How Do I Know Neurofeedback Is Working?

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If you have ever experienced neurofeedback or if you are interested in neurofeedback, some questions may arise. You may be wondering “how many sessions will it take?” “how will I know my symptoms are improving?” or “are there any side effects?” Like all treatments, it is important to have an understanding of what the process will look like and to have the majority of your questions answered so you can feel confident that this is a treatment for you.

As soon as you begin neurofeedback, it is our hope that you will notice positive changes as the amount of sessions increase. Using a symptom tracker, each week you will be asked to rate your symptoms on a scale of 1-10 (1 being no symptoms that week, 10 being highly problematic symptoms that week). Over time, you will have a visual graph of the progress being made in your neurofeedback sessions for each initial symptom.

You may also be wondering whether there are any side effects to neurofeedback. Like many treatments, you may experience some minor side effects. Neurofeedback uses various frequencies to keep the brain comfortable. You can think about frequency in terms of clothing. When you go to the gym, you want to be comfortable. You may wear a t-shirt, sweatpants, and sneakers. If you were to work out in jeans, for example, your body will still be benefiting from the exercise, but you yourself may feel uncomfortable while exercising. Frequencies act in the same fashion. If it is too low, your brain is still benefitting from neurofeedback but you may experience heavy eyelids or grogginess. If the frequency is too high, you may experience irritability or agitation. Each individual starts on the lowest possible frequency and neurofeedback specialists will periodically check-in with you to make sure you are at a comfortable frequency and that you are experiencing little to no symptoms.

Another common question people ask is in regards to how many sessions are needed to improve symptoms. Because neurofeedback is a completely individualized process, it can change from person to person, and can even vary within an individual’s multiple symptoms. Typically, people feel at their best and notice less problematic symptoms within 20 sessions. At this time, some people choose to stop doing neurofeedback, while others make the decision to continue their treatment. It is advised to talk to your neurofeedback specialist and determine a plan that works best for you. Once your neurofeedback treatment has ended, know that if needed, you can always come back for a few “tune-up” sessions with your neurofeedback specialist.

Neurofeedback can be a great way to reduce the amount of problematic symptoms in your life. If you feel that you could benefit from the services neurofeedback has to offer, consult with your doctor today or contact us here at the San Diego Center for Neurofeedback for a consultation.