Commonly asked questions re Neurotherapy
1. For what type of problems is Neurotherapy helpful?
- ADD ADHD, anxiety, Asperger’s, autism, depression, closed head injury, impulsivity, insomnia and stress.
2. What are the advantages of Neurotherapy compared to drug therapy?
- Medication often has harmful side effect, such as decreased appetite, insomnia or lethargy. Neurotherapy is a non invasive treatment and there are no significant side effects. Neurotherapy can potentially resolve issues permanently. Clients can improve significantly without having to rely on medications.
3. Are there any side effects from Neurotherapy?
- No long-term effects have been reported from Neurotherapy. It is rare but occasionally a person can have short-term effects such as tiredness or headache caused by neurotherapy. Normally this side effect does not last more than a few hours.
4. How does Neurotherapy work?
- Neurotherapy involves the retraining of brain waves to improve functioning. A person receives feedback of their own brain waves. Through this process a person is able to regulate brain activity.
5. What is an EEG?
- EEG is the abbreviation for the electroencephalogram. It is a recording of electrical activity of the brain.
6. What is a QEEG?
- Quantitative electroencephalogram (brain map). QEEG is derived from the analysis of EEG as measured over approximately 26 sites over the scalp. Data is collected and then compared with the National Data Base. QEEG provides a way of assessing how an individuals’ patterns of EEG varies from the normal population.
7. How many Neurotherapy sessions are required?
- This can vary. This is different for everyone. Typically it will be from minimum of approximately 10 sessions up to approximately 40 sessions.
8. How frequently should Neurotherapy training sessions be done?
- Twice a week is typical and people may wish to do more each week. Doing one session a week is minimum.
9. How long is a session?
- Total session time is usually 45 minutes.
10. Is training successful for both children and adults?
- Yes, we have had successful outcomes with clients ranging from the age of 7 years to 70 years.
11. Are there differences between Neurofeedback and Biofeedback?
- Neurofeedback is sometimes called EEG Biofeedback. Biofeedback refers to a process whereby a person receives feedback about themselves. This information can then help a person to bring about positive change. For example, by receiving feedback about body temperature. They can learn to increase body temperature by approximately 1 degree centigrade. In turn, this helps a person to receive feedback about their ability to relax. Biofeedback training also includes training to change heart rate and muscle tension. In general, Biofeedback provides information to a person which allows for positive change. In the case of Neurofeedback we provide feedback about a person’s EEG, which provides a way in which a person can change EEG to bring it to improve functioning.
12. How long does the effect of training last?
- Research indicates that training effects long term and almost certainly permanent.
13. Can Neurofeedback be used while a client is also on medication?
- A person can undertake training while on medication. Commonly a client will decrease or eliminate the medication with successful training.