Learn About NeurOptimal®

How Does NeurOptimal® Work?

NeurOptimal® training is like holding a mirror up to your brain. If you have not seen yourself in a while, you will naturally start making adjustments because the mirror provides the information you need to correct yourself. The brain has a unique ability to regulate itself when granted the right information. Any abrupt alterations in the electrical activity of the brain will hinder the optimal functioning of the brain. NeurOptimal® detects abrupt changes and signals the brain to regulate them via small interruptions in the music. Over time, the brain will naturally correct itself and the brain will function more efficiently and effectively.

What Does a Session Look Like?

When you come to our office on O’Connor Drive, you will be seated in a cozy private area. Two sensors will be attached to the crown of your head and three will be clipped to your ears. Next, you will be given a set of headphones to listen to music during the 33-minute session. Throughout the duration of the session you can sleep, read a magazine, scroll on your phone or watch a movie. You can do whatever you want as long as you are seated. When your brain starts to veer off track, there will be micro interruptions in the music which will redirect your brain back to the present. If at any point in time you require assistance, Suzanne or one of her assistants will be available to help.

How Long Does it Take to See Progress?

It depends on factors such as your age, what is going on in the present and what happened in the past. Progress usually occurs much faster for children. However, it is highly dependent on the amount of trauma that an individual has been exposed to.

Does NeurOptimal® Have Side Effects?

Every brain works differently and depending on the amount of trauma you have endured throughout your life, it is possible to experience headaches and an influx of emotions. If these symptoms do occur, remember that they are normal functions of your brain adapting to the neurofeedback.

Does Neurofeedback Hurt?

No it does not. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is pain-free and calming. Some clients even fall asleep during sessions!

Does NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Effect Medicine Dosage?

As an individual experiences gradual changes via neurofeedback, your brain begins to work more efficiently on its own. As a result, your medication dosage may need to be adjusted accordingly.

The ability of the brain to continually create new pathways and interconnections is essential for learning and adaptability. 

Is a Signal Sent Through Your Brain?

The sensors act as stethoscopes and no signal goes through the brain. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive method of therapy and is proven to be both a safe and effective form of therapy.

Are the Changes Lasting?

Neurofeedback is equivalent to learning how to play a sport. You build up muscle memory over time. However, your muscles can become tight or lose the strength that they once had which is why it is good to start light and incorporate flexibility and mobility exercises into your routine to avoid injury. Whether you do sessions once a month or every week, you brain will remember how to regulate itself and work more efficiently. A few sessions can help you to get back on track when day-to-day stressors present themselves.

How Often Should I Do NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback?

The frequency of sessions is depending on individual circumstances and how rapidly you wish to see shifts.

Child’s NeurOptimal® Progression

Child’s Self Portrait Prior to Neurofeedback
Child’s Self Portrait After Neurofeedback
After 25 Sessions