharpness, memory, and cognitive functioning. There are preinstalled sessions for energizing, meditation, brain brightening, sleep, and mood boosting.
This machine’s figure-8 movement provides maximum oxygenation benefits at an oscillation speed that is beneficial to the heart and circulation. It can also improve the immune system and increase lymph flow as it cleanses and removes harmful substances from our tissues and increases our immune function. If the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems fail to maintain a balanced function, problems such as insomnia, excessive dreaming, digestive problems, stomach pain, anxiety, constipation, palpitations, extensive aches and pains, and mental stress may surface. The Chi Machine influences the sympathetic nervous system so it can restore the vital balance it needs to function at its best.
Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and is experienced in assisting others with compassion, dignity, and respect — hallmark values of The Meadows for more than 40 years. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to a healthier and more productive lifestyle. When you call, they will lead you through a series of questions to determine if The Meadows is a good fit, and how soon your treatment can begin. If you are interested in The Meadows for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out an admissions form today!