FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NEUROFEEDBACK
Why NeurOptimal Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback Training with the NeurOptimal system is safe for anyone to use. Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain it simply gives the brain information about what it has just done. The brain then uses this information to re-organize itself.
Is Neurofeedback Training Safe?
Yes, it safe for anyone to use. Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain. The training works by alerting your automatic functioning part of the brain to its own actions (this part controls the fear response, flight/flight/freeze, sleep, attentiveness, executive functioning, etc.) so it can ‘see’ its own maladaptive patterns. Because the brain is designed to be responsive to new information, when the neurofeedback system alerts the brain to it’s own functioning the brain will naturally tweak itself to be the most efficient and effective response. It’s as if the brain, upon being alerted to it’s own behaviour says “hey, I’m about to produce a stress response when I’m sitting in a safe space. That’s not efficient or an appropriate response. I’m going to change what I’m doing.”
What's the difference between protocol and dynamical neurofeedback?
There are two generations of Neurofeedback. Out of the first we got protocol based where you are using an initial brain map and comparing it to the client’s brain and then using entrain and migrate techniques to create state change. And out of the second generation came dynamical neurofeedback, which is the kind we use. Here the brain gets a brain map of itself shown to itself moment by moment through analysis of 16 targets up to 60 Hz. And with that information it reorganizes itself.
Do I need a brain map (QEEG test) to start?
No. A diagnosis or brain map is not needed when using NeurOptimal. Since NeurOptimal® is a ‘dynamical’ neurofeedback™ system, it is also very different from other systems. It is completely non-invasive and non-directive because it is based on both a very different understanding about how the brain works, as well as how it is best optimized.
It is estimated that the human brain has 15-33 billion neurons and each neuron may have as many as 10,000 synaptic connections. Neurons communicate with each other using chemical signals which results in all electrical ‘brain activity.’ This brain activity is measured in brainwaves with an electroencephalogram (EEG). The frequency of each brainwave tells us a lot about the state of the brain at any given moment.
How is NeurOptimal® is Different from Other Systems?
NeurOptimal® trainers do not diagnose; there are no long questionnaires or clinical discussions. Because trainers do not diagnose, they do not ‘treat’ specific symptoms, they train the whole brain at once. It is recognized that all neurofeedback (NF), regardless of system or approach, delivers value in the treatment and resolution of brain imbalances. However, there are inherent and significant differences in the underlying theories between these systems that result in the development of differing approaches to the software development.
What About Side Effects - Are There Any?
NeurOptimal® is 100% non-invasive and does not push the brain in any “direction” during training, it is highly unlikely you will feel any side effects following a session. Any noticeable shifts in your mood, awareness or energy level after brain training really depends on the individual and can vary from session to session. Very few clients report negative side effects, and if they do, it’s usually drowsiness during or immediately after a session.