FAQ

You say one of the reasons NeuroCare Neurofeedback is so safe is that it doesn’t influence any outcome. What does this mean?

Other neurofeedback systems have goals or outcomes they seek, usually determined in collaboration with the practitioner who is operating the equipment. To meet these goals the software will present you with tasks that you try to accomplish and when you get them right you get “points” in some way. Under the hood, the software is telling your brain to produce more of some frequencies and less of others — these are called augments and suppresses. The idea is that your brain can be pushed into learning to be more like a “normal” (or average) brain. NeuroCare neurofeedback does not work in this way at all. NeuroCare neurofeedback does not view your brain as sick or well — in fact, that is irrelevant to NeuroCare neurofeedback which is a training not a treatment. There are no pre-determined goals (such as getting well), and hence no augments or suppresses. In fact, there is no instruction given to your brain at all. It can do whatever it wants! The idea is to hold up that mirror and let your brain take it from there.

You say the brain is doing the work, not NeuroCare Neurofeedback. Could  a brain be too disturbed or damaged to benefit from neurofeedback?

At this point we have had a lot of experience with all kinds of brains, as you can imagine. We have yet to see a brain that cannot learn from neurofeedback. It does seem that every brain has within it an innate capacity to learn and hence potentially to benefit from training with neurofeedback. Luckily it wouldn’t take you long to find out. We say within six sessions you should know if it is helping, and often it can be quicker than that.

You say many different types of people can work with NeuroCare Neurofeedback for many different reasons and purposes. How can one program do that, especially when there are no settings to change? How can “one size fit all”?

An excellent question! It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it! The answer is actually quite simple. Let’s go back to the analogy of the mirror. No matter who looks into it, the mirror can always be exactly the same mirror. But every image is going to be different, and even the image of one person is going to be subtly changing, never the same one minute (or second) to the next. NeuroCare neurofeedback is like that mirror, giving information micro-second by micro-second. Not only will two people never have the same session, no person will ever have the same session twice! It’s impossible because as the brain shifts in response to the information it is getting, the image being reflected back also changes. It’s a unique dance between the person and their own brain, or, described another way, of the brain dynamically dancing with itself. So no, NeuroCare neurofeedback can never be described as a “one size fits all”.

Is Neurofeedback Safe?

Yes.Neurofeedback is safe for anyone to use.  Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain.

The training works by alerting your automatic functioning part of the brain to its own actions (this part controls the fear response, flight/flight/freeze, sleep, attentiveness, executive functioning, etc.) so it can ‘see’ its own maladaptive patterns.  Because the brain is designed to be responsive to new information, when the NeurCare Neurofeedback System alerts the brain to its own functioning the brain will naturally tweak itself to be the most efficient and effective response. It’s as if the brain, upon being alerted to its own behaviour says “hey, I’m about to produce a stress response when I’m sitting in a safe space.  That’s not efficient or an appropriate response. I’m going to change what I’m doing.”

Does Neurofeedback have side effects?

NeuroCare Neurofeedback is non-invasive and nothing is added to your system. It is alerted to pay attention at exactly the right millisecond when it can shift its habitual patterns. Any noticeable shifts in your mood, awareness or energy level after brain training really depends on the individual and can vary from session to session.

What is the difference between NeuroCare Neurofeedback and other systems?

A first crucial difference is that when using NeuroCare Neurofeedback there is no need for diagnosis. Why is this? NeuroCare Neurofeedback is designed to give the brain information about what it has just done. The brain then uses this information to organize itself.  During a session, the client listens to music or watches a movie file (avi, mov or other popular movie formats). The music/movie plays continuously when the brain is running “on course” (whatever that course is for that particular brain) but as soon as NeuroCare neurofeedback detects that the brain has “veered off” its path or has become less stable than what it just was, feedback is provided to the brain via a very brief pause in the sound. By offering this information NeuroCare Neurofeedback gives the opportunity to the brain to adapt itself in response to the information, which then provides yet new and different information for NeuroCare Neurofeedback to mirror back. Like a dance, NeuroCare Neurofeedback and the brain adapt to each other microsecond by microsecond, adjusting their steps based on what the other has just done.

With NeuroCare Neurofeedback the brain is simply interacting adaptively with itself moment by moment, not striving to produce “more” of some frequency and “less” of another according to an outside “expert”. While those kinds of changes may be observed, they occur as part of an intrinsic self-organizing principal rather than an artificially imposed constraint. This is a large part of both the inherent power and safety of NeurCare and how it invites very seamless change.