Is Neurofeedback therapy safe for everyone?
Yes, NeurOptimal neurofeedback is safe. Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain. it is through feedback that your brain functioning improves itself. There is no electricity added to your brain, which is a common assumption people have when they see EEG sensors attached to the head. Note: some systems that call themselves neurofeedback are adding micro currents. It's called micro current neurofeedback. I can't speak to the safety of those products but I can say that NeurOptimal adds nothing to your system, it is purely feedback that the individual brain integrates to optimize it's performance millisecond by millisecond. (Any 'neurofeedback' that mentions sending micro-currents to the brain is NOT neurofeedback.) Now the long answer.
How safe is micro current neurofeedback vs non-invasive neurofeedback therapy?
There are different kinds of technology that calls itself 'neurofeedback' or EEG biofeedback. True neurofeedback, which includes systems like LENS, NeurOptimal, and BrainPaint, there is no electricity being added to the brain. They work by giving the brain the feedback it needs to re-wire its maladaptive patterns.
A true neurofeedback device is not adding any electrical voltage to the brain. Any device that are stimulating the brain through micro-currents are not technically neurofeedback. There is no feedback, these systems are introducing electrical currents to the scalp. raining by a clinician. The second type, dynamical feedback, of which there is only one on the market and is called NeurOptimal. It is marketed as the most advanced iteration of the brain training technology based on the non-linear processing patterns of the brain. Dynamical neurofeedback is a true feedback device in that the technology only feeds back the real-time information to the brain about it's electrical patterning, and therefore, does not need a map before training can begin.
What is actually neurofeedback technology versus cheap gimmicks?
Here are some tips to consider when researching units:
Do I need to train in an office with a clinician in order to get effective training for serious conditions such as PTSD?
If you are looking at protocol-based neurofeedback, then yes, you want a qualified clinician with many years of experience, administering the neurofeedback training. Why? Because with protocol-based systems, the trainer is creating brain state changes by comparing your electrical brain patterns to "normal" brain patterns. If you are using the dynamical neurofeedback, the technology works by giving each brain immediate feedback about itself and triggers the brain's natural self-correcting functioning. With this non-invasive technique, there is no state changes created by the trainer. With these types of neurofeedback, a home system is safe, and often the best choice, especially with a family training for ADHD relief.
2. The Cost:
If you're looking at a braining training in the $200 range, such as NeuroSky, you're probably looking at a digital signaling processor not a neurofeedback trainer.
There is no feedback of your brain patterning through monitoring. They force a state change rather than providing real-time feedback. While many enjoy these devices, to use an analogue, if you were choosing a stereo system for your home these are the equivalent of picking an AM/FM radio. The highest quality neurofeedback systems range from mid-thousands for a home system to over ten thousand for a professional system.
3. Nothing Added:
A true neurofeedback device is not adding any electrical voltage to the brain.
Any device that are stimulating the brain through micro-currents are not technically neurofeedback. There is no feedback, these systems are introducing electrical currents to the scalp.
Neurofeedback or EEG-biofeedback as it's sometimes called, requires EEG sensors placed directly on the scalp to collect the real-time electrical information from the brain that is sent to the software system for translation.
Once translated, the information is fed back to the brain either through visual and/or auditory cues. See this page and video for more information. One sign you're looking at clinical-grade neurofeedback is that there is "goop" involved, which we call conductive paste. It is key for the electrical information to be passed from the scalp to the sensors at the speed of micro-seconds. In order for the training to be effective, that electrical information has to be delivered at the speed the brain communicates in, which is micro-seconds.
Best Training Options
1. Neurofeedback At Home – Why Renting A NeurOptimal System?
- Same training as in office visits
- Save in overall cost of neurofeedback sessions (Cost can be as low as $40 per session)
- Easy to use, long lasting and effective
The Dynamic Neurofeedback Home System from NeurOptimal is the most advanced neurofeedback system available. Pick up the equipment at one of our locations in New York, California, Oregon and Colorado for free or have it shipped directly to your home. .
2. Not ready to rent? Try a in-office session.
3. Buy a NeurOptimal neurofeedback machine - for personal or professional use
The neurofeedback device can be used for both personal use and business use. If you are considering buying NeurOptimal for your health clinic or psychotherapy practice click here. If just for personal use, see this page to learn about the cost.
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