NEUROFEEDBACK IS AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD of intervention to address brain dysfunctions and cognitive deficits that is non-invasive and often associated with substantially less adverse effects than the use of psychoactive agents such as anti-depressive or stimulant medications.
Neurofeedback is a form of brain training that utilizes biofeedback principles to “teach” the brain to produce the appropriate brainwaves necessary to elicit the most effective level of functioning. Hence, this method of intervention can help:
- Eliminate the feeling of “brain fog” and sense of overwhelm.
- Improve memory function as well as other cognitive abilities such as attention, organization, working memory, and mental flexibility.
- Stabilize mood by reducing feelings of irritability, depression or anxiety.
- Reduce the experience of pain.
- Stabilize sleep patterns.
In the last several years, the field has undergone some significant new developments that have rendered this method of brain training even more appealing since innovative systems such as Neurogen, LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) have been able to “bypass” the need for the patient to consciously learn how to control their brainwaves. Instead, feedback of brain function is applied directly to the brain in a language that is already very familiar to this vital organ, minute electronic impulses that are thousands of times weaker than the signal produced by cell phones, hence posing no harm or danger to the patient. In fact, one of the most well-known of these innovative systems, LENS, has been deemed by the FDA as having equivalent safety status as conventional neurofeedback
More recently, other innovative procedures such as neuromodulation, cranio-electro stimulation (CES) devices as well as mobile brain sensing technologies such as VERSUS which can be implemented at home, have made these alternative interventions more accessible to those suffering from ADHD, insomnia, mood disorders or elevated stress who would like to address these issues without the use of psychiatric medications.
Research has been showing promising outcomes with these alternative approaches. However, in order for these procedures to produce the best results, a quantitative EEG brain map (QEEG) should be completed prior to
commencing treatment with most of these non-pharmaceutical interventions, especially neurofeedback.
The QEEG provides valuable information for a careful analysis for the brain waves patterns including the “coherence” and “synchrony” between the various brain regions, and compares the patient’s QEEG to their age group norms in order to identify areas of the brain showing abnormal brainwaves characteristics.
Initially, treatment will require a minimum of two neurofeedback training sessions per week lasting for about one hour each. Overtime, the sessions can be reduced to once a week. Once the desired improvements are accomplished the changes in brain functioning are stable and permanent.
We, at Optimal Minds Neuropsychology, are committed to helping our patients achieve a better level of functioning and sense of well-being hence we are very enthusiastic about making this intervention available to our patients.
In order to make available this valuable and effective intervention to our patients, Optimal Minds Neuropsychology has developed a collaborative professional relationship with Dr. Eileen Roberts. Dr. Roberts is the founder of Brain Builders Neurotherapy and one of the leading Neurofeedback experts in the Bay Area who has been very active in working with former NFL players diagnosed with CTE. This collaborative work between Optimal Minds Neuropsychology and Brain Builders Neurotherapy, has allowed for an integrated approach and access to innovative interventions to bring meaningful changes to abnormal brain functioning