Neurofeedback is direct training typically provided by health professionals such as psychologists,family therapists, and counsellors. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment andthat information is brought back to the person by way of the sensors. Neurofeedback is alsocalled EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram,or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimalbrain performance and function. Self-regulation training allows the nervous system to functionbetter.
Specifically, the form of Neurofeedback being utilized in this therapy is called Low Energy Neurofeedback System [LENS]. The LENS works well with problems of the Central Nervous System, which can be numerous.These include symptoms of anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behaviour disorders,various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is alsouseful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy. These are all signs of Central Nervous System dysfunction, which result in the body’s difficultyregulating itself.
How does the LENS work?
We apply sensors to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal bycomputer and extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. Through a patentedprocess, we then bring this information back to the client down the sensor wires to the person’sskin. The results are reduction and/or elimination of the symptoms, which previously interferedwith the client’s quality of life. The sessions are brief (usually 3-5 minutes), gentle (usually theclient feels nothing during the session), and the changes are lasting with some exceptions: withsymptoms of progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s and MS, the treatment needs to beongoing to sustain the improvement.
What conditions does the LENS help with?
Cognition - Problems sequencing, memory, providing and maintaining attention, concentration, clarity and organization.
Mood - Anger, sadness, explosiveness.
Motor - Lack of grace, problems of eye-hand coordination, balance, increased muscle tone (from spasticity) and tremor.
Motivation - Problems initiating tasks, shifting from one activity to another, and/or completing tasks.
Anxiety - Problems of anxiety system activity (too much uncomfortably-contained energy), persistent "anxiety", restlessness, rumination, agitation, distractibility, difficulty breathing, palpitations, tremor exacerbation, and sleep interruption.
Reactivity - Hyper-reactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
Pain - Brain-generated pain and vascular pain.
Addictions/Dependencies - Lack of clarity about emotions and self-comforting, defensiveness, argumentativeness and cynicism.
Fatigue - Fatigue; or fatigue as a phenomenon secondary to the effort of trying to overcome the pain and/or the above impediment to functioning more easily.
Performance Optimization - Increases in functioning in the above areas in absence of any diagnosis.
The LENS works well with symptoms of Central Nervous Symptom dysfunction. These include symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity, severely disruptive behavior disorders such as Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachment and Bipolar Disorder, Autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental delay, Cerebral palsy, concussive injuries, PTSD, Acquired Brain Injury, and Birth Trauma.
The LENS works extremely well with the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, no matter how long ago the incident occurred. The trauma can be from a physical blow, a concussive injury, a psychological incident (PTSD), or any other incident(s), which results in a decrease in cognitive ability.
Many children have sleep problems that can be helped such as bed-wetting, sleep walking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, nightmares, and night terrors.
The LENS can also help in maintaining good brain function as people age.