MIAMI (CBSMiami) — People take medication every day for things like anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Now, a new technique could make all of that go away.
“BrainCore therapy is neuro-feedback,” explained Dr. Keri Chiappino, “Your brain is constantly being molded with a feedback mechanism, a positive reinforcement to show you that this is the proper brain wave pattern.”
In BrainCore therapy, patients manipulate the brightness of a video screen using their brain waves.
Positive reinforcement for this type of therapy entails the brain waves making a video screen appear lighter, or keeping a roller coaster moving smoothly.
Dr. Chiappino said that when patients concentrate on these activities their brains are able to establish new connections that can help break the cycle of depression, insomnia, and certain types of pain.
Marilyn Sokol was having issues with mood, and had difficulty focusing and sleeping. Those problems prompted her to try BrainCore therapy.
“I’m really sleeping and not getting up for any reason,” she said, “I was always a slow reader. I do believe that there has been an improvement.”
Amie Nissenbaum thought that a non-invasive form of therapy might be able to help her 7-year-old daughter deal with emotional issues.
“There were subtle differences, but then all of a sudden I noticed we’re getting along so much better,” Nissenbaum said, “Socially she was able to deal with other kids.”
Dr. Steven Wolf, explained that while this type of therapy may work for some patients others could see similar results through meditation or yoga.
“If you find something that works for you to get some kind of mindfulness, some kind of meditation, some kind of biofeedback is wonderful, but you have to go to a doctor’s office to do it,” Dr. Wolf said.
Dr. Chiappino said that changes in brain waves could produce big results.
“Once we influence someone’s brain wave pattern then we’re able to effectively improve some symptoms that are associated with certain conditions,” she explained.
Patients typically need about 30 hours of treatment to see changes in brain wave patterns and should check with their insurance providers to see if this type of treatment is covered.