How often should I do neurofeedback ?

How to Get The Best Results From Neurofeedback

The best results when doing neurofeedback training is, in our observation over the last eight years, 1-3 times a week. Some people ask us if they can just train multiple times a day but that might not yield any better results than once a day.  But more importantly, consistency is key. 

We are helping ourselves learn to live our lives from a place of calm and centeredness. It is helpful to add some time between sessions to make adjustments to our lives: change our sleep habits, communicate differently, build a healthy diet into our day….all of which takes time to adjust.

We have often seen clients come in to our NYC Neurofeedback Training clinic very consistently for a full course of training (15-30 sessions), never missing a week.  Overall, they're results are more dramatic and we see great improvement in multiple areas.  On the other hand, clients who tend to skip weeks more than a few times usually end up less than pleased with their end result.  The reason is the brain never got a full chance to learn a new habit: one of regulation.

   The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma     by  Bessel van der Kolk MD  A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing in his book.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk MD A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing in his book.

*Melissa was someone who came in weekly and consistently.  She completed a full course of training at a little over 20 sessions.  Melissa came in because she had read about the positive effects of neurofeedback in Bessel Van Der Kolk's book "The Body Keeps the Score."  She was most interested in lowering her anxiety levels and reactivity, and potentially looking at how some physical ailments might change as a result as well.  In looking at her symptom checklists from before and after, we can see large shifts that occurred training from March to October. 

Melissa reported them too: the biggest shift she noticed was feeling more responsive and less reactive, a usual effect as the nervous system learns to come into regulation. 

However, when we look closely at her before and after lists, many other areas shifted as well that may have been less expected.  For instance her intestinal/gut concerns, body pain/fatigue/stiffness, headaches, and being blocked on words, all showed great improvement.  They went from 6-8 to 2-4 (10 is most severe and 0 is most mild.) Additionally, her overall stress levels went from an 8 to a 3. 

Consistency is needed to train our brains to use new, healthier habits, instead of old outdated ones. 

 

We provide several ways to do neurofeedback training:

  1. Rent a Neurofeedback system for home use. We can ship the equipment and materials needed to train, directly to your home or you can pick it up at one of our locations in LA, NYC or BOULDER, Colorado. Get started here

  2. Neurofeedback sessions at reduced rate available NYC, Pasadena and Boulder.

  3. Buy a neurofeedback machine, for home use or professional use! Price range from $7,000 and up. Learn more >

 

* name changed for confidentiality purposes. 

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