The 360 suite is a complete package of physiological monitoring and self-regulation tools designed for health care professionals who want to incorporate psychophysiological methods into their practice. The suite combines classic physiological biofeedback (arousal and peripheral temperature) with heart rate variability training (HRV) and neurofeedback protocols (EEG biofeedback) into one integrated package. The suite’s broad selection of tools includes:
Specialized physiological assessments
Self-regulation training screens
Biofeedback assisted relaxation therapy sessions
The 360 Suite was designed with a number of priorities in mind, all intended to help you integrate biofeedback and neurofeedback methods into your practice with ease.
Easy to understand and use: The 360 Suite doesn’t assume a high level of experience with physiological monitoring and biofeedback equipment. Predefined Quick Start sessions allow you to get up and running within minutes. A complete reference manual helps you learn how to use the hardware and software without difficulty.
Clinically relevant: The 360 Suite is designed from a clinical perspective and its biofeedback and neurofeedback tools are arranged and organised in a way that parallels clinical thinking. This makes locating the best tool for the task as intuitive as possible and greatly reduces the initial learning curve.
Organised by body system: Based on your client’s presenting complaint, you can determine what body system is most affected and pick the appropriate assessment and self-regulation tool for the task.
Assessments are scripted sessions during which the software instructs the clinician and the client on what to do. A script guides the client through multiple “activities” which engage the client in different physiological states. Script sessions allow you to see how the client’s physiology adapts to stress and whether or not it is able to return to resting baseline values.
Full physiological profile assessment: Takes the client through 8 activities, alternating between periods of mild stress and rest. Can be done in 30 minutes.
Quick physiological profile assessment: This shorter assessment includes only 5 activities and can be done in 15 minutes.
Normal breathing baseline: 3 minute recording to take a snapshot of a client’s physiology either pre-training or post-training. Can be done in 5-10 minutes.
Physiology and HRV baseline assessment: Same as above. Can be done in 5-10 minutes.
1 EEG baseline assessment: Record 2 minutes of EEG from 1 channel, over any location, with eyes open and eyes closed to observe changes in dominant brainwave frequency. Can be done in 10 minutes, including EEG sensor hook-up.
2 EEG single Hertz bins assessment: Same as above but with 2 channels of EEG. Can be done in 10 minutes (including EEG sensor hook-up).
Broad resonance frequency assessment: Resonance frequency breathing helps maximize HRV. The assessment helps you find a client’s resonance frequency by having him breathe at different rates for short periods of time. Can be done in 15-20 minutes.
Specific resonance frequency assessment: Similar to the previous assessment with more specificity. Can be done in 30 minutes. Works best with people who have experience with HRV training.
The Full and quick physiological profile assessments and the 2 EEG single Hertz bins assessment include a detailed report which you can use to document a client’s outcome and demonstrate clinical effectiveness. (The reports require Microsoft Excel.)
The suite is available for three TTL encoders: ProComp Infiniti, ProComp 5 and ProComp 2. The full expert system includes a ProComp Infiniti and up-to 9 physiological sensors. Depending on your budget and if you don’t need to work with all 5 body systems, you can get a smaller encoder (with fewer sensor inputs) and select fewer sensors.
ProComp Infiniti: This device allows you to record up to eight signals at the same time.
ProComp 5: This device allows you to record up to five signals at the same time.
ProComp 2: This device allows you to record 2 signals at the same time.
Heart rate: Use a finger pulse sensor (BVP) or an EKG sensor to calculate heart rate and HRV. BVP (blood volume pulse) is easier to use and perfectly good for biofeedback but EKG (electrocardiograph) is more precise and should always be used for research.
Muscle tension: Use a MyoScan sensor (EMG) to measure varying levels of muscle contraction over shoulders or low back.
Brain waves: Use 1 or 2 EEG-Z sensors to monitor dominant brain activity (theta, alpha, beta, etc) over specific areas of the head.
Arousal: Arousal is measured with skin conductance, which detects changes in sweatiness from the palm or two finger of one hand.
Temperature: Hand warming biofeedback is done with a thermistor sensor, which picks up on changes in skin temperature.
Respiration: A respiration strain gauge is strapped around the client’s chest or abdomen to record breathing patterns and calculate respiration rate.
Passive infrared: The pIR Headgear uses two tiny infrared sensors to measure changes in the heat that is radiated from the client’s forehead.
Note: If you own Thought Technology equipment, you may own a MyoScan-Pro sensor. It will not work with the 360 suite. The MyoScan sensor is more precise, doesn’t need to be zeroed and less expensive than the MyoScan-Pro.