Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCN) Technology Improved Quality of Life
Treats the Source of the Problem…Not the Symptoms
Alleviates PTSD & TBI in Our First Responders
A Gentle and Effective Alternative to Drugs
Operant Conditioning Neurofeedback emerged in the 1950’s. Later in the early 1990s, researchers used goggles using light and sound that responded to brainwave frequency.The goggles turned out to be somewhat effective clinically, but a significant minority of subjects suffered from “overstimulation” in the form of headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, and anxiety.
Attempts to address this issue led to the discovery that the wire sending the signal from the brain to the EEG processor and on to the computer was also the conduit for a very small signal “feeding back” to the brain. In other words, the system was sending out it’s own signal. This “micro current” signal is considered neurofeedback because the signal returning to the brain oscillates based on how brainwaves are changing.
Early micro current neurofeedback was called LENS, Low Energy Neurofeedback. The initial concept of LENS was helpful, but seemed to bring about a larger than desired degree of overstimulation leading to reactivity (brief periods of increased symptom(s) subjects presented prior to receiving brain training).
The search for a more fine tuned, gentler neurofeedback system gave way to IASIS MCN, when an electrical & software engineer stumbled on an approach that was observed to significantly diminish reactivity, while achieving early enduring sustainability in half the number of sessions as observed by those receiving IASIS MCN. “This was very evident across the board in 85-90% of subjects as early as the first 1-3 sessions reporting positive changes including diminished symptoms, minus reactivity”, according to Barry Bruder, Founder of IASIS Technologies, also a Certified LENS Provider.
After testing the newer evolution of micro current neurofeedback, IASIS MCN emerged and with the first completed university and VA study representing image-based evidence that IASIS MCN is safe and efficacious at significantly reducing the brain wave associated with both PTSD and m-TBI (delta waves present and occurring as a direct result from these conditions).” The imaging used in the pilot study was MEG – Magnetic Encephalograph and MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
On February 10 of 2017, IASIS team members were called in to meet at Camp Pendleton with Marine & Naval Medical personnel and members of the Office of Suicide Prevention as they consider IASIS MCN for the returning veterans to assuage frightfully high numbers of suicide in young men & women fighting to keep America free and strong.
How Our System Works
According to Hans Gruenn, MD, “The problem with disease is the dysfunction of the brain and nervous system.” The brain becomes “frozen” in a dysfunctional homeostasis (imbalance in the brain and/or nervous system) that leads to dysregulation. MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback causes brief micro current stimulation (3 Pico or 3 trillionths of a watt) to the nervous system, resulting in a temporary fluctuation in brainwaves. This change allows the brain to reorganize itself.
MCN does not train the brain like traditional neurofeedback; rather it “retrains” the brain and CNS (central nervous system) by allowing it to reorganize itself and shift from its formerly fixed patterns. This is analogous to re-booting a computer.
85% Positive Response
Our experience shows that more than 85% of our clients observe a noticeable positive response in one (1) to three (3) sessions. For example, more than 85% of mild/moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clients report a reduction in head pain, brain fog, impulsivity and better sleep during the first few sessions. The same is also true for anxiety and PTSD cleints. Reported changes are generally enduring and sustainable.
Some clients notice helpful changes during the initial session. Early changes may be temporary, and due to the cumulative nature of MCN, are observed to last longer with each training. By the end of a series of un-training sessions improvements may be substantial. While some patients require “tune-ups,” for the most part the benefits endure. This is the result of the brain regaining healthier neuro-chemical balance, and developing more neuro-plasticity and a natural resistance to returning to a dysfunctional state. The number of sessions depends on the individual, their condition and the acuity of that condition.
Micro Current Neurofeedback FAQs
Is MCN Safe?
Yes, extremely safe. There has not been a single reported case of someone being worse off from being treated with MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback.
Are There Side Effects?
In the first few MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback sessions, a client sometimes experiences temporary fatigue, “light headedness” or a feeling of being “revved up.” Mild headaches also occasionally occur. These symptoms are always temporary, and typically last only a few minutes to a few hours.
Who Can Benefit from MCN?
MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback is very effective in many areas, including:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback is exceptionally effective at reducing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms anxiety. Ninety percent of clients begin to experience improvement in the first or second session. MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback also improves resilience, the ability to handle stress, and helps create a sense of calm in difficult situations.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – In mild and moderate TBI, clarity, concentration, memory, multi-tasking and energy consistently and rapidly improve.
Depression – MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback often lifts depression—even when it has been resistant to other treatments. Energy and motivation increase, and a client can once again experience a positive sense of health and wellbeing.
ADD/ADHD – MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback decreases impulsivity, distractibility and hyperactivity. The world becomes easier to navigate. Life becomes less of a struggle.
Substance Abuse – Because MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback is so effective at treating anxiety, depression and poor impulse control, it can be tremendously helpful for people withdrawing from and staying away from addictive substances. MCN Neurofeedback is now being used at many recovery centers.
How Many Sessions Are Required Before Noticing an Improvement?
Most people notice initial changes within three sessions, occasionally a few more. The average number of sessions varies depending on the acuity of one’s condition. Once treatment has been completed, additional sessions are usually not necessary. Occasionally individuals may require a “booster.”
How Effective Is MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback?
The success rate is staggering. Over 85% of clients claim by their own assessment that they experience significant, often dramatic, benefits. With traumatic brain injury, clarity begins to return, headaches and migraines diminish. The “fog” begins to lift and cognitive function begins to return. In PTSD, anxiety starts to abate, panic attacks stop, sleep improves and depression lifts. And the changes are enduring. Once enough sessions have been completed, assisting the recipient to get closer, treatment is usually done.
Do I Have to Stop My Medication to Do MCN?
No. Medication does not diminish the effectiveness of IASIS MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback. There is no need to stop or reduce your medication, which should only be done in conjunction with your healthcare provider once MCN treatment is complete.
How Does MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback Work?
MCN uses a very low power (3 pico or 3 trillionths of a watt) electromagnetic field to carry feedback to the person receiving it. The feedback travels down the same wires carrying the brain waves to the amplifier and computer.
Although the MCN signal is weak, it produces a measurable change in the brainwaves without conscious effort from the individual receiving the feedback. This feedback frequency correlates with the dominant brainwave frequency. When exposed to this feedback frequency, the EEG amplitude distribution changes in power. The result is a changed brainwave state and much greater ability for the brain and nervous system to regulate itself.
MCN is a direct feedback, imperceptible to the client, and requiring no conscious effort. Although, like many pharmaceuticals, MCN is not yet completely understood, at the very least the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are profoundly influenced as is the central nervous systems. Brain chemistry is affected in ways that still need to be elucidated.
How Is MCN Different than Traditional Neurofeedback?
In traditional neurofeedback, information from your brainwaves is transmitted to a computer screen. Clients attempt to train their brainwaves by mentally manipulating events on the screen. No signal is transmitted back to the brain. This kind of neurofeedback typically requires 40+ sessions, with a typical session lasting 45 minutes to an hour.
With MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback clients don’t do anything other than sit still for a few moments. A brief, tiny signal transmitted feeding back to the brain does all the work. And unlike traditional neurofeedback clients, MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback clients generally notice changes either immediately or within the first few sessions. Fast action, limited number of sessions, and the ease and simplicity of treatment all distinguish MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback from traditional neurofeedback.
How Long Has MCN Been Around? Is It Experimental?
Practitioners have used earlier and similar versions of MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback for over 15 years. MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback is not experimental. Over 75,000 patients have been treated with technologies similar in principle to IASIS MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback.
Does MCN Affect Only Negative Patterns? Will It Change My Positive Qualities?
Only frozen, stuck patterns are affected. Healthy, functional brainwave patterns are flexible and resilient. When there is a tiny fluctuation they automatically spring back to their healthy patterns.
Is Iasis MCN Made for Home Use?
No. IASIS MCN is only to be administered to patients by trained doctors and clinicians. It is not intended for home use.
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