Hemoencephalography (HEG) is a new neurofeedback technique. This technique consists of a HEG device that uses near infra red light and sensors embedded in a head band-like device. The head band is placed on the fore head and different points and as the light penetrates into the skull and prefrontal cortex, it calls for the supply of more blood into that region. By so doing, participants increase cerebral blood flow to a specified region of the brain, consequently increasing brain activity and performance on tasks involving that region of the brain.
This therapy technique can be used to treat children and adults with
- Down’s syndrome,
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),
- Migraine and Headaches,
- Senile Dementia
- Aging and Memory loss
- Chronic Fatigue
A case study report by Mize (2004) explored HEG neurofeedback with an adolescent with ADHD. He was presented with highly abnormal QEEG readings and low attentional scores on neuropsychological tests. After only 20 sessions of HEG training, he showed a completely normal QEEG reading and significantly improved scores on attentional measures. Improvements equally continued after the therapy sessions which allowed the patient to reduce the drug use.
Mize, W. (2004). Hemoencephalography- a new therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): case report. Journal of Neurotherapy, 8 (3), 77–97.