What is Neurofeedback?

NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Services

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What is Neurofeedback?

NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is an information-based technology that can greatly enhance your well-being and, overall, help you get the most out of life.  The system is loaded onto a laptop computer so it is portable and easy to use.
NeurOptimal® focuses on the central nervous system (CNS) with the goal of calming the CNS so that it works more effectively and efficiently.  As the CNS calms, symptoms and issues related to a wide variety of conditions start to fade.  NeurOptimal® offers the brain moment to moment information that helps the brain to organize and re-organize itself. Neurofeedback has been time-tested over millions of hours, it is safe.

How Does it Work?

NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is like taking your brain to the gym.  When you go to the gym and complete regular workouts, over time that results in strengthened bones and muscles, reduced risk of heart disease and other illnesses, and improved mental health and mood.

With NeurOptimal®, you are connected to a laptop with five sensors and listening to music during the training.  The neurofeedback system is monitoring your brainwaves and providing information to your brain about what it has just done.  It’s like holding up a mirror to the brain.  When the software detects that the brain and central nervous system are working inefficiently, a slight static is heard in the music and the brain then uses that information or feedback provided to reset itself.  Over time, the central nervous system becomes more resilient and flexible in its ability to respond to everyday events. You no longer get “stuck” having the same thoughts over and over, you become less reactive and are able to respond to daily obstacles and issues that arise with more ease.

Why Should I Use Neurofeedback?

Clients typically find NeurOptimal® neurofeedback effective in resolving issues in five general categories:

Physical, Cognitive and Emotional challenges

Adults and children have used NeurOptimal® to help with sleep management, improve mental acuity, assist with focus and concentration, manage stress and performance anxiety, and contributes to general wellness.

Slowing the Effects of Brain Aging

Just as physical exercise helps the body be in better shape, NeurOptimal® keeps the brain fit and resilient.  In addition to healthy lifestyle choices, neurofeedback can help improve memory, recall, and increase overall cognitive agility in older individuals.

An ongoing study in France showed positive results when using NeurOptimal® with patients who have Alzheimer’s Disease.

A recent study also showed NeurOptimal® to be effective in reducing the symptoms of post-cancer chemo impairment or “chemobrain”.

Improved Academic Performance

Neurofeedback training can enhance concentration and mental focus, therefore, students often use NeurOptimal® as a tool to improve their performance in school.

Peak Physical/Artistic Performance

Neurofeedback is being increasingly used by Olympic and professional athletes and performing artists to provide that critical mental edge that assists them in excelling in their chosen field.  And, it is used by recreational athletes just wanting to improve their hockey skills or up their golf or tennis game.

General Wellness

NeurOptimal® assists us in improving our mental outlook by enhancing our ability to respond to life’s challenges with increased ease and resilience.  Some users find that neurofeedback enhances the results of their meditation and spiritual practice.

What Happens During a Session?

You will sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet office space.  Two sensors will be placed on your head and three clips on your ears using water-soluble paste, and you will be given a set of earbuds to wear. The sensors will feed your brainwave patterns into the NeurOptimal® software during the session. A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable, and lasts about 35 minutes. As the session starts, you will hear music playing through the earbuds and you will see geometric images–harmonized to the music–appear on the computer monitor. You can also choose not to watch the monitor during the session. You can just listen to the music, meditate, fall asleep or read a book if you like.  As the music plays, you will hear occasional “skips” or pauses in the music – this is the signal that prompts your brain to re-organize or “reset” itself in order to work more optimally. An example may be helpful here. If we are washing dishes, going for a walk or playing tennis, if we hear a sudden loud noise, our central nervous system (CNS) goes on high alert, checking out the environment to find out if there is danger that needs to be responded to. If the noise presents no danger the CNS returns to normal functioning.  During a NeurOptimal® session, the software recognizes when the brain patterns show that the CNS is on high alert and feeds that information back to the brain through the “skip” or pause in the music.  The CNS quickly finds out that there is no danger present and relaxes.  As this happens over and over, the CNS begins to operate in a calm state more and more often and fewer pauses are heard in the music. At the end of a session, you will most likely feel relaxed. Some clients experience shifts in mood or energy following a session, however, this is very individual. It is very unlikely you will experience any negative after-effects as NeurOptimal® does not artificially “push” the brain in any specific direction. The key thing to remember about NeurOptimal® training is that the brain is using its own intrinsic wisdom to make changes and does not require any conscious effort by the client.  You just listen to music, relax, and enjoy the training!