Getting Started with Z-score Cycling with pEMF, Photic, and ISO.
NOTE: Licensed/credentialed healthcare professionals and staff members only
The goal of this workshop is to introduce a user-friendly format and understanding of pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy, Photic-Stimulation as well as slow frequency training. Users of these new protocols must have installed the latest Avatar; 126.96.36.1995 as well as a z-score training capability.
The morning program will be a didactic presentation using power point slides. pEMF/Photic and ISO will be defined. The afternoon program of the workshop will show how to cycle between z-scores and pEMF/Photic and ISO and participants will be invited to utilize cycling protocols in their own practice.
Note the following:
What is Z-Score Cycling?Infra Slow Oscillation (ISO) Neurofeedback training (or Glial Cell Training) and low intensity pulsating Electro Magnetic Frequency training (pEMF) can be combined with z-score training. For the past year a small research team comprised of clinicians from several clinics has been utilizing a programming technique call Cycling. That is, z-score training which cycles between either ISO or pEMF based on z-score performance. The advantage of this technique as reported by the team will be shared at the workshop.
Infra Slow Oscillations range from .003 Hz to .5 (1/2) Hz approximately. They are regulated by thalamic nuclei and reflect the activity of Glial cells that have been described as the “Other Brain” by D.Fields (2009). Astrocytes are one type of Glial cell that provides energy (Adenosine triphosphate or ATP) to neurons and serve other necessary functions. Glial cells may also influence gamma waves and brain networks such as the Default Mode Network (DMN).
Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Frequencies (pEMF) are also associated with cellular repair and the energy provided by ATP activation. Low ATP levels cause our cells to be sick, and decreases their ability to heal, regenerate, or function properly. Numerous clinical studies have reported that pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) are able to modify certain parameters of nerve function in diabetic patients. Furthermore, a voluminous amount of literature has suggested that pEMF can stimulate nerve growth, regeneration, and functional recovery of nerves in cells in vitro or in animal models with nerve disease. (Lei, 2013). Photic stimulation and not pEMF is an entrainment process; it activates evoked potentials in the visual cortex which has connections throughout the cortex. EEG slides will show how they differ.
Z-score training compares the trainee’s current EEG to a standard database. Various metrics are used such as absolute power, coherence, phase and asymmetry. Feedback is delivered based on the trainee’s proximity to the mean of the database. The goal is to promote positive changes in neuronal activation through basic operant conditioning. Typically adjuncts such as ISO or pEMF training are viewed as additional clinical treatments that are not directly connected to z-score training. But herein lays the purpose of this workshop, what is the best way to make use of these three modalities: They could be trained separately. They could be trained together or simultaneously. And, they could be cycled, that is z-scores/pEMF, z-scores with Photic-stim, or z-scores/ISO.
The disadvantages of training simultaneously will be explored. The advantages of cycling z-scores with pEMF/Photic or ISO will also be explored; case studies will show that there may well be a clinical advantage to the cycling method. Z-score cycling programs will be distributed and demonstrated (in simulation) so that participants will be able to employ cycling methods in their own practice if desired.
Participants using BrainMaster Discovery QEEGPro database will be offered a free Cycling suite: 4 channel & 19 channel cycling for pEMF/Photic and ISO. The suite can be adapted to Atlantis as well as BrainDx and Applied NeuroScience’s z-score dll. File sharing will be available. Basic instructions on installation will be provided.
Cycling z-score training with either pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (pEMF), Photic Stim, or Infra Slow Oscillations (ISOs) provides clinicians with a new and powerful way to combine these modalities.
Learn how to add ISO (low frequency training) or pEMF/Photic to your practice. Some hesitate to employ either pEMF/Photic or ISO for a variety of reasons. However, one goal of this workshop is to simplify pEMF/Photic and ISO training. Setting up protocols can be just as easy as setting up z-score training. ISO and pEMF/Photic adjustments have been minimized. Cycling protocols will be distributed for BrainAvatar z-score users at the workshop.
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WHAT IS PEMF?
Pulsed electro-magnetic fields promote healing at the cellular level. Pulsing that is contingent on EEG output can be very powerful. Random pulsing promotes EEG flexibility. Reports indicate that neurofeedback outcomes are often enhanced with the addition of pulsed magnetic therapy. For further information about protocol development please send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, pulsing magnetic therapies do not fall under the heading of biofeedback self-regulation or operant conditioning. However, designs may be created that emit pulses which are contingent upon or in sync with the flow of the EEG. Hence, the magnetic pulses become part of, or are in a loop with, the biofeedback process. Additionally, magnetic pulsing may well influence EEG frequency. And there is overwhelming evidence that it promotes positive changes at the cellular level.
Benefits of pulsing magnetic therapies [literature review]
Before any new therapy is introduced into a neurofeedback clinic it is essential to know how it is viewed by the scientific community. Health benefits and statements made to patients should be supported by peer reviewed research. The following quotes are consistent with countless [perhaps thousands] of research articles referring to pEMF (bold italics added):
Fueling this recent interest is the fact that extremely low-frequency and low-intensity pulsed electromagnetic fields (pEMFs) have been shown to be innocuous, possibly even beneficial, to normal cell types. On the other hand, certain malignant cell classes have been shown to be particularly vulnerable to their effects (Crocetti, 2013).
Previous papers have reported that pEMF exposure could act modulating cartilage and bone metabolism, stimulating chondrocyte and/or osteoblast cell proliferation and the synthesis of extra-cellular matrix components. The stimulation of chondrocyte and/or osteoblast cell proliferation induced by pEMFs has been shown to have a positive effect in the treatment of fracture healing. (Vincenzi, 2013)
Numerous clinical studies have reported that pulsed electromagnetic fields (pEMF) are able to modify some parameters of nerve function in diabetic patients, and a voluminous amount of literature has suggested that pEMF can stimulate nerve growth, regeneration, and functional recovery of nerves in cells in vitro or in animal models with nerve disease. (Lei, 2013)