Neurofeedback is direct training typically provided by health professionals such as psychologists, family therapists, and counselors. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment and that information is brought back to the person by way of the sensors. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimal brain performance and function. Self-regulation training allows the nervous system to function better.
The LENS is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly that traditional Neurofeedback and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still. With the LENS, the client doesn’t need to “do” anything, and there is nothing to learn. The typical session with the LENS lasts 3-4 minutes. This means that the LENS works well for people who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for a longer time periods. Additionally, the LENS works much faster than traditional Neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to an overall average number of sessions of 20.
The LENS works well with problems of the Central Nervous System, which can be numerous. These include symptoms of anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy. These are all signs of Central Nervous System dysfunction which result in the body’s difficulty regulating itself.
How does the LENS work?
We apply sensors to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. Through a patented process, we then bring this information back to the client down the sensor wires to the person’s skin. The results are reduction and/or elimination of the symptoms which previously interfered with the client’s quality of life. The sessions are brief (usually 3-5 minutes), gentle (usually the client feels nothing during the session), and the changes are lasting with some exceptions: with symptoms of progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s and MS, the treatment needs to be ongoing to sustain the improvement.
What conditions does the LENS help with?
- Cognition – Problems sequencing, memory, providing and maintaining attention, concentration, clarity and organization.
- Mood – Anger, sadness, explosiveness.
- Motor – Lack of grace, problems of eye-hand coordination, balance, increased muscle tone (from spasticity) and tremor.
- Motivation – Problems initiating tasks, shifting from one activity to another, and/or completing tasks.
- Anxiety – Problems of anxiety system activity (too much uncomfortably-contained energy), persistent “anxiety”, restlessness, rumination, agitation, distractibility, difficulty breathing, palpitations, tremor exacerbation, and sleep interruption.
- Reactivity – Hyperreactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
- Pain – Brain-generated pain (mismapping the origins and qualitites of signals), and vascular pain.
- Addictions/Dependencies – Lack of clarity about emotions and self-comforting, defensiveness, argumentativeness and cynicism.
- Fatigue – Fatigue; or fatigue as a phenomenon secondary to the effort of trying to overcome the pain and/or the above impediment to functioning more easily.
- Performance Optimization – Increases in functioning in the above areas in absence of any diagnosis.
The LENS works well with symptoms of Central Nervous Symptom dysfunction. These include symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity, severely disruptive behavior disorders such as Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachement and Bipolar Disorder, Autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental delay, Cerebral palsy, concussive injuries, PTSD, Acquired Brain Injury, and Birth Trauma.
The LENS works extremely well with the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, no matter how long ago the incident occurred. The trauma can be from a physical blow, a concussive injury, a psychological incident (PTSD), or any other incident(s) which results in a decrease in cognitive ability.
Many children have sleep problems that can be helped such as bed wetting, sleep walking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, nightmares, and night terrors.
The LENS can also be helpful with many of the symptoms of adolescence including drug abuse, suicidal behavior, anxiety and depression.
The LENS can also help in maintaining good brain function as people age.
HPN – High Performance Neurofeedback®
HPN – High Performance Neurofeedback
(HPN) is a brainwave based biofeedback that has been shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI) also known as post-concussive syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD).
HPN sends a tiny, imperceptible signal to the brain that causes a slight fluctuation in brain waves. This fluctuation allows the brain to reorganize itself, to get out of frozen, stuck patterns. HPN stimulates the brain to reset itself for optimal functioning, just like re-booting a frozen computer. Patients find an enhanced quality of lifeâ€”one that is calmer and freer.
HPN – High Performance Neurofeedback Alleviates the Symptoms of:
Anxiety and PTSD
HPN diminishes the â€œfight or flightâ€ response. The nervous system is less reactive.
Depression: monopolar and bipolar
The under-aroused nervous system energizes, providing mood lifts, energy, and motivation return.
Impulse control, panic attacks, and rage
With a less reactive nervous system, â€œeruptionsâ€ happen far less frequently.
ADD and ADHD
With less distractibility and more concentration, organization improves and tasks are easier to complete.
Concussions, strokes and other traumas
Headaches diminish, concentration returns, hypersensitivity diminishes, the fog lifts.
Clinical trials are currently under way treating both former Marines and NFL players.
Anxiety and depression medications can often times cause addiction. HPN is effective for both and makes maintaining abstinence much easier.