Ex-NHLers swear by controversial biofeedback treatment offered in Calgary

Stuart Donaldson, who runs Myosymmetries, works with a patient last month in his clinic in Calgary.
(Todd Korol/The Globe and Mail)

CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 02, 2017 9:12PM EDT

There was a time when his eyes and brain were at odds with one another. He would try reading a book and found he couldn’t follow the words beyond four pages or even remember what he had just read. He was perpetually tired. He needed help.

So Dennis Polonich, the former Detroit Red Wings forward who decades earlier was left broken and bloodied on the ice after being smashed in the face with an opponent’s stick, ended up walking into Stuart Donaldson’s Myosymmetries Clinic in Calgary – for biofeedback and psychological services.

Mr. Polonich may not have understood all the science and technology behind his treatment, but this much he knows for certain: “I walked out of that office feeling more comfortable than I was going in. I feel better. I feel happy. I’m reading again.”

Biofeedback is not a new form of alternative therapy – the Biofeedback Research Society was formed in 1969 in Santa Monica, Calif. – but it is controversial. Dr. Donaldson’s use of detailed data collected by a quantitative electroencephalograph (qEEG), however, is at the leading edge of assessing and treating brain-injury symptoms. Using sensors in contact with a patient’s scalp, qEEG technology maps out the brain, producing charts and numbers that indicate which parts are overactive and underactive and whether there have been previous concussions or a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Read more…

Memphis doctor performs brain training on PTSD patients

Featuring Dale S. Foster, PhD, QEEGD, BCN Sr. Fellow 2
Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Diplomate in QEEG
Board Certified in Neurofeedback, Senior Fellow

Memphis Neurofeedback
758 Walnut Knoll Lane, Suite 101
Cordova, TN 38018

Business: Neuropathways to Learning

Neuropathways to Learning
Neuropathways to Learning

Hume learned to operate the neurofeedback equipment and got the results from her son’s brain mapping. Upon returning to Thailand and working with her son, Hume realized the success of neurofeedback. “I saw tremendous progress, and as a result I said, ‘Wow, if this works for my son, it will work for so many others as well.’”

Read the full article here 

Electro-cap cleaning and preventive maintenance

ECI Electro-caps must be cleaned frequently for sanitary reasons. In addition, if all the gel is not washed from the electro-cap, the material will lose its elasticity; the life of the electro-cap will be dramatically shortened. USE ONLY IVORY OR PALMOLIVE LIQUID DETERGENT FOR WASHING ECI ELECTRO-CAPS! Other soaps and detergents, especially those common in hospitals, leave a residual film on the electrode metal. After a few washings the soap film builds up and coats the electrode. Excessively high electrode impedances and overwhelming electrode artifacts result.

Read more…

Electroencephalography Leads Placed by Nontechnologists Using a Template System Produce Signals Equal in Quality to Technologist-Applied, Collodion Disk Leads

Brad J. Kolls,* DaiWai M. Olson,* William B. Gallentine,* Mark B. Skeen,* Christopher T. Skidmore,*and Saurabh R. Sinha*

Summary: The purpose of this study was to compare the quality of the electroencephalographic (EEG) data obtained with a BraiNet template in a practical use setting, to that obtained with standard 10/20 spaced, technologist-applied, collodion-based disk leads. Pairs of 8-hour blocks of
EEG data were prospectively collected from 32 patients with a Glasgow coma score of #9 and clinical concern for underlying nonconvulsive status epilepticus over a 6-month period in the Neurocritical Care Unit at the Duke University Medical Center. The studies were initiated with the BraiNet template system applied by critical care nurse practitioners or physicians, followed
by standard, collodion leads applied by registered technologists using the 10/20 system of placement. Impedances were measured at the beginning and end of each block recorded and variance in impedance, mean impedance, and the largest differences in impedances found within a given lead set were compared.

Read more…

QEEG-guided Neurofeedback: New Brain-based Individualized Evaluation and Treatment for Autism

by James Neubrander, MD, Michael Linden, PHD, Jay Gunkelman, QEEGd, and Cynthia Kerson, PHD

QEEG-guided neurofeedback is based on normalizing dysregulated brain regions that relate to specific clinical presentation. With ASD, this means that the approach is specific to each individual’s QEEG subtype patterns and presentation. The goal of neurofeedback with ASD is to correct amplitude abnormalities and balance brain functioning, while coherence neurofeedback aims to improve the connectivity and plasticity between brain regions. This tailored approach has implications that should not be underestimated. . . . Clinicians, including the authors, have had amazing results with ASD, including significant speech and communication improvements, calmer and less aggressive behavior, increased attention, better eye contact, and improved socialization. Many of our patients have been able to reduce or eliminate their medications after completion of QEEG-guided neurofeedback.

Preface by By James Neubrander, MD

Parents of children with autism know me (JN) as a physician who uses various biomedical treatments to help children move toward recovery. Several years ago, I was introduced to the powerful modality of QEEG-guided neurofeedback. This treatment uses EEG biofeedback, also known as neurofeedback, guided by the QEEG, or quantitative electroencephalogram. Neurofeedback has since become an important addition to my practice because it offers therapeutic options that are not possible through biomedical treatments alone.

Read more…

Billing codes acknowledge psychology’s role in health and behavior assessment

Psychologists now have a more accurate, refined way of billing for services provided to patients with a physical health diagnosis, thanks to the advent of six new reimbursement codes under the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system.

As of January 1, 2002, codes for health and behavior assessment and intervention services now apply to behavioral, social, and psychophysiological procedures for the prevention, treatment or management of physical health problems. Developing these new codes involved the combined efforts of the APA’s Practice Directorate and the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee (IHC), representing APA divisions 17, 22, 38, 40 and 54. This constitutes a milestone in the recognition of psychologists as health care providers.

Read more…