Frequently Asked Questions
Neurofeedback is a means by which to train your brain. In doing so, your brain learns to naturally function more efficiently. During Neurofeedback, we observe your brain function in real-time. Through software, you are rewarded when your brain waves change into more effective patterns. Over time, your brain naturally learns to function more appropriately. This is of key importance, because ones brain learns to function more effectively over time without the need for any drugs or supplements.
This has been shown to be effective with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, restless legs, autism, Asperger's, OCD, head injuries and concussions, headaches/migraines, substance abuse and alcoholism, PTSD, fibromyalgia or chronic pain, IBS, stroke, and uncontrolled epilepsy.
Mild side effects can sometimes occur during neurofeedback training. For example, occasionally someone may feel fatigued, spacey, anxious, experience a headache, have difficulty falling asleep, or feel irritable. Sometimes such side effects may occur if a training session is too long. Usually such feelings pass within a short time after a training session. If a client feels that he or she may be experiencing a side effect and they tell the provider about this, training protocols can be altered, usually quickly eliminating such mild side effects. However, we have occasionally seen more serious adverse effects when unqualified practitioners have been doing Neurofeedback, especially when the training is not being guided by a scientifically objective quantitative EEG brain map.
Neurofeedback should be done at least once a week, and preferably twice weekly. When persons are traveling from long distances we can sometimes do neurofeedback twice in a day.
Most follow-up research has commonly found that about 70-80% of the time significant improvements occur.
Neurofeedback for ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities usually requires about 30-40 sessions; usually anxiety and insomnia require about 20 sessions; concussions and brain injuries can require 25-50 sessions depending on the severity. Depression often requires about 25-30 sessions and OCD may require 30-50 sessions.
If changes have been adequately reinforced, maintenance sessions are not usually necessary. The exception is if something has occurred to change brain functioning such as a head injury or drug abuse.