What conditions/diagnoses are Neurofeedback helpful for?
Most people seek out neurofeedback because they are looking to treat a diagnosis, whether it be ADHD, anxiety, etc. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback can be beneficial for anyone. It is not a treatment for any condition but as the brain is trained for greater resilience and flexibility people report relief from symptoms and life improves.
Are there any contraindications?
There are no contraindications for NeurOptimal®. It is safe for everyone!
How long does a session take?
Each session takes about 33 minutes, with a few minutes on each end for hook up and removal of sensors. We tell users to allow 45 minutes end-to-end.
How many sessions does it take to feel a difference?
Each person is unique. Some people feel shifts right away, others might feel changes with multiple sessions. It is similar to a new workout program at the gym or a diet in that doing it for one day is not likely to make a big impact but if you do several the change starts to build. We recommend a package of sessions or a rental to experience the benefits of cumulative training sessions.
What sorts of differences will I start to feel?
Brain training can have a wide variety of benefits. Many clients report improvements in managing sleep, feeling more calm, focused, productive, increased emotional self-regulation, bouncing back from stressors with ease and more! Clients report that work and family life is smoother. The shifts can be subtle and seamless and some clients don’t even notice all of the changes that have taken place.
How long has this technology been around?
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960s, but originally it was only available to astronauts and Navy Seals to help them reach peak performance. Because of advances in technology, NeurOptimal® has made brain training accessible to the public for the past 17 years.
Are there any side effects?
Is brain training invasive?
No. Other than having sensors temporarily attached to your head and ears, NeurOptimal® is entirely non-invasive and 100% safe! During the sessions, the brain is receiving information about itself, similar to looking in a mirror.
Is brain training approved by the FDA?
NeurOptimal® has been designated as a General Wellness Product by the United States FDA.
Is it covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, it is not covered by insurance, because it is not a medical device but considered a general wellness product. Bay Area Brain Spa is dedicated to providing low-cost neurofeedback so that all brains can access the benefits of brain training.
Is Neurofeedback the same is Biofeedback?
Neurofeedback uses EEG to measure the electrical activity of the brain. It is a subset of biofeedback.
If I stop training will I lose the benefits?
NeurOptimal® brain training is a learned process for the brain. Similar to learning to read or ride a bike, it cannot be unlearned. Just like if you haven’t ridden a bike in a while you can get wobbly. Clients will experience a variety of positive changes during training and those changes hold over time. Some clients chose to come in for regular “tune-ups” when they experience higher times of stress or if old symptoms start to surface.