5 Neurofeedback Myths

July 10, 2018

Neurofeedback is a field full of misconceptions; it seems everywhere you turn there are contradicting articles about what’s really true about neurofeedback. In order to help you break through the static, we put together a list of a few misconceptions and reasons why they’re not quite right.

  1. My doctor didn’t recommend neurofeedback, so it must not be reputable.
    Your doctor might not have mentioned neurofeedback as an option for you simply because they’re not trained on the topic. Since neurofeedback is an alternative approach to conditions, compared to medication, doctors aren’t taught the ins and outs of the practice.

    In short, general practitioners just might not be qualified to distribute detailed information about neurofeedback to their patients. The best way to learn about neurofeedback is to do your own research. Call reputable neurofeedback providers and ask questions, read peer-reviewed studies and decide for yourself if you think neurofeedback might be the right option for you.

  1. Neurofeedback is a pseudo-science that isn’t scientifically based.
    Neurofeedback has been around since the 60s and has been the topic of countless studies, but it didn’t begin to pick up significant steam until the 90s when we saw a boom in technology. So, some people still consider neurofeedback a “new” practice. In actuality, the basis of neurofeedback is very scientific; it uses cutting-edge technology to identify frequency imbalances in the brain.

    Those imbalances have been linked to different symptoms and help identify what’s actually happening inside your brain. For example, too much of a slow frequency wave in your brain might be the reason why you feel tired even after a good night’s rest. Neurofeedback could even be considered a more accurate way of diagnosis than a symptom checklist due to the ambiguous nature of qualifiers on those lists – sometimes anxiety and ADHD are confused because of similar checklist symptoms, but they actually manifest differently when we look at the brain.

  1. Neurofeedback is invasive or uses shock therapy.
    Neurofeedback is noninvasive and is very different from shock therapy. With neurofeedback, you watch a movie that plays when your brain is functioning within the therapeutic range. When your brain frequencies go out of range, the movie pauses, which tells you that something is out of balance.

    There is no input stimulation involved in Neurofeedback. The sensors placed on the head during a session record the brain’s electrical activity and the information is fed back to the client through the playing and pausing of the movie.

  1. Neurofeedback is guaranteed to get me off of my medication.
    While it’s definitely possible for some people to eliminate their use of medication because of neurofeedback, there’s no guarantee. Everyone is unique and so is their experience with neurofeedback. Some people feel effects after a few sessions, others take longer; some people get off their medication, some people reduce their dosage, and some people decide to keep the medication regimen that they started with.

    It’s important to remember that no two people will have the exact same experience with neurofeedback, so try to keep an open mind.

  1. The cost of neurofeedback is unaffordable
    Neurofeedback is covered by some insurance carriers, so you might be in luck. Neurocore, specifically, is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, and Magellan, just to name a few. Other insurance providers considered out-of-network might offer reimbursement for our program. We also have a scholarship program that can cover 20%, 40%, or 60% of Neurocore costs.

If you’d like to learn more about Neurocore’s neurofeedback program, give us a call at 800.600.4096.