Unfortunately, health insurances see Neurofeedback as an elective treatment and will usually not cover brain mapping, or qEEG’s and neurofeedback training. However, we do offer low-interest financing and accept payments from health savings accounts (HSA’s).
No. Neurofeedback training does not change your underlying personality. Neurofeedback training sessions are designed to help your brain’s connections start to communicate more efficiently and stay balanced. This can bring on a sense of being calmer, resilient to stress, and more clear-headed. However, it will not change your hobbies, interests, or who you are as a person.
It is optimal for training sessions to be more frequent in the beginning— typically two times weekly.
Results from Neurofeedback vary from person to person. The typical treatment program is around 40 training sessions (on average). Among neurofeedback researchers it is said that it takes a minimum of 20 sessions for the patient’s learning to consolidate and maintain their gains.
Most patients will notice a difference after about 6-8 sessions, generally completed over the first 3 to 4 weeks. However, some patients have mentioned they noticed a difference right away.
No. Neurofeedback training sessions are designed to help your brain’s neuro connections communicate and regulate more effectively, while becoming more balanced. This can aid in making a person feeling more calm, better able to handle stress, and more focused. With that said, it does not change a person’s interests or who you are.
No. In the last 40 years, neurofeedback training has become more easily available, and there have been no major side effects reported to the FDA. The only side effect our patients have expressed is feeling tired after training. Fatigue after working your brain on a task is a common side effect anytime you’re learning something new.
There may be times when we suggest discussing with your physician to temporarily not take certain types of medications. This will typically be done before a brain map, or qEEG, and other testing is completed to give a baseline score. However, we will never suggest a person stop any medication taken for physical or medical conditions (seizures, blood pressure, heart problems, etc.). Any changes in the medication regime must be made under discussion with your primary care provider, and is respected by our doctors.
Initially, Neurofeedback supports current medication in reducing symptoms. Through neurofeedback training, research has suggested that this will often eliminate the need or amount of medication. Of course, any medication changes should be completed under the supervision of your primary care provider.
Research indicates Neurofeedback is an effective treatment for individuals with attentional issues (ADHD, ADD), anxiety disorders, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), migraines, headaches, and certain sleep disorders. Neurofeedback can also aid in symptom reduction for those with autism and recovery from head traumas (traumatic Brain injuries and concussions).
Neurofeedback was first discovered in the 1960’s, when people could control their brainwave patterns. Since the field was in its infancy, research was only conducted in very few institutions that had large laboratories. Results were only published in highly specialized scientific journals, which most help care providers were unfamiliar with or did not have access to. This has been changing over recent years. Advancements in computer technologies have enabled neurofeedback to emerge from a large laboratory environment, to an effective clinical tool for mental health providers’ offices. This has further brought about a vast amount of research demonstrating the effectiveness of Neurofeedback to an even greater degree.
Research studies have shown that a person’s I.Q. can rise 10-20 points after training. This is not because Neurofeedback makes anyone more intelligent; instead, it simply helps the brain become more efficient and adaptable, thus often improving scores.