Neurofeedback

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function by which our brain learns to be more efficient.

The brain is capable of making adjustments to improve its own performance if given cues about what to change. When the brain is regulating itself well and is alert and attentive, brainwaves (EEG) show particular patterns. We challenge the brain to maintain this “high-performance” alert and active state. Gradually, after 20 or more training sessions, the brain learns to stay at this high-performance state for longer periods of time and to retain these new skills.

We do this by observing the brain in action from moment to moment and showing that information back to the brain-almost like holding a mirror in front of you.

And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns and waves.

What is it for?

Various illnesses

While medication and behavioral interventions are always important neurofeedback can help with issues like headaches, attention deficit disorders, PMS  and sleep disturbances.

STRESS & ANXIETY

Anxiety is a common response to stress, and sufferers often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and fatigued. Neurofeedback can help guide your brain to change how it responds to stimuli that disturb our physical or mental equilibrium.

PEAK PERFORMANCE

Concentration, focus and emotional control are key to achieving optimal performance in all fields. Athletes and business executives are taking advantage of neurofeedback technologies to learn how to utilize the full potential of their minds to reach their peak.

Wear and tear on the brain’s ability to cope with stressful situations can cause resistance to change, inflexibility and impulsive reactions. When we feel that the world is changing around us or that our abilities have decreased over time, is there anything you can do? No matter at what level you begin, neurofeedback can help you optimize your function.

  • Why should I choose MCIM over other clinics?

    All neuro/biofeedback providers are not equivalent.

    At MCIM our doctor provides a diversity of education and experience that is unmatched. We offer the well proven and extremely efficient Ohmer neurofeedback method.

    In addition, we look at the whole person and use other forms of functional medicine training like nootropics, specific labs or stress reduction techniques.

  • How do I get started?

    Please call our office or send us a message on the website. A staff member will be happy to discuss with you and answer any questions you may have.

    First, we schedule an hour-long Initial Consult with the doctor. During this appointment your symptoms are reviewed, your questions are answered and If the decision is to begin neurofeedback training you can have your first session.

  • Does neurofeedback makes you smarter?

    For most conditions, there are no adverse side effects due to the training when conducted by a competent professional. If an occasional negative reaction to training does occur it tends to wear off quickly, or it can be trained away by the clinician, or both. Interestingly, our clients often note positive side effects. Someone undergoing training to treat migraines, for example, may report improved sleep, concentration, or mood. 

     

  • Does neurofeedback change personality?

    Neurofeedback training does not change underlying personality. It may be seen, however, that when some adverse behavior problems are remediated, the intrinsic innate personality will be more in evidence.

     

  • Are there any side effects associated with neurofeedback?

    For most conditions, there are no adverse side effects due to the training when conducted by a competent professional. If an occasional negative reaction to training does occur it tends to wear off quickly, or it can be trained away by the clinician, or both. Interestingly, our clients often note positive side effects. Someone undergoing training to treat migraines, for example, may report improved sleep, concentration, or mood. 

  • How long does the result last?

    In most instances, once the brain has learned how to perform at its optimum level it retains this functioning. Think about learning to ride a bicycle. There are a few instances when we have observed that several “booster” sessions might be needed for example if the patient’s main presenting problem is depression.

     

  • Can I use it with medications?

    Initially, neurofeedback works with the current medication dosages. As training progresses and brain function improves, some clients may begin to experience symptoms of overmedication. At this point the client is referred to their physician, who would oversee any medication changes.

     

  • Is neurofeedback covered by insurance?

    As of 2018, most health insurers do not cover neurofeedback training as treatment for most brain-related conditions, but we would be able to provide you with the appropriate codes or medical letters of necessity. We encourage you to check with your insurance about coverage or with your FSA or HSA plans as well. MCIM does offer payment options if needed.