What is NeurOptimal neurofeedback?
NeurOptimal neurofeedback is a tool that helps keep your brain organized and fit, promotes general wellness, and helps you to function more efficiently.
NeurOptimal offers information to the brain about what it has just done, which the brain can then use to organize itself. How does it do that?
How does NeurOptimal neurofeedback work?
During a NeurOptimal®session you will sit in a comfy recliner, we will put ear clips on your ears and two small sensors on the sides of your head. These pick up the delicate electrical activity of your brain. You relax, close your eyes and listen to music or watch a movie.
The sensors are sending the electrical signals that they pick up from your scalp into the NeurOptimal® computer system. The NeurOptimal® system processes your brain signals very rapidly and when it detects them moving into an “instability”, the NeurOptimal® software program is designed to give your brain feedback, which occurs as a brief pause in the music or movie . That’s it. That’s all that happens. This is the “feedback”. It sounds like there’s static in the music.
Consciously this has no meaning for us — in fact we may not even notice them, or not all of them. But unconsciously our brain understands the mathematics behind the timing of the pauses, which act a bit like a “rumble strip”.
When you’re driving on the highway and you hear that familiar sound of the tires rolling over the rumble strip at the side of the road, your brain becomes alerted to this sound. The sound can be somewhat alarming. Usually we have corrected back into the ‘sweet spot’ of the road or lane before we think about why we heard that startlingly loud noise. The sound of the tires on the rumble strip serves as an auditory piece of information to our brain about where we are on the road, about how we’re functioning, as a driver. That sound is a piece of feedback.
Similarly, the pause in the music generated by the NeurOptimal® software is feedback, it’s an “auditory piece of information to our brain/CNS about where we are…”, about how our brain is functioning.
Just as the feedback of the rumble strip gives our brain/CNS information which enables our brain/CNS to make a shift back to the “sweet spot of the road”, so NeurOptimal® enables our brain to make a shift back to the “sweet spot of better functioning” in our life.
The brain/CNS adjusts its activity without any effort from you (you can be completely zoned out if you want, many of our clients go to sleep!), to stay “within” the rumble strip. The brain does this on its own — NeurOptimal®doesn’t tell it to.
Imagine you are walking along a path on a cliff side, in the dark. You’d probably be floundering. But then a flashlight is shone showing the cliff edge. The flashlight doesn’t tell you what to do, but now you can use the extra information you have (the location of the cliff edge) to walk more certainly along your path. The brain learns from the information it is given until over time and without your conscious awareness or effort, it learns to organize itself more efficiently. And this manifests in your life by issues dropping away and life just seems easier.
NeurOptimal®is simple. But its simplicity belies its power. It’s powerful because it communicates directly with your brain/CNS, and there is nothing to interfere with that. There is no outside person having to evaluate or diagnose you, and no outside person deciding what training you need. It’s your brain effectively communicating with itself and making its own changes.
Your brain really does know best!