WHAT HAPPENS DURING A NEUROFEEDBACK SESSION?
This video below describes what will happen during your first NeurOptimal session, including how the neurofeedback technology works, what you might feel and the best way to train.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BRAIN TRAINING WITH NEUROPTIMAL
Sensors are placed on your scalp and ear which read signals coming from your brain. When the NeurOptimal system detects turbulence in your brain activity, it uses music to gently signal your brain to alter course. In this way, your brain learns to retrain itself to become more effective, more calm, and more balanced.
During a session, you sit in a comfortable chair and listen to music. When your brain is about to do something new, i.e. change states, it does a certain kind of “electrical dance”, which the software identifies. When that “dance” is detected the computer program stops the music in milliseconds. What the stopping of the music does, is trigger the orienting response and the brain “comes into the present” and sees what it was about to do and also takes in information about the external environment. And all of this it does in milliseconds and outside of your conscious awareness!
A good analogue is like when you are daydreaming and in a daydream you (your brain) are not aware of what is happening, not until someone calls your name (the music stopping in neurofeedback) and you simultaneously realize that you were lost in a daydream, and recognize the quality of that daydream, as well as take in information about the here-and-now. Learn more about how NeurOptimal works >
Training with NeurOptimal® is actually a learning task. You get results because your brain is actively learning, even if you are not doing the learning consciously. So much like reading, once your brain knows how to read, it can’t “not know”. Your brain doesn’t forget. It may get rusty, but the effects of learning remain throughout your lifetime. Read more FAQ's here >
How long is a session?
A regular neurofeedback program lasts 34 minutes and the in-office visit takes a total of 50 minutes. However, when renting the equipment for home use, an extended version 44 minutes is also available. It's the same training, just 10 more minutes of a work-out, or a nap for yourself! Learn more about renting cost here or schedule an appointment at one of our locations here.
How many sessions do people typically have?
The number of sessions varies depending on why the person is training and type of symptoms. And when clients have more stressors they often need more training. In general most clients train somewhere between 10-30+ sessions. Some people fall in love with the training and decide they want to own a system, like buying a treadmill for home use. Those people are often interested in optimal health, and want to keep their brains in top performance. Other people train for specific symptom relief, such as the headaches and dizziness of a concussion. For them, 10-15 sessions is typical. Long term conditions such as complex trauma/ PTSD, train weekly for 6+ months.
When you start training, by either coming in for sessions or renting a neurofeedback device from us there are some key dos and don'ts that we have a significant impact on how quickly you'll notice changes which you can read more about in our blog post, Neurofeedback for Anxiety - What you must know for best results.
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Although NeurOptimal neurofeedback training does not treat specific conditions, specific symptoms are alleviated because you are improving the overall functioning of the central nervous system. Watch NeurOptimal Reviews and our Clients Success Stories >