Frequently Asked Questions
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that optimizes your brain and nervous system. It is a non-invasive, safe, medication-free training tool that that encourages the brain to develop healthier patterns of activity to improve how you think, feel, and function.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback captures, monitors, and measures brain activity in real-time using EEG sensors. When the neurofeedback system detects changes or shifts in the brain's activity, the system provides instant feedback to the brain. With this information, the brain becomes aware of sub-optimal or inefficient activity, and naturally responds by self-correcting and restoring balance, function, and rhythm.
Why does Neurise Brain Training use NeurOptimal®?
NeurOptimal® is the safest and most advanced form of neurofeedback. It is the only neurofeedback system that has been approved by the FDA as a General Wellness Product. Its proprietary, holistic approach trains the whole brain to become more balanced, flexible, resilient, and efficient with long-lasting results.
Is it safe?
Yes! NeurOptimal® neurofeedback brain training is safe for anyone at any age to use! It is non-invasive; nothing is going into your brain or body, and nothing is being forced, augmented, or inhibited. The sensors simply relay brain activity to the system to be analyzed in real-time, to provide feedback to the brain on its performance. From there, the brain uses that information to optimize its functioning.
Is it effective?
Yes! In over 4 million hours of training since 1999, trainers around the world have shown NeurOptimal® to be effective for a broad range of people with a broad range of goals. View an independent survey of users and outcomes here. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed neurofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support” training for children with ADHD. See more study outcomes here.
When will I notice changes?
Every brain benefits from neurofeedback, but at different rates. Some people report feeling a positive shift in 1-2 sessions, but most people experience noticeable benefits between 5-10 sessions. For long-lasting change, 10-20 sessions is recommended. For more complex conditions, 20+ sessions may provide the most benefit.
How long should I train?
You are the guide to your neurofeedback training plan, and you can choose a quantity and frequency of sessions appropriate for you. Just like learning anything new, it is ideal to train consistently and until you are satisfied with the benefits. Most people find that scheduling sessions 1-3 times each week for 1-2 months is ideal.
How long do the benefits last?
Neurofeedback benefits are long-lasting through the power of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of neural networks in the brain to rewire and change through growth and reorganization. Neurofeedback is a cumulative and progressive process; your brain is learning to break down old, undesirable pathways while creating new, desirable pathways. During each session, the brain reinforces this new skill, and once learned, the brain remembers. Should a life event occur that causes the brain to get off balance again, you are always welcome back for tune-up sessions.
Are there side-effects?
The vast majority of people report experiencing only benefits, with little to no side effects, during neurofeedback brain training. Rare, mild side effects may include feeling tired after a session, a light headache, or feeling overly relaxed. In very rare occasions there can be a temporary slight increase of prior symptoms, though those symptoms diminish as training continues. This is a good sign that the brain is breaking down unhealthy patterns and paving new, healthy patterns. As the brain moves into a more balanced state, it may uproot unresolved emotions or trauma as part of the healing process. If this happens, it can be helpful to incorporate counseling therapy alongside your neurofeedback training.
Can it have an effect on my current medications?
Brain training helps the brain become more flexible, resilient, and efficient - equipping the brain to better respond to stress. As this happens, the need for medication may decrease. Please discuss and monitor with your doctor any potential changes in medication needs.
How much does it cost?
We strive to offer neurofeedback package options to accommodate everyone's needs. Please see our sessions package options here.
Do you accept insurance?
While NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is recognized by the FDA as a general wellness product, it is not a medical treatment, and therefore not covered by insurance.
I love NeurOptimal® and want to use it for my entire family. Is there a more affordable option?
Neurise Brain Balance strives to provide the most advanced form of neurofeedback at the most affordable price because we believe that everyone should experience the often life-changing benefits it provides! The most affordable (and convenient) neurofeedback option is to rent a system for a weekend or a month! For the price of 1 person renting, an entire family can experience the benefits at no additional cost!