WHAT IS A NEUROFEEDBACK SESSION LIKE?
To begin, five small sensors are attached to your ears and head. Then, you lay back in a reclining chair and listen to captivating music for 33 minutes. Most people sleep during their sessions. When the session is over the sensors are removed and you’re finished. Most people report feeling refreshed, calm and alert, even if they nodded in and out of consciousness. The entire session takes approximately 60 minutes.
What’s going on with your brain is a different story. During the session the sensors on your head detect the electrical activity of your central nervous system and feed that information to a computer. The computer then monitors and analyzes your brain’s activity, and then sends signals to your brain through perfectly timed interrupts in the music you are listening to. These interrupts are signals alerting your brain to specific voltage changes in its activity. When the brain takes notice of inefficient activity, it can go about reorganizing itself. The simplest way to understand how neurofeedback works is that it is like holding a mirror up to the brain so it can observe its own activity and make necessary corrections to improve the way it functions. So what seems like a peaceful and relaxing time for you is a robust work out for your brain. And so neurofeedback is called brain training.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL YOU NEED?
This is impossible to predict for any one person because everyone’s brain is unique, but historical experiences can give you a sense of what you might expect. Keep this in mind so you can develop realistic expectations about outcomes for your training.
Individuals addressing minor concern areas tend to stop training at about 12 sessions. Those with moderate challenges finish in the 20-30 session range. Individuals with major concerns, multiple issues, or long term entrenched issues might seek 40 or more sessions.
Studies also suggest the results last. Because the neurofeedback is training, the brain is learning new ways to organize itself, and like learning to ride a bike, that learning stays with you. Some, but not all, like to come back for refresher trainings once or twice per year.,
Training experiences suggest better outcomes occur when there aren’t long interruptions between sessions. Twice a week for the first month is good and then weekly for a time and bi-weekly after that until personal results are achieved.
**Unfortunately our technology does not allow us to provide training for the deaf or those with severe hearing impairment**
FURTHER QUESTIONS - RESEARCH - VIDEO AND AUDIO LINKS?
Please feel free to contact us for further questions or discussions about neurofeedback. We also highly recommend the website www.aboutneurofeedback.com. They are an unbiased source for info on all things neurofeedback. On the left of their home page is a list of the concern areas commonly resulting in individuals seeking neurofeedback training. The banner at the top of their home page has an item named “INFO CENTER” which hosts numerous videos and audio recordings on various neurofeedback subjects.
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