Why NeurOptimal®?

 

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NeurOptimal® is a highly successful form of neurofeedback because it is designed to work best with your individual brain. It’s not intent ended to “fix” specific conditions, which is the case with other neurofeedback systems where the trainer decides the outcome. At times, one problem is resolved only for others to arise. 

The core of the NeurOptimal® system is a sophisticated technology based in neuroscience. It’s specifically designed with the dynamic nature of the human brain.  Read more about Dynamical Neurofeedback® here.

NeurOptimal® is extremely safe. Neuroptimal works by providing information to your brain for it to “self correct,” rather than pushing. Clients often experience no side effects of any kind and simply adapt to the new calmer, more centered, and focused state effortlessly.   

NeurOptimal® requires no effort on the user’s part. Other neurofeedback systems need the user to “work at it” by solving puzzles or playing games to train. This level of interaction is not necessary with   Neuroptimal. While training, you can relax and enjoy music or watch a movie. 


 
 

Using NeurOptimal® is like having a “defrag” of your hard drive, it’s suddenly easier to get out of your own way and access your “A game”. Roadblocks can fall away and life can just seem easier, more in flow.

In Depth – 

Dynamical Neurofeedback® is a technology developed by Zengar Institute and used in its NeurOptimal® neurofeedback training systems.*

Instead of providing specific “direction”, Dynamical Neurofeedback® is designed to take
advantage of the brain’s natural learning processes by encouraging it to function at its best. NeurOptimal®’s neurofeedback coaches simply promote and
facilitate the brain’s natural tendency toward self-regulation, resilience and flexibility.
(wikipedia link)

The Dynamical Neurofeedback® technology is unique to the NeurOptimal® Trainer
interface and is based on the following observations regarding brain physiology:

Brain Dynamics – The brain is a non-linear, dynamical system that perceives
information and adjusts to incoming stimuli in a dynamic of ceaseless, perpetual
processes. (research link)

Process Variability – The brain does not demonstrate absolute values for the
amount of brain waves required for specific cognitive functions.
(research link)

Functional Targeting – While there are some physiological functions that are
largely localized to a pinpoint site within the brain, the larger reality is that the
brain is a vastly interconnected network of multiple, distributed functions and
locations. It operates much like the entire Worldwide Web does. This means,
among other things, that there is a dynamic range of variability within different
regions of the brain that determines the optimal psychological balance for each
individual. This range also varies dynamically moment to moment depending on
the processes that are active in at the time.
(research link)

These principles guide the design of NeurOptimal®’s training systems and ultimately
account for the Dynamical Neurofeedback®’s effectiveness in addressing a broad range
of concerns, across the wide range of settings in which it has been used.

Brain Dynamics – The brain is a dynamical organ geared towards general, but not
absolute self-regulation. No one needs to teach a young child the “best” way to walk.
Through experimentation, the brain discovers and develops an internal balance and
natural gait unique to that individual. The twin processes of adaptation and
accomodation work as a dynamic pair to establish the individually unique and optimal
way for each individual to work, given their overall physical status, including any
limitations or constraints.

This happens because the brain is continually processing and assessing feedback from
the muscles and other aspects of the musculo-skeletal system about their relative
position and stability in space. In this way it explores, extends and consolidates the
intrinsic resilience and flexibility required to walk adaptively regardless of the surface
and how soft, bumpy, stable or slippery, etc it might be. Repeating this process
throughout each step enables the brain to learn how to walk — all without any “expert”
explaining which movements of which muscles are necessary.
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Similarly, Dynamical Neurofeedback® allows the brain to assemble its own response and
coping strategies based on incoming information. As a result, the NeurOptimal® system
is intrinsically non-invasive and non-corrective.

Process Variability – In addition to infinitely cycling and self-regulating, the brain does
not possess absolute values for how much of any particular brain wave is inherently
“best” for certain activities. Any such “average” significantly varies from person to
person and moment to moment throughout the day. This amount depends on many
factors: the task in which the person is engaged; time of day, blood sugar levels; recent
amount of rest and sleep, overall health, etc.. (research link)

Given these multiple variables, Dynamical Neurofeedback® does not attempt to restore
brain waves to some presumed “average” or “best” level. Instead. NeurOptimal® simply
provides the central nervous system with information about what it has already done
and allows the brain itself sort out the value of that information. Harnessing the brain’s
intrinsic intelligence to regulate the amount of brain waves necessary in any specific
moment for that individual is infinitely more effective than turning the task over to even
the most powerful computer processor. (research link)

Functional Targeting – Given that dynamical, non-linear nature of the brain’s
physiological functions, designing a neurofeedback system to target specific conditions
or complaints would be akin to chasing sand grains in a desert storm. Dropping a pin in
one point in time to address one function or another will ultimately miss the mark
because the brain has already “moved on”. (research link) Instead, Dynamical Neorofeedback® is designed to monitor the brain’s electrical activity
and – through audible feedback interruptions – notify the brain when it is about to
reach the edge of its stability in some region of function. There is nothing intrinsically
problematic in reaching the edge of stability. It is precisely what happens when
someone goes to sleep. The transition from wakeful consciousness to sleep occurs
through a turbulent transition that is marked by the sudden onset of stability:
wakefulness collapses as sleepiness emerges and then transitions rapidly into light
sleep. (research link)

Though essential at least once every 24 hours, this natural transition into sleep would be
problematic if it occurred while driving in rush hour. The NeurOptimal® system provides a signal, or feedback, to alert the brain that such a transition between states is about to occur. This notification prompts the brain to determine if the transition is desirable or problematic given the current conditions. Dynamical Neurofeedback®, then, allows the brain to reconnect with its own internal resources to determine what is appropriate in various situations and how best to cope with this information. It is the NeurOptimal® system’s permeability with the brain’s natural processes that allows Dynamical Neurofeedback® to produce such positive effects for so many people regardless of what particular concerns prompted the neurofeedback training. Instead of “chasing problems”, the NeurOptimal® system simply prompts the brain to source its own internal, information-rich way of approaching the world across all situations. This non-invasive prompting encourages the brain to return to far more efficient and effective operation regardless of internal and external challenges and demands. As a result, symptoms and problems simply drop away, seamlessly for most people.

*From the Neuroptimal.com website

Thanks to – https://www.chagrinbraintraining.com/top-benefits-why-neuroptimal for their excellent explanations.