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Balance the Brain

 

 
 

How Do We Achieve the Brain Balance?

We need both flexibility and resilience for optimal functioning.
Flexibility generally means being able to shift ideas or activities when we need to or when something is just not working. It means the same thing when we talk about the brain.
We need to be able to shift our brain activity to match what we are doing. At work, we need to stay focused and attentive and those beta waves are a Good Thing. But when we get home and want to relax, we want to be able to produce less beta and more alpha activity. To get to sleep, we want to be able to slow down even more.
So, we get in trouble when we can't shift to match the demands of our lives.
We're also in trouble when we get stuck in a certain pattern. For example, after injury of some kind to the brain (and that could be physical or emotional), the brain tries to stabilize itself and it purposely slows down. (For a parallel, think of yourself learning to drive - you wanted to go r-e-a-l s-l-ow to feel in control, right?). But if the brain stays that slow, if it gets "stuck" in the slower frequencies, you will have difficulty concentrating and focusing, thinking clearly, etc.
So flexibility is a key goal for efficient brain functioning.


Resilience generally means stability - being able to bounce back from negative events and to "bend with the wind, not break". Studies show that people who are resilient are healthier and happier than those who are not. Same thing in the brain. The brain needs to be able to "bounce back" from all the unhealthy things we do to it (drinking, smoking, missing sleep, banging it, etc.) And the resilience we all need to stay healthy and happy starts in the brain.
Resilience is critical for your brain to be and stay effective.
When something goes wrong, likely it is because our brain is lacking either flexibility or resilience.

How Do We Measure the Brain Wave Change?

We want our brain to be both flexible - able to adjust to whatever we are wanting to do - and resilient - able to go with the flow. To do this, it needs access to a variety of different brain states.
These states are produced by different patterns and types of brain wave frequencies.
We can see and measure these patterns of activity in the EEG.
EEG biofeedback is a method for increasing both flexibility and resilience of the brain by using the EEG to see our brain waves.

It is important to think about EEG neurofeedback as training the behaviour of brain waves, not trying to promote one type of specific activity over another. For general health and wellness purposes, we need all the brain wave types, but we need our brain to have the flexibility and resilience to be able to balance the brain wave activity as necessary for what we are doing at any one time.

What Cuases Our Brain From Having the Balance?

There typically 6 major reasons to to consider

  1. Injury
    2. Medications, including alcohol
    3. Fatigue
    4. Emotional distress
    5. Pain
    6. Stress


These types of problems tend to create a pattern in our brain's activity that is hard to shift.
In chaos theory, we would call this pattern a "chaotic attractor". Getting "stuck" in a specific kind of brain behaviour is like being caught in an attractor.
Even if you aren't into chaos theory, you know being "stuck" doesn't work - it keeps us in a place we likely don't want to be all the time and makes it harder to dedicate our energies to something else -> Flexibility and Resilience.

Functional Disconnection—an imbalance in the connections and function between and within the hemispheres (sides) of our brain—this condition is responsible for a host of behavioral, academic, and social difficulties.

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About Dr. Lu

Dr. Lu  completed his medical education and training in China. (The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Shandong University Medical College respectively) Over 20 years clinic and research experiences in both medical school and hospital, Dr. Lu learned both West Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine including modern medical technology, acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and specializing in neurology. After years practice and accomplishments in China, Dr. Lu was invited as a visiting  assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in 1991. After excellent achievements in research program funded by NIH and NSF, Dr. Lu decided to become a Chiropractic Doctor in order to introduce the Traditional Chinese Medicine to theWestern culture. Obtained Doctor Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Lu became a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and board certified Acupuncturist and began his practice in Dallas Texas since then. In 2007 Dr. Lu was voted the best acupuncturist in City of Richardson by Living Magazine.
 

 

Dr. Lu Acu

Doctor of Chiropractic
Board Certified Acupuncturist
M.D. in China
Over 20 years of Clinic Experience
Member of American Chiropractic Association

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