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Neurofeedback Training with NeurOptimal®

why use NeurOptimal®?

NeurOptimal® offers help for depression. It can dramatically help with anxiety. Positive outcomes have been documented when neurofeedback training was provided to address a plethora of issues arising from ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, psychological trauma/PTSD, trouble sleeping/insomnia, BPD, concussion/TBI, migraines/headaches, and more. NeurOptimal® training is a good alternative for clients with mental or physical problems that defy easy diagnosis; have not responded well to therapy or medication; want a natural and holistic approach to mental health. 


Most users notice that they feel more relaxed, aware, centered, and focused. Many report that they dream more vividly and sleep more soundly. They work or study more efficiently and experience a significant reduction in physical complaints. They are less bothered by doubts and insecurities and are more apt to experience confidence and satisfaction. Nagging, upsetting thoughts simply drop away with no effort on the user’s part. Free from distraction, the brain can focus on the present and naturally discover the best way to tackle the task at hand. 

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how does dynamical neurofeedback work?

Frequently Asked Questions

WHo can benefit from neurofeedback?

You do not need a diagnosis to train your brain. Any brain can benefit from neurofeedback. There is no age restriction. 


 IS NEUROPTIMAL® SAFE?


NeurOptimal® brain training is 100% safe and there are no undesirable side effects. There is no electrical current or magnetic field or anything else entering the body or brain. NeurOptimal® only gives information to your brain through the senses via the music and video. This form of training does not push you into alternate mental states or behaviors. The process is very gentle and nothing is forced. 


WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?

 We will first spend about 15 minutes talking about symptoms, motivation for training, and/or progress. Then a handful of tiny, lightweight sensors are placed on your scalp and ears. These sensors are connected to a computerized system that measures your EEG activity. While you are listening to relaxing music - or watching a movie if you are a child, the system gives your brain feedback. You may notice very brief interruptions in the sound. These pauses are the auditory feedback that your brain interprets as a signal to regulate itself. They happen at a particular time of brain activity and allow your brain to return to the present and to stability.  

How many sessions are needed?

 There is no standard answer to this question because everyone’s central nervous system is unique. The number of brain training sessions also varies according to individual needs. Some issues resolve within a few sessions and others that are perhaps more deeply rooted require more time. Having said that, clients can expect SOMETHING to shift within six sessions. It is recommended to do at least ten sessions to make any change durable.  


  DO THE EFFECTS LAST? 


 Yes, the effects of neurofeedback are durable. Training with NeurOptimal® is a learning task. You get results because your brain is actively learning, even if you are not doing the learning consciously. Just like reading, once your brain knows how to read, it does not forget. 

Research

RESEARCH ON NEUROFEEDBACK

The scientific evidence backing up the health benefits obtained by neurofeedback training is abundant and easily accessible online.
Biofeedback devices, including the use of neurofeedback, are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and indicated for relaxation training.
A lot of the research has been done on attention deficit and a Norwegian study found neurofeedback training to be just effective as methylphenidate (common brands: Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin) for alleviating symptoms of children with ADHD.

Clinical trials related to neurofeedback are available on PubMed database: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
Research specifically related to NeurOptimal® is available on Zengar Institute website: http://www.zengar.com/research


 

Below are a few references illustrating the extent and state of the research on neurofeedback:

Bessel Van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, 2015.
Hanno W. Kirk: Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health, 2015. 
Maleki Leila: Depression and Neurofeedback, 2015.
Robert Hill & Eduardo Castro: Healing Young Brains, the Neurofeedback Solution, 2009.
Gyorgy Buzsaki: Rhythms of the Brain, 2006.
Hammond, D. C. (2005). Neurofeedback treatment for depression and anxiety. Journal of Adult Development, 12, 131-137.
Robbins, James: A symphony in the brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback. 2005.
Van der Kolk, B. A.(2005). Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research for the Treatment of PTSD. Annals New York Academy of Sciences.
Monastra, V. J., Monastra, D. M., & George, S. (2002). The effects of stimulant therapy, EEG biofeedback, and parenting style on the primary symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 27, 231-249.
Davidson, R. J., Jackson, & D. C., Kalin, N. H.(2000). Emotion, plasticity, context, and regulation: Perspectives from affective neuroscience. Psychological Bulletin, 126(6), 890-909.