NEUROPTIMAL FAQ's

Is neurofeedback training safe? Are there any side effects? Do I need a brain map before training? Learn how NeurOptimal® neurofeedback works and how this Dynamical Neurofeedback® system is different than other protocol-based neurofeedback systems.

Why NeurOptimal?  

The way Dynamical neurofeedback works is by providing precisely timed feedback based on the 265 data points that are collected every second through reading the electrical output! It is key information so that you can optimize it’s functioning.  That’s how it can be diagnostically agnostic. Basically, it's like teaching the brain to be smarter, learning to come into the present to gather info before it makes a decision rather than doing what’s habitual— anxiety being a common brain habit.   Why we use the NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback System for our rentals. 

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 Neurofeedback Training with the NeurOptimal system is safe for anyone to use. Why?  Because nothing is being added to your brain  it simply gives the brain information about what it has just done. The brain uses this information to re-organize itself. Read below for more commonly asked questions and a comparison chart of different neurofeedback systems.

Neurofeedback Training with the NeurOptimal system is safe for anyone to use. Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain it simply gives the brain information about what it has just done. The brain uses this information to re-organize itself. Read below for more commonly asked questions and a comparison chart of different neurofeedback systems.

What's the difference between linear and Dynamical® neurofeedback?

There are two generations of neurofeedback.  Out of the first we got protocol-based where you are using an initial brain map and comparing it to the client's brain and then using entrain and migrate techniques to create state change.  And out of the second generation came Dynamical® NeurOptimal® neurofeedback, which is the system we use. Here the brain gets a brain map of itself shown to itself moment by moment through analysis of 20 targets up to 60 Hz. And with that information it reorganizes itself.  

Do I need a brain map (QEEG test) to start?

No. A diagnosis or brain map is not needed when using NeurOptimal.  Since NeurOptimal® is Dynamical® neurofeedback, it is helping support overall health.  It is completely non-invasive and non-directive because it is based on both a very different understanding about how the brain works, as well as how it is best optimized.

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How is NeurOptimal Different from Other Neurofeedback Systems?

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NeurOptimal® is very different from other neuro feedback systems. It is completely non-directive because it is based on both a different understanding about how the brain works, as well as how it is best optimized. NeurOptimal® is designed to work with the brain as an information-detection system, that is why feedback is delivered through precisely timed interruptions in music. By simply giving the brain feedback information about its own activity 256 times per second, NeurOptimal® helps support our intrinsic reorganization abilities to create calm, and the ability to focus again.

NeurOptimal does not tell the brain what or what not to do. It does not push or pull your brain in any particular direction. The system responds to the client brain wave information and the client responds to the system feedback.

NeurOptimal trainers do not diagnose; there are no long questionnaires or clinical discussions. Because trainers do not diagnose, they do not treat specific symptoms, they train the whole brain at once. In the area of brain training there are inherent and significant differences in the underlying theories between these systems that result in the development of differing approaches to the software development.

Traditional Neurofeedback Systems approaches require licensed clinicians to make or use a diagnosis, often with the help of a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG). These brief ‘slices of time’ are then used to create protocols over subsequent weeks or months. Needless to say, this evaluation process is time consuming, expensive, and unnecessary for NeurOptimal® clients. Using a diagnosis or QEEG for NeurOptimal is like trying to use a road map to fly a jumbo jet— it’s just not relevant.

Does NeurOptimal® have side effects?

NeurOptimal® is 100% non-invasive and does not push the brain in any “direction” during training, it is highly unlikely you will feel any ill effects following a session. Any noticeable shifts in your mood, awareness or energy level after brain training really depends on the individual and can vary from session to session. 

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Is Neurofeedback Training Safe?

Yes, it safe for anyone to use.  Why?  Because nothing is being added to your brain.  The advanced technology works by meaningfully timed micro-interruptions in music. Because the brain is designed to be responsive to new information, when the neurofeedback system alerts the brain to it’s own functioning. It’s as if we’re saying, pay attention to your habitual reactions. (And change the ones that facilitate well being and health.)

Who benefits from Neurofeedback Training?

Everyone can!  Or anyone under stress.  Or anyone who wants to create further focus, calm, mental acuity and performance at work or at school. Neurofeedback supports radically shifting our lives away from being reactive to being responsive to life’s challenges. Whether your goals are to support your mood or perform better at school, NeurOptimal® is designed to optimize your well being. Read more

How Much Does Neurofeedback Cost? And How can I Start?

There are three options to start training:

  1. We have offices in NYC, Pasadena and Boulder. Come in for a session and see if it's for you. Price for new clients range from $95 and up and we provide neurofeedback packages.

  2. The more cost-effective and convenient option would be to rent. We provide three different monthly plans and pricing information can be found here. Read also: Why the Best Neurofeedback System Might be a Rental

  3. One can also buy a neurofeedback system for home or professional use. Price range from $7,000 and up. The benefits of purchasing are that the price is less for training long term. It is particularly advantageous if you are training multiple family members or if you would like to train for more than a few months. Learn more about purchasing a system here.

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