Dynamical Neurofeedback At a Glance
What is Neurofeedback?
The central nervous system is a complex structure capable of doing amazing things: from triggering the muscles in our arms and legs to stimulate movement, to processing difficult emotions and solving complex equations, our brains are arguably the most intricate and powerful machine in the human body. And just like any other machine, sometimes the brain needs a “tuneup” to continue functioning at optimum levels. This is the purpose behind neurofeedback — to “train” the human brain to function efficiently and effectively.
Doctors Valdene Brown and Susan Cheshire Brown developed the NeurOptimal Dynamical Neurofeedback System after over 40 years of experience in the neuroscience field. They discovered a way to track brainwaves and offer “feedback” to the brain in the form of sound—or lack thereof. This “feedback”encourages reprograming in brain function for optimal performance. Dynamical neurofeedback is not a one-size-fits-all treatment; the NeurOptimal system allows the brain to adjust and regulate itself based on its own brainwaves and not according to an assumed “map”.
Dynamical neurofeedback is not a medical treatment; the system does not diagnose the brain, nor does it target specific symptoms. Rather, the dynamical neurofeedback system is like a “training” for the brain that targets multiple areas at once, hence the name “dynamical” neurofeedback. Neurofeedback training is safe for all ages and cognitive abilities, is not addictive, and does not require physician referral.
What To Expect During a Neurofeedback Session
A typical neurofeedback session lasts 33 minutes. A therapist or trained technician will place 5 sensors on your scalp and ears to track the electrical activity in your brain. A conductive paste is used on the sensors to ensure that they stay in place through the training session.
The session begins when meditation music begins to play. If you listen closely you will notice short pauses or skips in the music—this is the feedback that communicates to your brain that irregular rhythms in your brain activity have been detected. The brain will pick up on that feedback subconsciously and self-correct to more natural, relaxed, and effective brain activity. No physical sensations are involved in neurofeedback.
You are welcome to rest and relax during your training session; your brain will still detect the interruptions in the music even if you are not focusing or fall asleep. Some therapists offer neurofeedback sessions during a regular counseling session; ask your therapist for more information. In addition to meditative music, we also offer a small selection of movies with the same audio interruptions for younger clients going through brain training. Our clients have reported feeling more rested and relaxed after their 33 minute session as well as better sleep the night after their training session.
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