Neurofeedback Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to The Balanced Brain’s FAQ page!
To provide information on commonly asked questions regarding our services, we’ve provided answers to questions that have been regularly asked of us. This is not meant to be exhaustive, and we know that getting your brain to perform at its best can seem quite complicated. It’s not. Learning self-regulation skills starts at birth and continues throughout our lives. The brain is exquisitely attuned to observe change, the only constant, and learn from every experience, good or bad. That’s what neurofeedback provides you, it allows your brain to see what it is doing, like watching yourself in a mirror, and make adjustments.
We understand that you may have queries regarding our approach, the benefits of neurofeedback brain training, also known as neurotherapy, and what to expect during the training process. We are, of course, available to answer any other questions you may have that are not covered here. Schedule a Discovery call with us to get more personalized answers about your goals for Neurotherapy.
Neurofeedback Frequently Asked Questions
Neurofeedback, a cutting-edge brain-training technique, has gained increasing attention in recent years for its potential to enhance cognitive function, manage various neurological conditions, and improve overall well-being. As its popularity grows, so do the questions surrounding this intriguing field. On this page, we’ll you’ll find Neurofeedback frequently asked questions.
Neurofeedback training, also known as EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, is a technique that utilizes real-time monitoring of your brainwave activity to provide your brain with valuable information about its functioning. By using specialized equipment and sensors, neurofeedback training enables your brain to observe and modulate its patterns. This is done by letting the brain witness its activity in real time and through the use of traditional operant conditioning process of rewarding best performance, reshape dysregulated patterns that result in your behavioral symptoms, to be replaced by more efficient, stable ones. The result is a diminishing and ultimately extinguishing those symptoms.
The symptoms you are experiencing are the expression of your brain’s inability to properly self-regulate, to find and maintain the balance between action and rest, and to find its equilibrium. We reveal the information to discern between useful and non-useful activity in your brain. This is an organic learning process that, over time, shows your brain a better way to function, something it never learned to do properly in the first place or, due to various life circumstances, or has forgotten how to do properly. Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to wire and rewire itself, allows it to find the best way to perform at its best, and the symptoms you have dissolve as the newer, more efficient way of working becomes routine.
The mechanism behind neurofeedback training was revealed working with cats, who learned to control their brainwaves. It works on humans as well, young and old. It’s never too early or too late!
Your success with training can be improved by getting enough restorative sleep, providing the brain with quality nutrients (your diet), keeping hydrated and other items under your control. Our Functional Medicine Health Coach will assist you in making changes that will support best outcomes.
This a very common question and difficult to answer since every brain is different. The severity of symptoms is variable, and the general physical health of the client is another. Are you eating well? Do you have a positive social and spiritual life? Wellness is a holistic concept, and we’ll discuss all of that. Our Functional Medicine Health Coach, Madison MacEocain, is skilled at advising on changes that will enhance your training with us to be most impactful.
Generally speaking, training takes approximately 40-60 hours, depending upon the person and their goals. The training frequency is usually two to three times weekly and can taper to once a week until training is finished. Sessions are scheduled by the hour, and clients receive approximately 45 minutes of actual training time in that hour. We can also do 2 hour sessions, shortening the calendar time you’ll need to spend driving here!
The key is regularity and frequency, like any other training.
The equipment reads your brainwave activity and presents it back to the brain, to show how it’s performing in real-time, and your brain determines the decision to move to a better state of function. Since no electrical currents or magnetic charges are put into your brain, the process is quite safe.
We do not accept any insurance for our services.
We wish it was not so, but it is rarely a covered modality and unfortunately, many exclude neurofeedback specifically. Please check with your carrier and ask- the CPT code for neurofeedback is 90901. It must come with an appropriate diagnosis code.
Insurance covers medications to mask your symptoms but you’re here looking for a better solution.
Success with neurofeedback is judged on behavioral change reported to us by you as training progresses. It’s not possible to predict ahead of time, but there are things that you can do to improve your outcome. Proper diet and lifestyle choices, good sleep hygiene, physical exercise, a supportive family and community, and purposeful spiritual life can all help create an environment for the best brain function.
Since neurofeedback is a learning program, as the brain figures out how best to operate, symptoms are vastly decreased and often eliminated entirely. Training is then complete, and the results are permanent for most people, but some clients may need occasional extra sessions to maintain those results, especially if environmental issues persist.
When you come to our office, we attach tiny sensors to your scalp with a conductive paste; you sit in a comfortable chair and watch your chosen visual content, movies, documentaries, television programs, while your brain observes pattern changes on screen and in your headphones that it learns to recognize and take control of.
The content is wide-ranging and entirely up to you to pick; the neurofeedback is built into the program. It can be enchanting digital landscapes of waterfalls and forests, rocket ships flying through tunnels, random patterns of light and sound, movies, fiction, or documentaries. Every client finds something that they enjoy. You will too.
Medications flood the brain with chemicals that have a fast-acting and powerful effect on brain function. They can be very useful for acute symptoms, but there are drawbacks; the effects only last as long as you take them, and there are side effects.
Neurofeedback is a way to teach brain self-management techniques that optimize brain function in a natural, side-effect-free way.
With EEG training, your brain is empowered to take control of all aspects of its function by training the regulatory networks responsible for our behaviors. That is how so many symptomatologies can be positively affected.
Mastery over brain state is fundamental for all we do in our lives, from sleeping to working to expanding our consciousness.
Research on neurofeedback has been going on for decades. A casual look at PubMed or a Google search will yield voluminous results on its efficacy for various conditions. For a well-organized look at the current state of research, click this link http://www.eeginfo.com/research/. and https://isnr.org/isnr-comprehensive-bibliography