While medications only alleviate symptoms, neurofeedback treats different disorders at their core. When ADHD, depression, or anxiety is left unchecked, your brain’s vital areas become inactive or overactive. Neurofeedback is a form of operant conditioning that allows the brain to change its neural patterning through non-invasive brain exercises. We reward your brain for making new connections and for strengthening or enhancing existing connections.
Best of all, because the treatment focuses on overall brain health, neurofeedback isn’t limited to treating just one disorder. Together, we’ll pinpoint the origin of your symptoms within your brain and treat the problem in the same way you learn anything new: through discovery, repetition, and positive feedback.
During your first appointment, we will create a map of your brain, called a qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram). You’ll see which areas of your brain have too little or too much activity and are the cause of your symptoms.
Using this brain map, we can determine where symptoms may be originating and develop an appropriate customized neurofeedback treatment protocol tailored to your symptoms. The goal of this evaluation is to identify the best way to improve your symptoms and reconnect you to your life.
Just like physical exercises that strengthen muscles, you’ll exercise your brain. In each session, you’ll wear a simple cap with electrodes that monitor your brain and provide instantaneous information. While you are playing a game or interacting with visuals on a computer screen, your neurofeedback technician monitors this information and adjusts the treatment. The goal is to reward your brain when it makes sustained, positive connections. By reinforcing this cycle and increasing difficulty, the brain learns a healthy balance and, as a result, we can reinforce new patterns in your brain.
It had been one year since the accident, and I was willing to try anything to get my brain back. After a steady number of Neurofeedback sessions with Salience, my brain was not back to the baseline … It was far better.— P.S.
Neurofeedback can treat a wide range of disorders, including ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, dyslexia, and more. We also treat:
Unlike many medications, there are no known long-term side effects with neurofeedback. While uncommon, a mild side effect can sometimes occur during or after neurofeedback session. Occasionally, someone may feel tired, “spacey,” “wired,” anxious, or irritable; experience a headache or have difficulty falling asleep. Many of these feelings pass within a short time after the session.
Sessions are typically 40-50 minutes long and are an office-based procedure. Our highly trained neurofeedback technician will use an electrode cap to monitor your brainwaves. You will be using a computer screen to monitor your concentration and focus. The neurofeedback technician will use a nearby monitor to review the real-time data and adjust treatment to help you reach your goals.
Most patients who benefit from neurofeedback may experience some noticeable changes in as little as 15 sessions, while others may take longer. In cases with severe neurological dysfunctions, patients may require more neurofeedback sessions before experiencing a reduction in symptoms. Research suggests that if the patient remains in treatment for an appropriate length of time, lasting improvement can be anticipated in 75%-80% of cases.
Insurance does not currently cover neurofeedback training; however, our patient advocates are here to help you navigate the right pathway forward during treatment.