Neurofeedback has been in existence since the 1960s. Trainers for decades worked with their clients’ brains to change brain activity using programs like video games. The idea was to train the brain to produce more or less of various frequencies that are thought to correlate with different brain states. Working that way involves a certain amount of guesswork — trial and error — that can produce good results, but that can also result in side effects. In recent years, in part due to increases in computing power, it has become possible to train the brain in a different way, with little if any risk of side effects.
We will do this state of the art central nervous system training using the NeurOptimal® system. That means going a big step beyond neurofeedback as it is traditionally done. We won’t be making an educated guess about what your brain needs. Instead, the system will give feedback to your brain in real time, moment by moment, bringing it back to the present precisely when it is about to shift states. The brain has the opportunity to look at whether that state shift is a useful, desirable one — or not.
This is information that it doesn’t get anywhere else in life. The brain uses this information to re-normalize itself. Shifts into less than desirable states can just… drop away.
Do the changes last? Typically, yes, because the brain likes running more efficiently. It will be paying close attention to the feedback — interruptions to the music you’ll be listening to. The brain then does what it does best: Use the information it takes in to organize itself on your behalf. Your brain is already masterful at that; and we are going to be giving it unique information that it can use to run more efficiently, with more resilience and more flexibility. With this kind of training, we become more able to respond to life well rather than react out of old learned stress responses. What I see in my clients is that focus typically gets better, over-reactions decrease, recycling the past drops away, and the body can use its resources instead for growth, repair and wellness. It’s very common for sleep to be the first area to improve, which impacts positively throughout the client’s life.
Neurofeedback works directly with the central nervous
NeurOptimal® uses unique filtering and ongoing targeting of a broad range of frequencies, rather than focusing on narrow ranges chosen by the provider. This is technology that is only available with NeurOptimal® neurofeedback. Again, there’s no guesswork involved. The system is responding to your unique brain moment to moment during each session.
For more about what makes NeurOptimal® different from other neurofeedback systems, read What is Dynamical Neurofeedback.
Your brain is the most complex system on the Earth and is very skilled at organizing itself on your behalf.
NeurOptimal® uses the EEG — information about the electrical activity of your brain — to train your CNS (central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord) to be at its best, taking advantage of its powerful ability to organize and normalize itself. Because your brain does this in the way that is uniquely right for you, it’s not being pushed or pulled in a provider chosen direction. This makes the process virtually side effect free.
To learn more, listen to this half hour podcast by Dr. Valdeane Brown, co-founder and developer of NeurOptimal®. Val talks about what neurofeedback is, how NeurOptimal® works, and how it differs from other forms of neurofeedback. The interviewer on the podcast is Bulletproof Exec’s Dave Asprey. You can download an mp3 file or connect with iTunes for the podcast (it’s number 205 on the Bulletproof Radio page):
Are you interested in research?
Research into the benefits of neurofeedback goes back more than 50 years. If you would like to review what has been discovered, here are two links. It’s very positive.
The science behind NeurOptimal®
If you’re interested in the science underpinning NeurOptimal®, this one and a half hour webinar by Dr. Valdeane Brown will provide you with that. You’ll likely find it fascinating. If all you want to know is, can it help you, visit the Neurofeedback Benefits and Client Comments pages or contact us. You’re welcome to ask about the particular things you’d like to see happen for you.
Is neurofeedback the same as biofeedback?
People often ask about the difference between neurofeedback and biofeedback. Neurofeedback is usually seen as a form of biofeedback, but traditional biofeedback works with the peripheral nervous system (the PNS) — the outer edges of the body. With biofeedback, the client learns to make changes to the PNS (such as reducing muscle tension or increasing skin temperature). The client practices the skills on his or her own, with the expectation that learning those skills will affect the central nervous system in a positive way.
Unlike traditional biofeedback, neurofeedback works directly with the central nervous system (CNS). I think of this as going up the river to the source — the CNS. The central nervous system affects all of the body’s systems. Changes in the CNS will reflect in the PNS — and in your life.
Is neurofeedback sounding like something that may be helpful to you? If so, you’re welcome to call me at 212-877-6923 or email for an appointment. If you’re not sure yet, I’ll be happy to do my best to answer any questions you may have.