How is Neurofeedback done?
An initial assessment including an interview, health history, symptom check list, and QIK CPT (Continuous Processing Test) are done to obtain a baseline of current brain functioning, in order to better understand the issues and plan a training protocol.
How does it work?
Three small sensors are placed on the scalp to detect brain waves, which are analyzed by an amplifier and a computer that process the signal and provide the proper feedback. This is displayed to the trainee by means of a video game or display along with audio signals.
Activity in the desirable frequency band is rewarded (for example, the video games move faster, or the music gets louder). If the activity in an adverse band increases, the video game is inhibited. Gradually, the brain automatically responds to these cues, learning new and optimal brain wave patterns. The aim is to achieve greater stability, greater flexibility, and faster recovery from anything that becomes destabilizing.
How does it help so many conditions?
Depending on the protocol, Neurofeedback can help surprisingly different conditions as well as enhance peak performance. Simply, this is because it impacts profound central brain regulation in areas and pathways that are common to all of them. Once the brain learns, it doesn't forget. Elite athletes report greater focus and concentration, especially under stressful game or race conditions after Neurofeedback training.
How long does training take?
Each session involves about 30 minutes of training plus 10 minutes for hook up and discussion. Since Neurofeedback training is a learning process, the results are seen gradually over time. For most conditions, initial progress can be seen within about 10 sessions. Improvements are often seen in behavior, mental and athletic function and sense of well-being. Initial goals may be met at 20 to 30 sessions. In very severe chronic conditions and cases of hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder, training may take 40 or more sessions. Progress is monitored and tested along the way to maximize effectiveness.
How frequent should sessions be?
In the initial stages of training, the sessions should be regular and frequent at two, three or even more sessions per week. Later, one or two sessions per week will suffice.
Can Neurofeedback complement other therapies?
Yes. Collaboration with your current therapist, tutor, coach or physician is advised. We support them as they are helping you. Scientific research documentation is available for your provider (see the Articles section for references).
Are there any side effects with Neurofeedback Training?
No. Over the past 30 years Neurofeedback has proven completely safe in all cases.