Neurocore’s Frequently Asked Questions

February 7, 2018

FAQs about Neurofeedback

Chances are, you’ve hopped around the Neurocore website and have gotten an idea about what it is we do…it’s also likely that you have a few more questions.

We laid out a few of our FAQs to in an effort to clear up any questions you may have.

 

Q: What is neurofeedback?

A: Neurofeedback is a reward-based training system for your brain. The brain needs healthy fast- and slow-moving brainwave activity to function at its best. Neurofeedback uses technology to change the electrical activity of your brain.

We do this by placing EEG sensors on your scalp and then have you watch a movie of your choice. Meanwhile, the EEG sensors monitor your brainwave activity in real-time and “talk” to the DVD player, telling it when to play. The movie plays when your brainwave activity is moving toward a healthier range of functioning that was established just for you.

When your brainwaves are not firing within the target range identified for you for that session –and  your brain begins to operate too fast or too slow, or if regions are not communicating efficiently – the movie you are watching will pause. This disruption of the movie is the brain’s cue that it has deviated from transitioning to a more optimal state.

Because the brain craves balance and rhythm, it’s motivated to figure out how to keep the movie playing. Within milliseconds, the brain corrects itself and the movie resumes. This feedback loop happens thousands of times during your session. During the entire course

of the program, your brain learns a more balanced, efficient way to function.

Think about how you respond to most things in life. If you’re rewarded for a job well done, you will want to continue to work hard. If you are not rewarded for your hard work, you will likely stop working so hard. The same rules apply to your brainwaves. We can reward the good activity and not reinforce the bad, eventually creating new patterns and healthier habits in your brain.

Q: Are you going to shock the brain? Are there any waves or signals being put into the brain?

A: No, we do not shock the brain – the EEG sensors on the head are only taking a reading of the

electrical patterns that already exist within the brain. Our program is completely non-invasive.

Q: How long does it take? What is the time commitment?

A: The initial assessment is a one-time appointment that takes roughly 2 hours. The follow up program includes 30 brain-training sessions (plus 2 retests and a post-training assessment). The 30 brain-training sessions last 45 minutes to an hour each, and are completed 2 or 3 times per week. We do offer evening hours at all of our centers, and Saturday hours at most of our centers. It typically takes our clients 3 or 4 months to go through the full program.

Q: How long has this been around?

A: Neurocore started in 2004, but neurofeedback has been around since the 1970’s. In the last decade or so, technology has accelerated and has made neurofeedback more accessible. Because there is now an increased interest in holistic or natural options, neurofeedback is a great option as it is a drug-free approach.

Q: How successful is neurofeedback?

A: ADHD*

  • 85% of clients who come to us with a clinical status experience a clinically important reduction of ADHD Symptoms1
  • 53% no longer meet symptomatic thresholds for ADHD2

Anxiety*

  • 88% of clients who come to us with a clinical status experience a clinically important reduction of Anxiety Symptoms 1
  • 53% no longer meet symptomatic thresholds for Anxiety2

Depression*

  • 84% of clients who come to us with a clinical status experience a clinically important reduction of Depressive Symptoms1
  • 51% no longer meet symptomatic thresholds for Depression2

Feel free to visit this page to view testimonials from past clients.

Q: When will I start to see changes in myself/my child?

A: Changes in the brainwave patterns occur around 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through the program. It takes a bit of time for the brain to learn what we’re doing. The greatest changes occur in the last third of the program (sessions 20-30).

Most individuals begin to notice positive changes around session 15-20 and sometimes longer depending on the severity of symptoms and dysregulation in the brain. Teaching the brain to function more optimally is just like learning any other skill – it takes time to build the skill and become stronger.

With biofeedback (in the form of deep breathing practice/HRV training), relief is experienced immediately for some! Within a few minutes of Heart Rate Variability training, we see the heart rate relax; and after about 20 minutes, naturally calming chemicals are released into the body – just with the power of some deep breathing exercises!

Q: Are there any side effects from Neurofeedback training?

A: Due to the fact that Neurofeedback is non-invasive (nothing being sent into your brain) the reported side effects are very minimal. You can view this as exercise for your brain so sometimes people report being tired after a session. Some individuals have also reported a slight headache after a session. This is usually due to eye strain after staring at a screen for 40 minutes.

If your question wasn’t answered here, give us a call at 800.600.4096 – we’d be happy to talk more in-depth with you about what we do and how we might be of help.

*Of those presenting with a “Clinical” ADHD status (T-score ≥ 70) on the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale.
1Magnitude of improvement on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale by at least the minimal clinically important difference (MCID), defined by ASEBA; in this case the MCID is at least 3 points.
2Reduction of T-score to < 65 on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale, placing them within "Normal" status. **Above outcomes based on an analysis of results reported by 296 clients who completed Neurocore’s 30-session program.  Individual results may vary.  The percentages cited above are not claimed to represent typical results, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results.
*Of those presenting with a “Clinical” Anxiety status (T-score ≥ 70) on the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) DSM-Oriented Anxiety Problems Scale.
1Magnitude of improvement on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented Anxiety Problems Scale by at least the minimal clinically important difference (MCID), defined by ASEBA; in this case the MCID is at least 3 points.
2Reduction of T-score to < 65 on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented Anxiety Problems Scale, placing them within "Normal" status. **Above outcomes based on an analysis of results reported by 251 clients who completed Neurocore’s 30-session program. Individual results may vary. The percentages cited above are not claimed to represent typical results, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results.
*Of those presenting with a “Clinical” Depression status (T-score ≥ 70) on the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) DSM-Oriented Depressive Problems Scale.
1Magnitude of improvement on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented Depressive Problems Scale by at least the minimal clinically important difference (MCID), defined by ASEBA; in this case the MCID is at least 3 points.
2Reduction of T-score to < 65 on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented Depressive Problems Scale, placing them within "Normal" status. **Above outcomes based on an analysis of results reported by 292 clients who completed Neurocore’s 30-session program. Individual results may vary. The percentages cited above are not claimed to represent typical results, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results.