How does neurofeedback training work?
NeurOptimal® neurofeedback works by training the brain to use the present moment to decide what to do next, rather than old, often maladaptive patterns. It does this by triggering what’s called the orienting response, which is the brain’s ability to sense change in the environment and take in new information about what is different.
More specifically, during a neurofeedback session, EEG sensors are placed on the head and ears to collect the information about the brain’s activity, which gets fed into the technician’s computer. You sit and listen to music (children can watch a movie or listen to their favorite music). When your brain is about to do something new, i.e. change states, it does a certain kind of “electrical dance”, which the software identifies. When that “dance” is detected the computer program stops the music in milliseconds. What the stopping of the music does, is trigger the orienting response and the brain “comes into the present” and sees what it was about to do and also takes in information about the external environment. And all of this it does in milliseconds and outside of your conscious awareness.
A good analogue is like when you are daydreaming and in a daydream you (your brain) are not aware of what is happening, not until someone calls your name (the music stopping in neurofeedback) and you simultaneously realize that you were lost in a daydream, and recognize the quality of that daydream, as well as take in information about the here-and-now.
How many neurofeedback therapy sessions are needed and does it last?
Study results of 1.2 million neurofeedback therapy sessions indicate significant improvement was seen after 11-20 therapy sessions. Neurofeedback patients, on average, train for 15-25 therapy sessions. Results vary, and on rare occasions, minimal results are seen.
Clients with multiple issues sometimes train up to 30 times with occasional “tune up” sessions thereafter.
Who can benefit from neurofeedback?
Anyone. Unlike other neurofeedback systems that train specific sites on your brain based on your symptoms, NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback trains your entire central nervous system to perform optimally. Neurofeedback gives your system feedback about its maladaptive patterns and your brain decides how to use that information to improve its overall functioning. It adds nothing to your brain, therefore, it is very safe.
What results can I expect?
When the brain is trained with NeurOptimal neurofeedback, clients may notice the following:
- Feeling calmer
- Increased mental clarity and focus
- Dropping away of fears
- More appropriate response to situations
- Feeling lighter and greater ease
- Increased motivation and ability to accomplish tasks
Conditions that are helped by the NeurOptimal® feedback system
Although NeurOptimal neurofeedback does not treat specific conditions, specific symptoms are alleviated because you are improving the overall functioning of the central nervous system.
A recent survey of NeurOptimal trainers comprising 1.2 million sessions found these areas of function improved with training:
- Stress— worry and fearfulness
- Anxiety, panic, hypervigilance
- Sleep disorders
- Learning problems— ADHD symptoms, lack of focus, inability to attend to tasks
- Headaches and migraines
- PTSD and trauma symptoms
- Head and brain injuries
- Cravings and addictions
- Low self-esteem and self-image
- Stuck patterns of thinking and behaving
What is the cost?
Because NeurOptimal is safe and a fully-automated program there are a number of choices for how and where one trains. Go to our training options & costs. We also offer neurofeedback home rental systems to rain at home, which allows for more flexibility and convenience. To learn more about this, go to our website Neurofeedback Rental
Training with a home system can save clients over 60% in cost, with the convenience of training when it fits clients’ schedules. It is also a cost-effective way to train a family.
What Our Neurofeedback Clients Say
“My depression has lessened and my focus has been enhanced.”
“These treatments have literally changed my life.”
“After the first six sessions, I found that I was sleeping more soundly and that I no longer woke up prior to my alarm clock ringing.”
Neurofeedback NY offers neurofeedback therapy in NY & LA. Contact us here.