The qEEG assessmentThe qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) neurofeedback method starts with an assessment. We perform an "inventory" or mapping of the brain which is then analyzed in order to propose a protocol and a personalized training. Two small sensors (electrodes) are successively positioned on the patient's scalp and record the brain's electrical activity in real time. Thanks to the qEEG device, which allows us to process qualitative data, we obtain tracings that are analyzed quantitatively. The study of the distribution of the brain's electrical frequencies allows us to establish a targeted training protocol. For example, to induce a decrease in brain waves corresponding to stress in a specific area of the brain or, on the contrary, to reinforce those associated with concentration.
It consists in working on certain areas of the brain in order to optimize their functioning. How? via an operant conditioning mechanism, as used in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The computer, connected to electrodes placed on the scalp, gives a live feedback of the brain activity. When the brain rhythm is adequate, music and/or video are played to encourage the brain to remain in this state. On the contrary, if the cerebral rhythm is not optimal, the music and/or video are cut off or slowed down. Through this operant conditioning, the brain is induced to function in an optimal way and is rewarded or punished by the real-time feedback of the music and video.
Neurofeedback training is an active process that will allow you to learn how to modulate your brain activity. It is thanks to neural plasticity, i.e. the ability of neurons to modify or strengthen their connections that this process is possible. It is not a magic method: investment and training make this learning effective in order to obtain a transfer and stability in the patient's life. The training is supervised by the neurotherapist who programs and encourages the participant during the sessions in order to obtain maximum involvement. The objective is to make the patient autonomous in his or her mastery by aiming at maintaining and even continuing progress after the treatment.
Aromatherapy can help the patient on a daily basis in his neurofeedback approach thanks to the direct action of essential oils on the brain.