DR. MIKELL SUZANNE PARSONS, THE HOLISTIC DETECTIVE
Neuro Integration Therapy – NIT
In this day and age, everyone understands computers are a part of life. We upgrade software and hard drives, increase memory capacity and don’t think twice. It is an accepted fact of life. When was the last time you upgraded the most important computer you will ever own? Your brain! Your brain controls everything in your body, the good, the bad and the ugly. The brain collects and stores every experience we have from the moment of birth until death. It is the compilation of these experiences that shapes us into the individuals we are today. If we have an experience that alters the normal brain waves, we may begin to experience a variety of things. Brain fog, pain, insomnia, fear, anger, or anxiety are just a few of the symptoms that may be noticed. Your brain may need an “update on its software”.
Your brain produces four distinct brain wave frequencies. Depending upon your state of consciousness, a mixture of these frequencies are being produced at any given time. High frequency Beta waves (15Hz and higher) are produced when you are awake. When you close your eyes and relax, Alpha wave should be produced (8-12 Hz). Normally Theta is produced briefly when you start to fall asleep and Delta waves occur while you are sleeping.
The brain can be injured in a variety of ways. The most obvious is from direct head trauma. Whiplash from accidents, sports (especially football and soccer), sexual abuse, drug abuse, physical abuse, poor nutrition, and stress are just a few things that may cause an alteration in a specific area of the brain producing an abnormal brain wave. This “abnormal” area will have profound effects. The brain is constantly communicating to not only surrounding areas but areas of the brain on the opposite side as well. Too much or to little activity will have a domino effect upon the whole brain.
NeuroIntegration Therapy is a form of biofeedback that allows the brain to retrain itself to work in healthier brain wave frequencies. It addresses the “dysregulation” in the brain that may be the cause of depression, ADD/ADHD, chronic fatigue, etc… This noninvasive therapy teaches the brain how to self-regulate, a critical part of proper brain function. The NeuroIntegrator works as a mind mirror showing you how your brain is functioning. Photic stimulation via the use of flashing lights helps to guide your brainwaves into working in a correct pattern. In addition to this, auditory and visual stimulation are also used. When the brain works at the correct frequency, a reward is given via playing music or a movie. When the brain gets off track the reward is stopped ie: the movie or audio stops. To encourage the brain to get back on track photic stimulation occurs at the desired frequency. When the brain starts to work correctly, another reward is given and the music and/or movie plays again. In this manner, the brain learns what it needs to do to keep the music or movie playing. The brain is a learning machine! It will figure out a way to keep the music and audio playing.
A typical session is approximately 45 minutes, start to finish. Two to four sensors are placed on specific points on your head and will read the frequency of brain waves at that particular point. No electricity is going in, The sensor only reads what your brain produces. To allow your brain optimal retraining, a minimum of 2 sessions per week is recommended. It is safe to do up to three sessions per day. Patients often notice feeling more relaxed and focused after their sessions.