Neurofeedback is a tool that monitors activity from the brain, to tell the brain more about itself. It does so using electrodes placed gently on the head and ears using a conductive paste; these measure brain activity (without sending any information back to the brain). With this information, the hardware and software can find patterns and irregularities in brain activity. These are completely normal changes in brain activity that can occur as the result of various forms of trauma, brain injury, chronic disease, stress, etc. However, such changes can lead to decreased brain efficiency and often, symptoms. In order to tell the brain more about itself, the Neurofeedback device utilizes interruptions in the provided music that the listener hears during a session. Although this seems like it shouldn’t work, it does! Many of these interruptions are occuring audibly (the listener can hear them) but some occur without the listener hearing them in an obvious way. The brain then internalizes this information and tries to find a new path of least resistance, without interruption from the machine. Think of this kind of Neurofeedback as a mirror being held up to the brain to show it’s own imperfections!
How can Neurofeedback help me?
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Yes! Neurofeedback is incredibly safe and can even be used with patients who have seizures.
Neurofeedback sessions last for 33 minutes; however, office appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes or 45 minutes. The longer appointments are for check ups and new clients.
Unfortunately, Neurofeedback is like Yoga. One cannot guarantee how long it will take the brain to “get in shape.” Some patients find improvement after one session; others will find it takes 3-10 sessions before noticing improvement.
Dr. Mendelsohn has been trained to use the Neuroptimal device and has completed the certificate program through the manufacturer, NeurOptimal® Advanced Brain Training Systems.
It is recommended that you bring a blanket and/or warm clothes, where you will be comfortable sitting in a lounge chair in an office. If you choose, you can bring headphones or use the speaker attached to the device.
Unfortunately, this type of Neurofeedback cannot be charged to insurance. Due to the unique nature of the program, it cannot be claimed as a “treatment” for insurance purposes. In order to make the treatment affordable to patients, the following pricing schedule has been arranged: