Nerofeedback FAQ

What is neurotherapy?
Neurotherapy, also called neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback, is direct training of the brain utilizing a form of biofeedback that results in enhanced brain function, control and stability.
The neurotherapist takes a careful history, observes the brain waves in action using an electroencephalogram (EEG), and sets learning parameters appropriate to the individual. By carefully setting appropriate thresholds to normalize the various brain waves, they can reward the brain with visual and auditory signals for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This creates a relaxing and gradual learning process that applies to any aspect of the brain function that the therapist can measure.
Neurotherapy is training in self-regulation applied to the brain directly using classical biofeedback principals, allowing the central nervous system to function better. Unlike peripheral nerve biofeedback, the brain can learn these patterns of enhanced activity with enough appropriate training, and make lasting improvements in function.

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Who can benefit from neurofeedback?

Individuals of any age can benefit from EEG training. Neurotherapy can help with various problems of brain deregulation. These include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits (ADD, ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), behavioral disorders, addictions, sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS, emotional disturbances, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), memory loss including chemotherapy fog, and some organic brain conditions such as seizures and autism. Neurotherapy can help anyone maintain good brain function as they age. It is also useful for individuals seeking peak performance to enhance their abilities in sports, business and the arts. You can build self-confidence, control physical and mental problems, improve memory and explore unlimited potential.

Neurofeedback has been found to be a successful treatment for a number of today’s disorders such as:
• Learning Disabilities
• Behavioral Disorders
• Memory Loss
• Chemotherapy Fog
• Brain Trauma
• Headaches & Migraines
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Addictions
• Stress & PTSD
• Sleep Deprivation
• Seizures
• Autism & Asperger’s

What happens if neurotherapy clients are taking medication?

With successful Neurotherapy training, medications targeting brain function may no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages, as the brain takes over the role of regulating itself. It is important for clients to communicate with their prescribing physician regarding neurotherapy and medications.

How does neurotherapy work?

The therapist applies sensors to the client’s scalp and uses an EEG (electroencephalograph) machine to display and record the activity of multiple types of brain waves. The signals are processed by computer and displayed on her monitor, where the strength and balance of the various brain waves are graphed. Based on a holistic analysis of your health history and goals, the therapist will personalize a plan to promote enabling frequencies and to diminish those present in excess. The client sits back comfortably in an easy chair, and observes visual and auditory stimuli on a second monitor, like a form of a “video game”, where pleasant sounds and movements on screen reward the brain as it achieves improved levels. Over a series of appointments, the thresholds can be adjusted to bring the brain wave activity into desirable norms of performance and to keep it there between and after visits for longer and longer periods.

Because your brain produces rhythmic energy in electric waves, an EEG (electroencephalograph) can easily monitor them like an electrocardiogram does for your heart. Your therapist has a specialized degree for interpreting your brain wave patterns. With Neurotherapy you gain insight and visual evidence of your mental state, and gain comforting physical control over your own brain’s responses.

How many sessions are involved?

While each individual’s response time is different, generally within 10 to 15 sessions conducted weekly or twice weekly, clients notice a significant decrease in their symptoms. Naturally some conditions and certain clients may require more time to achieve their ultimate goals.

How long does it last?

Under a therapist’s care and guidance, clients can triumph over many uncomfortable disorders with lasting results. “Eighty percent of the first 250 children treated demonstrated grade point average improvement of approximately 1.5 levels. IQ scores on the WISC also show significant improvement.” Dr. Joel Lubar

Who has done it?

Neurotherapy is relatively new field, although the Department of Defense has used it for years to train its military elite in peak performance including the Navy SEALS and Air Force pilots, and to treat head injuries.
Others who have benefited include the astronauts at NASA, professional golfers, air traffic controllers, chief executives, baseball players, and the Dallas Cowboys