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What types of biofeedback and neurofeedback are offered at Center for Brain?
What is neurofeedback?
How does neurofeedback work?
What conditions can be helped with neurofeedback?
What is a neurofeedback session like?
How many sessions does it take for improvement?
Are neurofeedback improvements permanent?
What ages can benefit from neurofeedback?
What is the success rate of neurofeedback?
What are the risks of neurofeedback?
Can I use neurofeedback if I’m taking medication?
Can neurofeedback lead to reduction of medication?
Can I do neurofeedback if I’m also undergoing mental health counseling?
What is body biofeedback (BRT)?
How does body biofeedback (BRT) work?
What conditions can be helped with body biofeedback (BRT)?
How quickly can I expect to see results?
What is heart rate variability training?
Is biofeedback covered by insurance?
Who can benefit from biofeedback?
One of Center for Brain’s tools is a brain map. What is a brain map?
Why don’t more doctors recommend biofeedback?
What do sessions cost?
Why should Center for Brain be your first choice for biofeedback services?

What types of biofeedback and neurofeedback are offered at Center for Brain?

Center for Brain offers (brain biofeedback), body biofeedback  also known as BioRegulation Therapy (BRT), and heart rate variability biofeedback .  We’ve learned that combining biofeedback for the brain and biofeedback for the body is a potent combination. Since some people do better with one type of neurofeedback than another, we offer five types.

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a computer-assisted non-invasive, non-drug way to help your brain become more flexible, stable and functional. Sensors are placed on your head to measure the brainwaves (nothing goes into your head). A computer analyzes those brainwaves in real time. It then “talks back” to the brain using customized sounds and images. These encourage positive brain activity such as relaxation, focus and attention. At the same time, the program discourages the type of brain activity which causes anxiety or depression. With repetition, it becomes easier for your brain to reach whatever the desired state is in order for you to feel better, and all this occurs while you relax!

How does neurofeedback work?

Neurofeedback takes advantage of the brain’s amazing ability to change itself. This ability is known as “neuroplasticity.” It’s the way learning takes place. For example, neuroplasticity is what allows you to become better at a sport with practice or to develop a new habit over time.

Research has shown that throughout life the brain continues to adapt and adjust as it confronts new experiences, fresh knowledge and varying sensory input. The result is that with life experience, different neurons fire, synapses grow, and the brain remaps itself.  Over time neurofeedback helps create different patterns and structures which are more conducive to contentment and a peaceful mind. With practice and training, these patterns can produce a new way of life. This capacity for change continues well into old age.

This is encouraging news for those suffering from disorders caused by poorly functioning brain patterns such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and ADHD.

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What conditions can be helped with neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback can help a wide range of problems – any condition, in fact, which is the result of brain patterns functioning inefficiently. These include depression, sleep issues, chronic pain, concussion/head injuries, learning difficulties and ADHD. Click here for a complete list of conditions helped by neurofeedback.

What is a neurofeedback session like?

There are several variations, but a typical session begins with sensors placed on your head to measure your brainwaves (nothing goes into your head). Then you play a simple video game or watch a movie. When the brain creates an optimal rhythm, the game or movie plays normally. If the brain falls out of the desired pattern, the game or movie slows or stops until the brain returns to the more efficient pattern. The end result is that, with repetition, the brain goes more and more often into the desired pattern until this becomes a habit.

How many sessions does it take for improvement?

The number of sessions varies from individual to individual. It also depends on what therapies we decide are best for you. Improvement is frequently noted after four or five sessions. On average, people need 25-30 sessions for optimal results, but some may need fewer sessions while others need more. We can give a better estimation of number of sessions once we have conducted a thorough assessment.

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Are neurofeedback improvements permanent?

Generally, once the brain has adopted a new pattern, the results last.  However, if you are confronted with an unexpected life challenge that affects the brain (trauma, brain injury, loss of a loved one, extreme stress), you might need maintenance sessions or “tune-ups.” These typically involve only two or three sessions to get the brain re-stabilized and back on track.

What ages can benefit from neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback can help adults of any age and children as young as three.

What is the success rate of neurofeedback?

The success rate commonly quoted by clinicians and in published scientific research for neurofeedback for certain conditions is 75%-80%.  However, more neurofeedback research needs to be done to accurately state efficacy rates.

That being said, certain conditions respond more quickly than others. Anxiety, sleep issues and migraines typically improve rapidly and well. Medications for most conditions can often be reduced or eliminated. Even more difficult-to-treat conditions such as OCD or seizures usually improve to some degree because our combination approach successfully trains the brain to function better. However, we cannot know to what degree symptoms will improve for any individual, as everyone’s brain is unique.

What are the risks of neurofeedback?

In over 50 years of usage, no long-term negative effects have ever been identified with neurofeedback training. Sometimes a person may notice a short-term increase in symptoms as the brain adjusts to a new pattern. This increase in symptoms usually goes away rapidly on its own or can be minimized easily by a trained clinician’s adjustment of the treatment protocol.

Can I use neurofeedback if I’m taking medication?

Yes. Neurofeedback also works if you are taking medication.

Can neurofeedback lead to reduction of medication?

Yes. After undergoing neurofeedback training you may find you need less medication or are able to discontinue it altogether, in concert with your physician.

Can I do neurofeedback if I’m also undergoing mental health counseling?

Definitely yes! Neurofeedback can be a powerful adjunct to psychotherapy but is not a replacement for it. As the brain begins to function better through neurofeedback training, emotional and behavioral issues can be easier to resolve with psychotherapy. We encourage all our clients to seek the best care available for their individual situations.

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What is body biofeedback (BRT)?

Body biofeedback, also called BioRegulation Therapy (BRT), is a body balancing method that has its roots in acupuncture but with the added advantage of modern-day technology.

How does body biofeedback (BRT) work?

A computer reads the electrical impulses (frequencies) being emitted by the cells in your body. It filters out the disharmonic “unhealthy” vibrations that interfere with optimal cell communication (and thus interfere with their optimal functioning). It then amplifies the “healthy” harmonic frequencies and sends them back to the cells. These harmonic frequencies “invigorate” the cells and encourage them to function the way they are supposed to. Once the cells are doing their jobs better, the nervous system calms down and pain signals, which have become magnified over time, diminish.

What conditions can be helped with body biofeedback (BRT)?

BRT is particularly useful in relieving the symptoms of chronic pain when there needs to be better integration of brain and body and whenever there are a lot of “body symptoms.” These symptoms can include post-surgery discomfort, anxiety, fear, immune system-related issues and repair of injuries, including sports injuries.

How quickly can I expect to see results?

We can’t say how long it will take for any given individual to see results, or even guarantee that you’ll get results at all. However, since 2013 when we began providing BRT, at least 75 percent of our clients have reported consistent improvement, and even more improvement when combined with neurofeedback. In complicated chronic pain cases, pain reduction often occurs in as little as one session but more commonly in six sessions.

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What is heart rate variability training?

Heart rate variability training is s a type of biofeedback that helps balance your breathing with your heart. There’s a lot of research on this type of biofeedback that indicates that learning to breathe right helps mood, anxiety and sleep. This training in one form or another has been used for thousands of years. Using specialized software, people are guided to develop more a balanced breathing pattern that is in sync with the heart rate.  Improving your heart rate variability helps encourage more balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in the person feeling calmer, less anxious and better able to handle stress.

Is biofeedback covered by insurance?

Insurance companies vary on reimbursement. There is an established insurance procedure code that covers biofeedback (which includes neurofeedback and body biofeedback). Other codes may apply, depending on the service we offer, your particular situation and the insurance provider. Services we provide are considered out of network. We will file your insurance claim for you but we ask that you pay Center for Brain at the time of service, with any reimbursement being paid directly to you. Contact our office to learn more about our insurance practices.

Who can benefit from biofeedback?

Anyone age three and older who is experiencing challenges related to their brain can benefit. The brain has a huge impact on behavior, emotions, processing speed, attention, sleep, frustration tolerance and more.  New technologies help clients overcome these issues by helping them balance their nervous system and brain.

One of Center for Brain’s tools is a brain map. What is a brain map?

A brain map is a technology used to help pinpoint exactly where the problems are in the brain. Also known as a qEEG, it measures the electrical activity of the brain from 19 points and identifies where timing issues are negatively impacting mood, behavior or attention. Armed with this information, neurofeedback training can be targeted to the problem areas, resulting in better and often faster results. One optional qEEG report is available which pinpoints appropriate medications and reduces the process of trial and error in prescribing.

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Why don’t more doctors recommend biofeedback?

Because neurofeedback, BioRegulation Therapy (BRT) and heart rate variability training are non-drug treatments, many doctors and other health professionals are unaware of these technologies and their effectiveness. In the United States, our health culture is centered on drugs. Therefore other approaches, even though they are effective, are often overlooked because they lack large promotional and research budgets such as those of pharmaceutical companies.

What do sessions cost?

Sessions can range from $85 to $150, depending on the treatments utilized. However, we offer packages which provide a discounted rate. The long-term benefits of neurofeedback on health, improved stability and possible reduced need for medications and doctor visits make our services a low-cost option when calculated over time. Savings result from the possibility of less need for tutors, doctor visits, psychotherapy, medications and more. Our mantra is that when the brain functions more normally, your whole life can change for the better.

Why should Center for Brain be your first choice for biofeedback services?

Center for Brain in Jupiter was founded in 2006 by Mike Cohen. Prior to that, he worked in the neurofeedback field in Georgia for over 20 years. Besides running a successful practice in Jupiter, Mike is an internationally-renowned instructor who has taught this technology to more than 2,000 healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, around the world. Mike’s ability to meld both the art and the science of neurotechnology in unique ways has kept him on the forefront of this expanding field for more than two decades and made him one of its most sought-after experts.

Center for Brain provides each client with a support system while we partner with you to get your brain working better and see you feeling better. You haven’t given up, so we don’t either, no matter how long you’ve struggled or what you’ve tried. There’s almost always something in our toolbox, along with referrals to vetted complementary healthcare professionals when indicated, that can help.

Another benefit of going to Center for Brain is that we offer an optional brain map , which permits a more precise customized program to target brain issues.

While much of what Center for Brain does is high-tech, the staff never loses sight of the fact that we are dealing with people’s lives, their health, and their overall well-being. Many of our clients’ situations are quite complex, and many have “tried everything.” We pay attention to what clients tell us and put compassion as high on the priority list as technical know-how.

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