Is Neurofeedback Safe?
Yes. Neurofeedback is an operant conditioning procedure, meaning the brain is taught how to normalize through the delivery of rewards (positive reinforcement). If a person administering neurofeedback is not credentialed or skilled, and has not taken the proper assessment, such as a brain map and clinical interview, it is possible that a patient may feel overly tired or wired after a session. According to neurofeedback expert Dr. Frank Duffy, neurologist at Children’s Hospital Boston, there are no known or documented significant side effects from neurofeedback. However, it is imperative a client research the competency of their clinician by ensuring they have the minimal credentials in the field of neurotherapy.
How many sessions of neurofeedback are necessary?
People typically report they begin to experience improvements between sessions 1 and 5. The number of sessions needed varies from person to person. For some, as few as 10 to 15 sessions are needed. On average, between 20 and 40 sessions are needed in order for a long-lasting outcome to be achieved. The required number of treatments is contingent on factors such as severity and nature of the symptoms, genetics, diet, hydration, and sleep. Additionally, better outcomes are usually achieved when sessions are grouped together at the beginning of one’s regimen. Since neurofeedback is a learning process, it is recommended an individual undergo 2 to 3 sessions per week to start. A titration down to once or twice per week is then warranted.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Given that the training was frequently enough for a sufficiently long duration, the results are virtually permanent. Clinical research data pertaining to three-year and 10-year follow-up demonstrate the lasting effects of neurofeedback. It should be noted that the brain changes/ adapts to our environment, allowing us to perform and feel the best way possible in that environment. Given that our environment remains relatively stable, predictable, and pleasant, the changes achieved through neurofeedback will remain. Some clients desire to return for an occasional “tune-up” session, but this is usually not necessary.
Is there research to support Neurofeedback?
Yes. Neurofeedback training has been around since the 1970s. Most of the empirical research on the efficacy of neurofeedback pertains to ADHD and anxiety. New studies are continually being conducted and published pertaining to an array of clinical conditions. A frequently updated bibliography is maintained by the International Society for Neurofeedback Research. www.isnr.org/isnr-comprehensive-bibliography
One difficulty with neurofeedback research is nearly all pathologies have different profiles. There is no “one size fits all” treatment approach. It requires a trained clinician to determine the appropriate treatment for each individual.
Will neurofeedback work if I am taking medications?
Yes. Many of our clients initiate therapy while continuing to take their prescribed medication regimen. As the brain changes through the course of neurotherapy, it is routine for clients to titrate down on their prescribed medication dosages, under the supervision of their prescribing medical professional, as the brain requires less medication in order to function optimally.
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