compare neurofeedback equipment - WHAT IS THE BEST NEUROFEEDBACK SYSTEM?
NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback was created from a fundamentally different viewpoint than other systems. Understanding these differences will help you know whether NeurOptimal® is the choice for you.
Learn how NeurOptimal neurofeedback works and scroll down for a comparison chart of other neurofeedback therapy systems.
HOW NEUROPTIMAL WORKS
NeurOptimal is state-of-the-art technology designed to give you milisecond-by-millisecond feedback to optimize wellness.
During a session, the client listens to music. The music plays continuously when the brain is running “on course” (whatever that course is for that particular brain) but as soon as the neurofeedback system detects critical changes in electrical patterns that the brain has “veered off” its path or has become less stable than what it just was, feedback is provided via a very micro pauses in the music. By offering this information, the neurofeedback software gives you the opportunity to shift in response to the information.
When you have done a series of neurofeedback sessions you notice you are better able to focus, manage your sleep, experience calm, and plan and organize yourself. Learn more about the benefits of neurofeedback training here.
NEUROPTIMAL NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING IS...
NeurOptimal® is truly “plug and play” with no complicated set-up or expertise required. For all of its internal design complexity, it's ease-of-use gives it a significant advantage over other systems.
Instead of targeting specific symptoms, NeurOptimal focuses on optimizing overall brain function. This approach naturally ameliorates most complaints, whatever their source.
When you are training, no electricity, vibration or external signal is going into the brain. In addition, brain training with NeurOptimal® does not target specific areas of the brain nor does it push the brain in any direction by giving it goals to achieve, decided by an “expert”.
NeurOptimal® alerts you to come into the present based on advanced software calculating when to create the interruptions in the music. Nothing added. The system is designed to support the naturally learning process.
A mind that is more flexible adapts and responds quicker and more appropriately to changes in your environment. The more easily you adjusts to changes encountered in a normal busy day, the better you feel. A lack of brain fitness, on the other hand, can leave you drained and stressed at the end of the day. Learn who it is for
NeurOptimal targets 20 different sets of frequencies across the right and left brain, each target naturally balancing off the effects of others. What is Advanced about NeurOptimal® Version 3.0
NeurOptimal® has been designated a General Wellness Product by the FDA.
WHAT MAKES NEUROPTIMAL DIFFERENT? - HOW OTHER NEUROFEEDBACK SYSTEMS WORK
WHAT IS PROTOCOL NEUROFEEDBACK?
Traditional linear neurofeedback devices require you to diagnose ahead, sometimes via what is called a QEEG or brain map, which is a decision on which direction the practitioner feels the brain needs to be pushed as a result of a single static picture taken days or weeks earlier. These are called protocols. Diagnosing and then treating in this way is actually a VERY awkward and slow feedback loop. Rather than moment-to-moment feedback it is setting goals based on a single snapshot of brain functioning.
The brain or client is diagnosed as having a particular disorder which is then “treated”, relying heavily upon the knowledge and experience of the clinician to direct that treatment. Treatment is usually done by training up or down a minimal selection of frequencies in different locations. The feedback provided is used by the client to learn to produce more or less of these frequencies in the particular locations. Typically, the focus of training will be on one symptom cluster for a period of weeks or months until, hopefully, there is resolution, at which point the training will be adjusted to address another symptom cluster and so on. It is a linear, stepped process, and sometimes the frequencies needed for one set of symptoms in exactly wrong for another, leading to confusion and trial and error training.
With other systems, the practitioner needs to know a great deal about the brain to be able to work skillfully, and even then, in each case it can take weeks to know if what one is doing is actually the "right” thing that a particular brain needs.
The practitioner must be skilled in watching for side effects, which are typically recognized when the client complains about them, at which point training is adjusted in some way. Again, trial and error.
WHY IS NO BRAIN MAPPING NEEDED WITH NEUROPTIMAL?
The way most systems work is that first the practitioner needs to make a diagnosis. (For this reason, with most systems the practitioner needs to be a licensed healthcare practitioner). The diagnosis will then determine what your brain will be told to do. The diagnosis can be made by interview, evaluation of behavior and/or extensive review of past history and medical records. A one-moment in time picture of your brain may also be conducted, that shows the dominant frequencies it is producing in what location. This one brief "slice of time" is then used to direct training over subsequent weeks or months. Needless to say, this evaluation process is time consuming and expensive, and the client gains no direct benefit from this cost.
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IS NEUROFEEDBACK SAFE?
Yes. Nothing is added to your system. With NeurOptimal you will not “overtrain” because the neurofeedback is just that, feedback, given by precisely timed interruptions in music.
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 NeurOptimal and how it invites very seamless change.
WHAT ARE THE COST OF NEUROFEEDBACK AND BEST OPTIONS TO START?
Price range from $40-$60 per session. Renting your own neurofeedback machine is the most cost-effective and convenient training option. The advanced NeurOptimal home system provides the same training as in office sessions. Learn more >
Price range from 7K and up. We’re sales representatives of the maker’s of the system. We can guide you in what system to get. Often our clients rent first and then decide to buy. Buy a Neurofeedback Machine >