Presented by Lew Lim, PhD, MBA:
An increasing number of neurofeedback practitioners are enjoying the benefits of incorporating photobiomodulation (PBM) into their practice. To them, the reality of brain response to near infrared light (NIR) is no longer questioned. While often the immediate brain response is a cause for joy, inadequate understanding of the principles of PBM compromises on the attainment of optimal results. In addition, when we fine-tune the parameters further for neurofeedback (NFB) supported by EEG and QEEG, the results can be extraordinary.
At this moment, investigations into the application of PBM for the brain is rapidly growing, having advanced from animal studies just a few years ago. We have seen some strong evidence from early controlled studies to treat a difficult disease like Alzheimerâ€™s and dementia (Lim, 2018), and major investigations into Parkinsonâ€™s are starting (Laakso et al, 2018). There have been published clinical reports for traumatic brain injury and stroke (Hamblin, 2018) and depression (Caldieraro et al, 2019). There is also evidence for cognitive enhancement (Henrich et al, 2019) and advanced meditation (Manchanda, 2018). Researchers and collaborators are continuously discovering new data that are yet unpublished but would be valuable for improving PBM outcomes. These data are obtained from clinical assessments, EEG, MRI and fMRI imaging.
The half-day workshop will be compact and covers the principles of PBM, evidence on its effect on the brain, how PBM is applied to various brain conditions, how it can be applied as an adjunct to NFB practice and what to look forward to in the near future. It will include powerpoint presentations, discussions, hands-on guidance, sharing of experience by practitioners, and questions and answers sessions.
EXPECTED RESULTS AND CONCLUSION
Since much of the information shared here are unpublished nor openly revealed for various reasons, attendees will be treated to inside knowledge of the reasons and best practice behind PBM. Existing users will benefit from how to improve outcomes and newcomers will be surprised with the possibilities of PBM. The workshop will discuss various clinical conditions commonly treated in NFB practice on an experimental basis. It will also cover chronic pain, addiction, cognitive performance, sports performance and meditation. In addition, it will explore the exciting prospect of personalized treatments.