Is Neurofeedback covered by insurance?
Neurofeedback is self-regulation “Brain Training”. It is not a treatment, so insurance companies will not cover the fees under medical procedures. Upon payment, a receipt will be provided that may be submitted to the insurance company by the individual.
Why Haven’t I heard of Neurofeedback Before? Is it New?
Neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback has been used successfully in many situations for over 50 years. Research has shown significant efficacy for a number of conditions. Neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback has been used successfully in many situations for over 50 years. Research has shown significant efficacy for a number of conditions.
How do I prepare for my neurofeedback experience?
There is no special preparation necessary. You should ensure that you are rested and have provided your body with proper nutrients and water.
Brain training shares the same understanding. Brain training shares the same principle as a work out at the gym. To optimize your neurofeedback training it is important that you drink plenty of water, about ½ your body weight in ounces and eat healthy, balanced meals with protein and get the proper amount of sleep for your age. Then you can be more assured that you and your brain are invested in establishing meaningful change.
How many sessions will I need?
Neurofeedback training is much like muscle training. You may notice a difference even after one session, but it may not last. Results typically occur between the first and tenth session. In many cases, a minimum of 30-40 sessions is recommended for the change to become an established pattern. By challenging the brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, your brain can learn to function more efficiently.
How long is a neurofeedback session?
Session times will vary from 40 to 55 minutes. The length of time we train your brain my be pre-established or depend on your brain’s response and tolerance.
What can I expect at a neurofeedback session?
During a neurofeedback session, you will sit or recline comfortably in a chair with earbuds or earphone on. EEG sensors will be placed on both sides of your head and a set of ear clips on your ears. The sensors are connected to sensitive electronics and computer software that detect, amplify, and record specific brain activity. The software processes the signal and provides the proper feedback in an audio/visual form.
How will I feel after a session?
Some patients report feeling more relaxed and focused after a session, but others may not feel any differently at first.
Are the results of neurofeedback permanent?
Research over the past 50 years strongly suggests that the brain will continue to use its new capabilities. Heavy stress or a life-changing event like death or divorce may retrigger symptoms, but fewer neurofeedback sessions are needed to return the brain to efficiency.
How many times per week should I train?
Like any exercise program, to get better results consistency is important. Typically brain training is recommended 2-3 times per week.
How does neurofeedback differ from the other brain training programs available?
There are many ways to learn new mind related skills. Certain games may increase your response time or even memory. Neurofeedback is the only brain training that enables you to see your moment to moment brain pattern changes. By feeding this information back to the brain the brain has the opportunity to alter those brain patterns to get the desired feedback response. With a consistency of brain training, the brain can then retain the new, healthier brain patterns.
Are there any contraindications for neurofeedback?
There are no known contraindications.