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Advanced

 Neurofeedback

For Optimal Brain Function

In Fewer Sessions

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

About Advanced Neurofeedback

 

 

IS IT SAFE?

Yes, neurofeedback is completely non-intrusive and safe. In the same way that you strengthen and build muscles after exercise, neurofeedback strengthens neural-pathways with specifically tailored exercises. It is training for the brain; using a learning technique that’s safe and side-effect free.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Patients usually enjoy it and relax during sessions.

You recline comfortably in a chair while listening to music or watching a movie, which reacts to your brain movements. The brainwave sensors are 'read only' and simply listen to electrical impulses from your brain. When your brain uses healthy neural pathways, your brain gets rewarded with the full sound of the music or the movie; otherwise they fade away when you are using your old unhealthy neural pathways.

While you are training, we will monitor your progress and fine tune your protocols to assure best results.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?

Advanced Neurofeedback is highly effective in the vast majority of patients, and provides measureable results. 

While it’s not a magic bullet, almost everyone responds to training, and the results are long lasting when doing enough training. Our clients are usually complicated cases. However they report significant improvement towards their goals 75% of the time. 85% report a better quality of life. The rates are even much higher when patients are compliant with their recommended individualized protocol.

Like any therapy it works best with people who are motivated and want to improve. When the therapy does not work as planned, it is always related to either metabolic and/or psycho-social issues that are inhibiting the training. For example, a child or a vulnerable adult living in a physically or psychologically toxic environment will have difficulty sustaining gains, unless we address these underlying causes.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

Everyone can benefit from brain training. Self-improvement is a lifelong continuum. How much is enough is up to you.

Typically the more severe or habitually entrenched your condition is, the more sessions are required. It depends on your age and what features we find on your brain map. We find that patients who don’t address the underlying metabolic or physiological causes take longer to see changes. For example hormonal issues can cause anxiety and depression. Toxicity can cause brain fog, contributing to learning issues or even ADHD.

Since the process involves learning and every person is unique, the type, order and pace of change are also unique to the individual. You can expect the gains to be cumulative over the course of your sessions.  For a mind 'tune up', or if you would just like to give neurofeedback a try to see if it is right for you, we suggest 12 sessions. For a good degree of symptom resolution, we recommend a package of 20 sessions.

For ADHD, we usually recommend a minimum of 30 sessions. For Autistic spectrum and severe autoimmune disorders, we usually recommend 40 sessions and then reevaluate. For anxiety and depression, we usually recommend a minimum of 40 sessions. Again, patients who don’t address their underlying nutritional and metabolic issues will need more sessions.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE CHANGES?

As with learning any new skill, the effects are cumulative.  Most people experience improvements after the first few sessions; however they will likely only last a day or two. After more training and further reinforcement, the changes will last longer. 

As the brain improves, old habits naturally shift into healthier ones. Like building muscle, strengthening new neural-pathways requires some practice. 

Most clients notice their first changes within the first eight to ten sessions, however a minimum of twenty sessions are recommended to ensure that the changes hold. For more severe conditions, it can take longer.

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?

Because the brain is doing the balancing itself, changes in people’s lives usually take place quite seamlessly.

Occasionally clients report an increase of old familiar emotions or past symptoms before the difficulty passes away and the issue fades out for good. This is called “retracing”. The brain is a non-linear dynamic network of compensatory networks. Training the brain is like a Rubik-cube. Sometimes you go backwards to be able to go forward.

People often report a feeling of mental fatigue after a session, as when learning any new skill. You can also expect vivid dreams as part of the process of becoming healthier.

WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD OF THIS?

Since its earliest beginnings, mainstream medicine has regarded self-regulation as dubious; hence most psychologists and physicians have little or no knowledge of neurofeedback research or its clinical applications. 

 

Scientific understanding of how the brain works has been changing rapidly.  Just a decade ago, brainwave patterns were believed to be unimportant and the brain fixed and unchangeable. Neurofeedback was deemed 'scientifically impossible', thus subject to immediate dismissal. 

 

These days, medical science has realized that those long held beliefs about the brain were simply myths. Neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to learn and change through life) is now the focus of scientific inquiry rather than ridicule. The brain sciences have advanced so quickly that medical establishments have yet to integrate approaches based on this new view. 

 

Neurofeedback employs a sophisticated, evidence-based approach with quantifiable results (see research). Unfortunately, old biases die hard and mainstream acceptance of neurofeedback is slow. 

 

Change is coming from a fundamental shift in philosophy, and by consumer demand for simple, safe, common-sense solutions. 

 

 

DOES MY INSURANCE COVER IT?

As discussed above, mainstream acceptance of neurofeedback is slow. This is also the case with insurance companies. Neurofeedback coverage by HMOs and Medicare is virtually non-existent. However PPOs may cover some or all of the procedures.

 

You can call your insurance to verify your benefits by giving them the following information:

·         Patient name and first name

·         Your group number and ID

·         Diagnosis code e.g. F90.9 for ADHD, F41.1 for GAD, F33.0 for depression, etc. (when not available, use the name of the condition you seek help for)

·         Ask whether your plan covers the CPT codes for the following EEG biofeedback procedures:

o    95816 (EEG Recording; eyes closed and eyes open)

o    95957 (Digital analysis of EEG)

o    90901 (EEG biofeedback)

·         Ask for the maximum allowed amounts per CPT code

·         Ask whether there is a limit to the amount of visits

·         Ask whether there are any other limitations on the coverage for this diagnosis and the above procedures

·         Ask whether there is a deductable that needs to satisfied, and how much has been satisfied today

·         Ask for the name of the individual you are talking to

·         Ask for the reference number of your call

We encourage you to always submit your statements to your insurance company, even when you were told that there is no coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: A qEEG brain map is not intended for clinical diagnosis, but for the purpose of clinical practice of qEEG neurofeedback. A nutritional evaluation is not a substitute for an official clinical diagnosis, rather it is intended for the development of nutritional protocols.

 

 

 

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