Frequently Asked Questions...
What age can you begin training?
There are no age requirements to do training. We work with both children and adults ranging from 4-93.
Am I able to take my medications while training?
YES. Neurofeedback training does not interfere with any medication. We highly encourage you to continue taking all medications as prescribed and continue to monitor those medications with the counsel of your prescribing physician.
Are there side effects to EEG Neurofeedback training?
There are NO unpleasant side effects from EEG Neurofeedback training. Some people report they are tired after training, but it does not limit their ability to function. Others report that it gives them energy after training. We are all different and it is difficult to predict and it can change during the course of training.
Just as physical exercise can make us tired or give us energy, brain training is exercising our brain and it can cause some fatigue at times as it balances those frequencies. This is usually temporary, but does vary for each individual.
Do I need to bring anything to my sessions?
You may bring a book to read, magazine, puzzle, game or other activity such as crochet or needle point that can be done while sitting. We have coloring books that many enjoy. Children can bring any craft type project to be done as long as it does not require standing and moving around, they may also bring homework. We have some options for younger kids if they forget to bring an activity.
How is this different from programs like Lumosity?
Lumosity brain training games are games that advertise specific skills which are addressed in their games. Those games do not provide any form of feedback regarding the functioning of the central nervous system. They are simply games that focus on certain skills.
EEG Neurofeedback training provides information regarding how your brain is functioning and allows the brain to change in response to that feedback. It is not a game and it is considered a learning process for the brain.
The words "brain training" are used in many different contexts online. Some references are specific to games, some to cognitive rehabilitation and others may indicate brain wave training such as EEG Neurofeedback.
Why has my doctor not recommended this form of training?
Neurofeedback is not a medical treatment or intervention and many doctors are not very familiar with recent research and findings regarding the effectiveness for using Neurofeedback training.
Most research that has been published on EEG Neurofeedback is found in Neuroscience, Biofeedback and Psychology journals. Many physicians and specialty doctors do not have time to keep up to date on all of the latest research across a broad spectrum of practicing fields.
Also, research in this field over the past 10-15 years has produced numerous studies on a wide variety of uses for Neurofeedback training due to advances in technology.
Does this work the same way as music therapy?
No. This is not a music therapy program. Music therapy is done by licensed professionals who set specific goals and implement interventions to address specific needs through music.
EEG Neurofeedback uses music as the means of providing the feedback to the brain only; the technician is not making any changes or adjustments to the music.
Is Neurofeedback covered by insurance?
Brain Fitness, LLC provides Neurofeedback as a training program and is not considered a covered medical or mental health treatment or therapy. Neurofeedback is considered an alternative in nature and although medical professionals may recommend it at times for individuals, it is not considered a therapy and we do not offer insurance billing.
Just as a gym membership or educational tutoring services are not covered medical expenses, but may benefit many people, the same is true for Neurofeedback training.