Brain Wave Therapy
Brain wave therapy focuses on brain waves or frequency. You might have been hooked-up to an EEG machine at your doctor’s office or watched one being used on TV. The machine measures how frequently neuron cells (message transmitters) are firing in your brain. The frequency of firing shows up on the EEG readout as a wave pattern. The general activities of our brain (i.e., relaxation, concentration) each have a specific brain wave pattern, or frequency.
Brain Wave Therapy: Alpha, Beta, Theta
The ALPHA frequency indicates the brain is relaxed and available for creativity. Alpha waves connect our subconscious and conscious minds. When the brain is firing in the BETA range, our gray matter is revved up and ready for focus and concentration. The THETA frequency indicates a quiet mind as just before you fall asleep. When you are sleeping, your brain gives off DELTA waves.
Now, thinking back to jr. high school science class, you may remember that if one object is vibrating at a particular frequency, a similar object close by will pick up that frequency and vibrate also. This is called resonance. Brain wave therapy makes use of resonance, or entrainment, to help people enter a brain frequency of choice such as alpha or beta. Resonance is often demonstrated when the teacher strikes a tuning fork and its vibration causes a near by tuning fork to begin buzzing also.
Brain Wave Therapy: Good Vibrations
All types of brain waves are present in your brain at any given time. When one of the frequencies dominates, you then experience its frequency state. Learning to manage or change brain wave frequency gives people some control over mood and level of alertness. It can help people relax, sleep, or perform at the top of their game. There are many types of brain wave therapy technologies available using music, background beats, and choreographed tones.
Many entrainment technologies and CDs utilize binural beats. When two coherent sounds of close frequencies are given one to each ear, the brain integrates them. This creates the sensation of a third sound, called a binural beat. Binurals help facilitate changes in brainwave activity.
Brain wave therapy technology can help people suffering from problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD, hypochondria, addictions, and racing thoughts. Those disorders are correlated with excess (too high) beta wave activity. Too much alpha activity in the left hemisphere is also related to depression. There is much information on the web to help you choose a technology that will benefit you.