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Unlike traditional neurofeedback, in which you actively regulate your brainwaves, Direct Neurofeedback is effortless. All you do is sit there, and your brain does the work. It’s quick too, with the first appointment taking less than 45minutes.
For a few seconds to a few minutes, a tiny and imperceptible electromagnetic signal (1/300th of that emitted by a cell phone) is delivered. This signal causes a slight fluctuation in your brainwaves, which allows your brain to reorganize and better regulate itself.
The majority of individuals report initial improvements in the first session. These initial improvements are temporary, lasting from a few hours to a few days. With further sessions the improvements are more enduring. On average 15-20 sessions are needed. Visits are usually not needed on an ongoing basis.
What Happens in a Typical Session?
The skin on the forehead is prepared so that there will be a good connection. Then a few sensors are placed the scalp. The client sits still for about 30 seconds at a time while her brainwaves are recorded and a very weak signal is sent back to the brain. Other than that there is nothing the client has to do. In a few minutes the client generally feels calm and relaxed. The session is over in less than half an hour.
How Effective Is Direct Neurofeedback?
The success rate is very impressive. Over 85% of clients benefit significantly, often dramatically. And the changes are enduring. Once enough sessions have been completed (typically 15-20), most people have completed their treatment. There is no need to receive Direct Neurofeedback on an ongoing basis.
How Weak Is the Signal Going Back to the Brain?
The strength of this signal is far less than a cell phone and cannot be felt. This signal is 1000 times weaker than simply holding a AA battery against your forehead.
Does Direct Neurofeedback Affect Only Negative Patterns?
Only frozen and stuck patterns are affected by Direct Neurofeedback. Healthy brainwave patterns are flexible and resilient. When there is a tiny fluctuation in their pattern they automatically spring back to that healthy state.
Is Direct Neurofeedback Safe?
Direct Neurofeedback is extremely safe. In over 100,000 clients treated with Direct Neurofeedback there has not been a single reported case of someone being worse off. Direct Neurofeedback has been used by practitioners for over 20 years. Direct Neurofeedback is not experimental, only relatively unknown.
What if I Am on Medication?
Medication does not diminish the effectiveness of Direct Neurofeeback. There is no need to stop or reduce your medication, which should only be done in conjunction with your healthcare provider.
Is Direct Neurofeedback Covered by Insurance?
Direct Neurofeedback is often reimbursed as a form of “biofeedback” using CPT code 90901. You should check with your carrier. We will provide you with a “super bill” which you can submit.
How Many Sessions before Noticing an Improvement?
Most people notice an initial change within 3 sessions, occasionally a little longer. The average number of sessions for most problems is 15 to 20. Once treatment has been completed, additional sessions are usually not necessary. Occasionally someone needs a “booster”.
Do You Work with Children?
Yes. A large part of our practice is devoted to children, adolescents, and teens.
What if I Live Far Away?
Clients sometimes come from out of town and stay for 1-2 weeks. They receive daily treatments and generally experience very rapid changes.