NeurOptimal (NO)

NeurOptimal (NO):

is a neurofeedback program that essentially trains the brain to maintain a balanced state so it can function optimally for peak physical and cognitive performance. Patients see significant improvement

  • sleep quality
  • anxiety
  • ability to focus
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • academic performance
  • athletic performance
  • residual symptoms of head injury
  • “chemo brain”

Much like going to the gym and exercising your body, the long-term benefits of NO are noticeable after consistent training sessions. Each session in and of itself, however, is relaxing and soothing.

Really, anyone seeking balance in their mental state and willing to give it a try!

  • Children
  • Busy moms
  • Busy professionals
  • Athletes
  • TBI patients
  • Chemotherapy patients

Bulletproof Executives have endorsed NeurOptimal Brain Training! See the article and listen in on their great podcast with NeurOptimal founder, Dr. Valdeane Brown here.

 

As you are comfortably sitting or lying down, your NO trainer will place 5 electrodes on very specific spots on your scalp and ears. You will be given a set of headphones, a blanket, and an eye mask. During the 32 minute training session, your only responsibility is to be still and relax. Let the NO software do its work!
Our brain is made of billions of nerve cells called neurons, which communicate with each other using electrical impulses. As a result, there is a LOT of electrical activity and signal in your brain at any given time. These electrical signals are picked up and monitored using electroencephalography (EEG) sensors.

There are four types of brain waves, characterized by the range of wave frequencies they fall in:

Beta – working, very alert, agitated, tense, stressed, afraid; 14-30 Hz
Alpha – physical and mental relaxation; 9-13 Hz
Theta – decreased consciousness, very relaxed, sleepy; 4-8 Hz
Delta – unconsciousness (i.e. deep sleep); longest and slowest waves; 1-3 Hz
For more detail, please see Zengar’s Cartography of Consciousness: EEG Correlates.

Ultimately, the goal is to narrow the range of frequencies. The more easily we are able to transition from one state to another, the more flexible our brains are, the more optimally we can function and adapt to stressors that are thrown at us.

Due to busy schedules, work, and everyday stress, our brains are most accustomed to beta waves (or the lesser-known gamma waves, which are even higher frequency waves). However, research has shown that we are best able to perform (both physically and cognitively), retain information, learn, and make complex analyses when we are in an alpha state.

On the other hand, some people (such as ADHD patients), have too many theta brain waves. This means they are consistently in state of decreased consciousness – hence their ‘attention deficit’.

Whatever the case, neurofeedback training works to create a healthy balance, decreasing the dominance of any particular range of frequencies.

You will be set up (either sitting or laying down) with 5 electrode sensors attached to specific spots on your scalp and ears. These sensors detect electrical activity, which feed back to the software. In the ‘feedback’ part of this training, the software compares your current brainwaves to that of an optimalbrainwave, which is set by the software to. When your waves deviate from optimal range, the music will skip or fade, which signals your brain to adjust itself (negative feedback). Your brain’s functional pathways (those in optimal range) are rewarded by music. This is operant conditioning. Over time, after several NO training sessions, your brain will learn to adjust itself on it’s own. The ultimate goal of NO is to attain long term, permanent self-regulatory patterns.
After each session, you will leave our office feeling relaxed, energized, and/or sleepy. It feels much like a meditation session. Benefits of NO slowly and gradually present themselves; changes don’t occur overnight as they do with drug therapy, but this is much less invasive and has little-to-no side effects (in rare occasions, patients experience a headache). Think again of the previously mentioned analogy to going to the gym. Marked change occurs by 4-6 sessions; long-lasting change occurs in many more sessions, between 10-40 sessions, depending on the person.​
One session: $99

Ten session pack: $750

Summer special for unlimited monthly membership (expires 9/1/2015): $199

After each session, you will leave our office feeling relaxed, energized, and/or sleepy. It feels much like a meditation session. Benefits of NO slowly and gradually present themselves; changes don’t occur overnight as they do with drug therapy, but this is much less invasive and has little-to-no side effects (in rare occasions, patients experience a headache). Think again of the previously mentioned analogy to going to the gym. Marked change occurs by 4-6 sessions; long-lasting change occurs in many more sessions, between 10-40 sessions, depending on the person.​

RESEARCH ON NEUROFEEDBACK

 

  • A Webinar with Julian Ford: How NeurOptimal helps to improve Focus and Attention