Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know that Neurofeedback will work?
People tend to respond well to Neurofeedback and experience some type of positive improvement. Doing a careful intake assessment and tracking changes in symptoms closely helps ensure the best results. It’s also beneficial to keep a journal as sometimes the changes are very subtle.
When can I expect to see results from Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a steady and incremental process. Positive changes might not be immediate, as it can take several sessions to begin noticing a difference. Generally, most people report observing changes after approximately 15-20 sessions. Every individual’s experience with Neurofeedback is unique and some people may notice changes earlier or later than this average.
Can You Keep Taking Medication While Doing Neurofeedback?
Starting Neurofeedback does not mean that you must stop taking your prescribed medications. Medication helps manage symptoms. Although it may slow progress, your brain can still learn. As you progress through training your brain will start to better regulate. When this happens your meds may start to cause uncomfortable side effects. Working closely with your prescriber plays a key role in your success with Neurofeedback. Your doctor can lower the dose of your prescribed medications.
Should I Reduce My Medicine Intake?
Neurofeedback increases the neural pathways in the brain. This can increase or change the neurotransmitters which affects medication potency. This is why a reduction in the dosage is often beneficial and required. Our clients find talking with their doctor about every 10 sessions is an effective way to find the dosage that works best.
Does it hurt?
Neurofeedback is painless, non-invasive and drugless. It’s similar to going to the gym, your brain may feel tired at times but it is pain-free!
Are there any adverse side effects?
Neurofeedback is a gentle learning process. Some people experience ups and downs in mood, but the side effects are usually a response to relaxation, similar to the aftermath of a good massage.
Is Neurofeedback suitable for everyone?
Neurofeedback is a safe, drugless procedure that can be beneficial for people of all ages, depending on the specific conditions and goals. It is best to consult with your health care provider to address your specific concerns. Our team is happy to collaborate.
Is qEEG-based Neurofeedback invasive?
No, qEEG-based Neurofeedback is non-invasive. It involves measuring electrical patterns at the scalp surface, which are then analyzed to guide feedback training.
Will it change my personality?
Neurofeedback helps your brain learn to better regulate. Many people report feeling more in tune with their authentic self.
Can you read my thoughts on the screen?
No, your thoughts cannot be read, but when your mind is busy, it can be observed on the screen.
How long is a session?
The first session is 10 minutes long, and builds incrementally by 5 minutes per session until you reach an average of 30 minutes. We recommend setting aside an hour.
How frequently do I need to do sessions?
You should strive to do at least 2-3 sessions a week. Consistency is key with Neurofeedback. Imagine learning a new instrument—if you only practiced once every few weeks, it would take much longer for you to be good at playing! Establishing a rhythm in your Neurofeedback sessions helps to cultivate continuity and enhances the overall effectiveness of the brain’s learning process.
With the ability to train in the home, it is perfectly safe and not unreasonable to do a session 1-2 times daily once you are given the go-ahead by your provider. However, the optimal frequency could differ based on individual needs. It is important to have a discussion with your provider about your personal circumstances, difficulties, and goals to find out what works best for you.
Should a family member stay with me during the session?
It depends on many factors and your coach will help with this decision.
How will watching movies or listening to music help improve focus?
The fading of video/audio overlay gives the brain the reward to produce healthier patterns, teaching the brain more normalized patterns for better regulation.
Can you make the screen stop fading?
The fading of the screen or audio is the feedback needed to let the brain know when it’s producing the healthier pattern we want to encourage.
What should I watch?
There are many options for feedback, basically anything that is online to be streamed including Hulu, Netflix, Ted Talks. It should be something that you are interested in but is not emotionally charged.
Will the effects last?
There are physical changes in the gray and white matter of the brain after 20 Neurofeedback sessions, creating new neural pathways that should sustain unless an unforeseen injury or exposure to toxins occurs.
Why don’t more doctors recommend or offer neurofeedback (NFB)?
Although Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in helping people with a range of symptoms—including poor focus, mood regulation, to depression and anxiety —its use remains limited by health care providers. Here are some of the reasons they may not recommend Neurofeedback:
Lack of Familiarity-Many health care providers may not be well-acquainted with neurofeedback as a therapeutic modality because it is not as widely recognized as traditional pharmacological treatments.
Limited Exposure in Training-Neurofeedback is not often included in the standard curriculum, resulting in a lack of knowledge and understanding among practitioners about this approach. Unfortunately, if they aren’t familiar with it, they’re less likely to recommend it.
Need for More Research-Despite numerous studies affirming the effectiveness of Neurofeedback, there is a need for more expansive, large-scale research to convince the broader health care community of its efficacy. Some practitioners want definitive research findings before embracing it fully.
It’s important to remember, however, that health care is constantly evolving and new therapeutic modalities become recognized and approved all the time. There is growing interest and recognition in the potential of Neurofeedback to provide a drug-free, non-invasive approach for a range of symptoms.
Is the data collected during sessions confidential?
Yes, all personal data, including session information, is kept strictly confidential.
Does Insurance cover Neurofeedback?
The short (and long) answer is it depends on your plan. Neurofeedback is considered biofeedback, which may or may not be covered by your insurer. If your plan includes biofeedback, it may be covered under the same policy as other forms of biofeedback like blood pressure monitors or heart rate monitors. If not, it’s important to find out whether your plan covers any other form of therapy that is similar to Neurofeedback.
If your plan doesn’t provide coverage for brain mapping or Neurofeedback, please don’t lose hope! There are alternative options available to you, such as Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA), which can often be used to cover Neurofeedback costs. Additionally, some practitioners offer financing services, similar to what you might find in the dental field, making sessions more accessible.
It’s essential to stay persistent in seeking support from your insurance company, even if they initially deny your claim. Filing a claim, despite coverage constraints, can contribute to a change in the industry’s landscape, as insurance providers become more aware of the demand for this type of service.
Who should I contact if I have a question you haven’t answered?
For more information about Neurofeedback go to www.symmetryneuropt.com