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 some innovative systems such as 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 cells 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.
However, in order for this procedure to yield the best results, a quantitative EEG brain map (QEEG) should be completed prior to commencing neurofeedback training. The QEEG provides valuable information for a careful analysis of the brain waves patterns and the “coherence” 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 brainwave 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, one of the leading Neurofeedback experts in the Bay Area who has been very active in working with former NFL players diagnosed with CTE.