What happens during a neurofeedback training session?

A certified NeurOptimal® trainer will have you fill out a survey listing the complaints and/or challenges that have brought you into our office.  


You will next be placed in a quiet space and in a comfortable position.  The trainer will attach special sensors to your head that will feed your brain wave patterns into the NeurOptimal® program’s software.  


A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable and typically lasts about 35-45 minutes. As the session starts, you will hear music play though headphones. You will hear occasional “skips” or interruptions in the music – this is the signal that prompts your brain to “reset” and optimize itself. 


At the end of a session, you will most likely feel less stressed and more mentally clear. It is unlikely you will experience any negative after-effects as NeurOptimal® does not artificially “push” the brain in any specific direction. Many users experience deeper sleep and vivid dreams after their very first session.  

How is NeurOptimal® different from other systems?

There are a few key factors that distinguish NeurOptimal® from other neurofeedback systems:  


1. NeurOptimal® is effective because it is designed to work best with your individual brain. It does not attempt to “fix” predetermined conditions or pin down specific problems. This was a limitation in many earlier neurofeedback systems. Often, resolving one problem in one area could cause problems elsewhere. The heart of the NeurOptimal® system -Dynamical Neurofeedback®- is a proprietary technology based in neuroscience and specifically designed with the naturally non-linear function of the human brain in mind. NeurOptimal® is built to harness the incredibly dynamic nature of your brain in a way other systems simply cannot match. As a result, this neurofeedback system can be used effectively to address a wide array of complaints without specifically “targeting” them from the outset of the training.  


2. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is extremely safe. Research shows your own brain “knows best” and therefore the NeurOptimal® brain training system does not force or “push” the brain in any one direction. Basically, Dynamical Neurofeedback® provides your brain with the information it needs to correct itself and function at its most optimal. NeurOptimal® simply enables your own brain’s natural process of self-correction.  


3. NeurOptimal® requires no effort on the user’s part. Some brain training systems require the user to “interact” by playing games or solve puzzles during sessions. This additional level of interaction is unnecessary with the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback system. During a training session, you can simply relax and enjoy!  

How does it know what to "fix" or focus on?

The reason that NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is so effective for such a wide range of issues is that it is always doing the same thing for each person.  NeurOptimal® does not "direct" the brain on what to fix. It simply detects inefficient communication from the brain and the central nervous system and shows the brain what had just happened.  Once the brain is able to see this message, it now has the information it needs to make whatever he adjustments are needed to work more efficiently.

Most of us have several areas that can improve, but we cannot pick and choose which ones the brain will want to work on first.  The brain will choose what it thinks is the most important and will start there.  For example, if a person is feeling a lot anxiety and is experiencing insomnia, this person may feel as though the insomnia is the cause of the anxiety and so they put all their attention on it.  However, your brain may deem that the anxiety as the top priority to deal with and so it may start with "fixing" this issue first during the neurofeedback sessions. It will get to the insomnia, but after it has improved what it feels is the most critical first.