Neurofeedback can help people manage symptoms of a wide array of conditions. Many find neurofeedback helpful when nothing else has really worked. People generally feel the changes naturally, as if they had always felt the new way. For most, the effects will unfold over time. Some people will have obvious and tangible results immediately, while others have equally effective changes gained over a longer period. The effects of training build on each other, so some obvious relief may be felt after each session, but may not be readily discernible until looking back. Clients find that after training their brains to function more smoothly and effortlessly, they’ve been able to move past blocks that have tripped them up in the past.
Everyone is different and how quickly they responds is varied. Experience with the system indicates that some people find the results that they’re looking for after only a few sessions. Other people gain so much that they will continue for extended sessions. However, many people will find that the ideal range is 5 to 20 sessions to meet their goals.
Brain training can be like peeling back layers on an onion. The more layers of stress, etc. we have built up, the more sessions can be beneficial. Those experiencing mild anxiety or wanting to sharpen their game may feel like a handful of sessions are enough. Whereas those living with complex histories that include such things as trauma, mental health challenges, significant emotional/behavioral disorders, physical/neurological conditions, and the like will often feel that more sessions result in powerful and effective changes in their lives. Others who complete their series will occasionally come back for a refresher during times of increased stress or symptom’s worsening. Just as we are all unique, so too is the right number of training sessions for you.
One of the most unique and exciting things about neurofeedback is that the results remain after people have finished whichever course of sessions is right for them. Unlike medication where the effects only last as long as it’s in your system, neurofeedback brain training helps you create permanent change to last throughout your lifetime.
Be Mindful of…
Neurofeedback with Neuroptimal has no side effects, like a medication or medical intervention would. However, there are still things to be aware of.
Some people find that they are tired after sessions, particularly in the beginning. Since neurofeedback is brain training, your brain is getting a workout and might need extra rest – particularly after the first few sessions. Drink a lot of water and get rest if you need it. Ironically, others find increased energy after sessions. Some people get headaches after the first few sessions. Remember, even though you’re not aware of it during a session, your brain is working.
For persons who have gone through trauma, an additional consideration is that brain training can help you help yourself work through hard stuff. In that process, with some folks, things can feel a bit more challenging before they feel better. It’s like when you’re sitting crosslegged on the floor and your legs start to feel a bit numb. Then when you get up, your weird feelings as the blood starts flowing again. As your brain starts to relax after years of toxic stress, you may feel some discomfort at points along the way. Working with a therapist while doing neurofeedback may be a good idea for you. If this rougher spot should occur, we will work through it together.
Even as powerful as neurofeedback is as a training tool, it is important to keep results in perspective and never look at any one thing as a cure-all. Neurofeedback can be a very helpful stand-alone restorative, yet in combination with a holistic wellness routine, including your doctor’s advice, the results can be transformative.