Neurofeedback Training FAQ
What is the Neurofeedback equipment like?
The non-invasive sensors that are placed on your scalp are connected to an electronic device that assists in detecting and amplifying brain activity. This device, an amplifier, is connected to a computer that shows you images and produces sounds. You will be asked to relax and watch and listen to the stimuli from the computer as your brainwaves are being monitored. As you produce desired brainwave patterns, you will be rewarded by having the images on the computer move and sound play. Over time, you train your brain to a healthier brain pattern.
Is my brain going be shocked or will I experience pain?
No, nothing is introduced into your brain or body. Neurofeedback is non-invasive and does not involve electricity going through the sensors. The sensors just record and amplify your brain activity.
How do I actually train my brain?
Neurofeedback is brainwave training. Training teaches your brain to regulate neuronal patterns based on sensor placement. Training reconditions your brain to produce healthier cognitive patterns.Simply put, you respond to cues provided by a computer. Changes in the visual and auditory feedback indicate whether your brain activity is within the designated range. The feedback tells you and your therapist how you are learning and responding to the training. This awareness gradually increases your ability to influence your brainwaves.
How long does the training take?
Each individual session typically lasts 20-30 minutes. Since training is a learning process and takes practice, the number of sessions varies for everyone. Training is like exercising with results gradually happening over a long term. However, most people report noticing improvements after only a few sessions. It is most helpful when training becomes second nature. For some clients this process can take up to 20-40 sessions. If training is stopped prematurely, improvement may not last.
What are the benefits of Neurofeedback?
Changing your brain patterns can result in positive physical, emotional, and cognitive states. Improvement can be made in relaxation, efficiency, alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. You will be able to make normal transitions between brainwave states instead of being stuck in one state.
How long does the improvement last?
Improvements are intend to be long-lasting, if not permanent. Clients who are 60 years of age or older may require additional "tune up" sessions once or twice a year in order to maintain their initial results.
Are there any side effects?
Typically, there are no side effects. People usually report training as enjoyable. Some people in the early stages of training have reported feeling tired, irritable, or having a temporary headache. Feeling fatigued is not surprising considering that during training your brain is using considerable energy and effort.
What can the computer know about me?
The computer identifies the energy your brain gives off as it is functioning. From this information the therapist can create a training plan to help improve your brain's functioning. The computer doesn't know your thoughts.
Why haven't I heard about Neurofeedback before?
Neurofeedback technology dates to the 1960's but only until recently has the field made significant advances. In the past, there was very little research, and what research there was was only published in neuroscience journals - not commonly read by therapists and doctors. The volume of research on Neurofeedback today is now more expansive than many other medical and psychological treatments used today.
Thankfully, Neurofeedback equipment is accessible to independent qualified therapists, and not only research institutions. LG Counseling is excited to further the Neurofeedback field with additional research if clients permit.
What has been published thus far about Neurofeedback?
Because Neurofeedback is a specific type of Biofeedback, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) maintains a comprehensive listing of all Neurofeedback-related scientific publications.
The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) also has a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly articles about Neurofeedback.
The BCIA also maintains a comprehensive listing of all Neurofeedback-related endorsements.
Is Neurofeedback effective for everyone?
Most people can learn to respond to neurotherapy. According to published statistics, approximately 75-80% of clients do achieve a benefit. For various reasons, 15-20% of clients don't experience significant benefits or benefits at all. Therefore, clients are carefully monitored in order to evaluate progress during the training process. The therapist will make every effort to inform you of your progress or lack thereof.
How do I prepare for my Neurofeedback training?
alcohol 1-2 days before your appointment.
being hungry during your appointment-avoid sugary snacks.
hair products such as conditioner, sprays, gels.
Have clean hair - it must be dry when you arrive
Get a good night's rest (7-8 hrs. minimum)
Report prescription medication and supplementation use.