5 Neurofeedback Myths

Updated December 10, 2019


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 considered an alternative to medication, doctors aren’t taught the ins and outs of the practice at med school.

    In short, general practitioners 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. However, 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 happening inside the brain. For example, too much of a slow frequency wave in your brain might be part of the reason why you feel tired even after a good night’s rest. Neurofeedback can be helpful when establishing a diagnosis as well. While symptom checklists are standard diagnostic tools, they can leave room for ambiguity. 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 our neurofeedback program, you watch a movie that plays when your brain is functioning within the targeted 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. The information is then fed back to the client through the playing and pausing of the movie.

    Related: Mobile Neurofeedback Program

  1. Neurofeedback WILL 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. Also, always consult with your doctor before adjusting your medication.

  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 most major insurance providers. Other insurance providers considered out-of-network might offer reimbursement for our program. We also offer financial aid for those who qualify.

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