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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Brainwave Entertainment: Current Theories

The placement of sensors on the scalp allows for the measurement of brainwave patterns that reflect the current state of an individual.  The best studied brainwave frequencies range from the delta frequencies (1-4 Hertz), which is used to induce deep sleep; to theta frequencies (4-8 Hertz) which is used to induce light sleep, creativity, and insight; to alpha frequencies (8-12 Hertz) used to create a calm and peaceful yet alert state; to beta frequencies (13-21 Hertz) that are associated with a thinking, focusing state; to high beta frequencies (20-32 Hertz), which are associated with intensity and anxiety. 

Research has shown that a consistent rhythmic pulsating light or a tone, within the 8 - 10 Hertz range will cause brainwaves in the occipital lobe (this is where your vision is located), parietal lobe (this part of the brain is where the bodily sensations are held) to exhibit a frequency-following response that either repeated in a series of reflected sound waves with the existing stimulus (stimulus means something that causes you to take action) or shows a frequency balance of a stimulus. 

There are many researchers who believe that the same process or technique can apply to other frequencies, but this has been harder to substantiate.  Although, recent research suggests the the baseline electroencrephalogram or EEG, or emotional unstability may have an influence on the post-stimulus EEG changes.  Most researchers do agree that the emotional or cognitive changes do correlate with the changes in the EEG but how or whether the EEG changes are likely to be dependent on the individual's current state.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

An Introduction To Brainwave Entertainment (BWE)

I have tried to replace the scientific language with more understandable language and include definitions of the terms used where I could without taking away from the meaning of the sentence or paragraph.

Brainwave entertainment (BWE), which is the use of rhythmic stimuli to alter the brainwave frequency and thus the brain state, has been investigated and used since the late 1800's but yet there are many scientist and others in the medical field that have not heard of it. This article is to raise awareness and to inform you of it's existence and the benefits it offers for those who suffer with pain, depression, anxiety and a variety of other health issues.

I have been using brainwave entertainment for over 5 months now and I've noticed a remarkable difference in my fibromyalgia and arthritis pain, the fibromyalgia fog has lifted and my concentration levels have risen as well. I am able to do many of the things, like walking my dog and mowing all in the same day, that I haven't been able to do since I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia in 1999. I have passed my experiences on to others who have fibromyalgia and chronic pain but it's been met with fear, anxiety and just plain resistance of the unknown. Hopefully, this article will eliminate those fears, anxieties, and resistance and others will be able to experience the same results as I have.

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5 Ways To Regain Intamacy When You Have Arthritis

My husband and I had only been married for two years before I had knee surgery that set off a barrage of problems for me. During the surgery they found arthritis under the knee cap but decided not to remove it because they felt it would interfere with my recovery from the knee surgery. After the surgery I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, and a few other problems that come up when you have these conditions.

My husband had also had back surgery and was in pain on most days. Our sex life before my knee surgery and after my husbands surgery was great. After my knee surgery, not so. It was difficult at best to get any pleasure out of any intimacy when my pain levels overshadowed the pleasure. Unfortunately, it hasn't improved in the 14 years since my surgery.

The effects of arthritis, the pain, stiffness, fatigue, lack of mobility, and the twisted, enlarged joints, can make sex difficult and at best down right unappealing. When arthritis affects your back, knees,hips, hands, wrist, feet or ankles it can be especially difficult. Not to mention the medications the doctor's prescribe that can diminish any sexual desire. They can have side effects, including vaginal dryness, and fatigue that can lessen your interest in sex. You may even perceive yourself as not very sexually attractive and this doesn't help you to relax and enjoy the experience of sex, it also brings anxiety into the bedroom adding to the issues above.

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