Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity to teach self-regulation of brain function. Typically, sensors are placed on the scalp to measure activity, with measurements displayed using video displays or sound.
There are two generations of Neurofeedback. The first was protocol based where you are using an initial brain map and comparing it to the client’s brain and then using various techniques to create state change. The second generation dynamical neurofeedback has been around about 17 years, and is the kind we use. With Neuroptimal, the brain gets a brain map of itself shown to itself moment by moment through analysis of 20 targets up to 60 Hz. And with that information the brain reorganizes itself.
Neuroptimal does not require a clinician or diagnosis, it is non-invasive without any side effects and it is more cost effective than traditional neurofeedback. Neuroptimal goes at your brain’s own pace and does not tell your brain what to do.
During a session you sit in a comfortable chair and listen to relaxing music. Sensors are placed on your scalp and ears which reads your brain signals. Feedback comes in the form of a short interruption of the music which sounds like a click or skip on a record.
Every one is different. Some people will feel improvement immediately while others will notice a difference after a few sessions. For some, it can take more. We recommend a minimum of 10 sessions but most people find that around 20-30 sessions is ideal.
A typical session lasts about 35 minutes with the entire office visit lasting about 45 minutes.
Yes! There are no side effects and Neuroptimal is completely non-invasive. In fact, the American Pediatric Academy has endorsed neurofeedback as a “Level 1 Best Support”. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved neurofeedback for relaxation training.