What’s the Difference Between NeurOptimal and Conventional Neurofeedback?
The main difference between NeurOptimal and conventional neurofeedback is the view of how the brain works. Regular neurofeedback usually involves visits to a clinic for diagnosis and a treatment plan. The practitioner uses brain mapping software to diagnose problems in brain activity. Sensors are moved to various parts of the scalp.
A regular neurofeedback practitioner monitors the patient’s progress and guides the exercises, essentially telling the brain what to do. The patient and practitioner set goals and periodically evaluate the patient’s progress.
NeurOptimal, on the other hand, lets the brain set its own goals and decide what it needs to do. The developers of this system believe that the brain has an innate ability to train and regulate itself when it receives the proper feedback. No practitioners, diagnoses, or guidance are needed because the brain in effect monitors itself.
By letting the brain decide what information it will use, NeurOptimal is an efficient and simple approach to neurofeedback. The developers believe that the brain is the best judge of what it needs, rather than a practitioner watching a computer screen.
Do the Benefits Last?
The more NeurOptimal sessions you have, the longer the results will last. Think of the brain like an athlete in training. Even if the athlete consistently performs well, they will need to repeat their training for peak conditioning. If they don’t train for a long time, their muscles “forget” and their performance is off.
Similarly, your brain may need refresher sessions, especially after a disrupting or traumatic life event. You may not have lost all the improvements from the original sessions, but you may feel that you’re not at your best. A few treatments are often all it takes to remind the brain of its optimal activity and to get back on track
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