Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback (NF) is a non-invasive EEG therapy that can be used on any individual wishing to enhance brain function and performance in any way. Applications include peak performance for executives, athletes, musicians or anyone wishing to achieve more focus, concentration and clarity. Specialized applications include protocols for a wide variety of neurological conditions such as but not limited to: Anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Depression, Dementia, PTSD and Parkinson’s among many others.
  2. What do I expect when I go in for an initial consultation? During the initial consultation, our doctors interview and collect information on the psychological and/or neurological condition that you would like to address. After the intial interview, a brain scan using EEG electrodes attached to the scalp is done to read the brainwaves and determine which part of the brain is not coherent or communicating properly with each other and which parts are not optimally regulated. Results are evaluated by the attending doctor and matched versus the client’s chief issues/complaints and desired brain fitness goals. Based on this, the appropriate protocol is created with the help of Dr. Joseph Guan, Singapore’s top Neurofeedback Therapist and a partner of Philippine Neurofeedback Center.  The client then comes in regularly for a series of brain training or Neurofeedback sessions lasting about 30 minutes each visit.
  3. What happens during a Neurofeedback Session? During a Neurofeedback session, EEG electrodes are attached to the areas of the brain that need to be improved based on the recommended protocol. Because the sensitive electrodes can pick up minute electrical activity, the brainwaves appear on a computer screen and are matched against a Normative Brainwave Database approved by the FDA in the USA. The client, with the help of visual and auditory rewards, is able to train their own brain to increase or decrease certain activity resulting in better coherence and more regulated electrical brain activity. It is important to note that no voltage or current goes to the brain during an NF session.
  4. How does Neurofeedback work? Neurofeedback is like a mirror in which the client can see his or her own brainwaves displayed on a computer monitorThe client then plays simple computer games with just the mind (no hands) to stimulate brain activity in the direction that the computer wants it (based on a Normative Brainwave Database approved by the FDA in the United States). When the client is able to make their own brain waves behave closely to the brainwaves from the database, they will hear a beep and see a visual reinforcement on the screen. In time, because of operant conditioning (similar to Pavlov’s dog), the brain will have be trained to behave in the patterns needed for optimum coherence and function. In time, because of the brain’s neuroplasticity, the neural synapses would have reorganized itself into a more cohesive whole.
  5. When will I see changes or results? Since Neurofeedback is a form of brain exercise (similar to going to the gym to build up muscle), the results will begin to manifest after 10 to 20 sessions. Some may exhibit signs of improvement as early as the 5th session. It is important to be aware of any improvements, changes or effects and communicate this to your therapist so that your brain fitness goals can be reached effectively.How frequent should I have my sessions? For best results we recommend at least 1x to 2x a week although we have seen results in client coming less frequently although it may take longer to see the results. For clients traveling long distances, Neurofeedback can be safely administered at least 2x a day, everyday, with a rest period of at least 4 hours in between sessions.
  6. How long is a session? An initial consultation may take at least 1 and a half hours including having a brain map done and a thorough interview with our doctor about your medical history and brain training goals. After the initial consultation, Regular sessions lasts approximately 30 minutes including attaching and removing the electrodes.
  7. How much does it cost? Our prices are as reasonable as paying for a session at the gym or a simple salon treatment
  8. Are there side effects?There are no side effect.
  9. Who can benefit from Neurofeedback?People of all ages can benefit from Neurofeedback. Even if you don’t have any significant neurological challenge, the brain exercise and training will train your brain to self-regulate. This enhances the function of the central nervous system and improves mental performance, emotions and even physiological stability.
  10. Can I take my medications while under the Neurofeedback program?Yes it is advised to continue with medication while Neurofeedback programs are on-going. As the treatment progresses, It is necessary to re-evaluate your medication dosage with your attending physician/neurologist/psychiatrist to take into account the changes that may occur due to NF therapy. A reduction in medication is highly possible as the changes in the electrical activity of the brain (brainwaves) brought about by NF also affects the chemical composition which medications are trying to correct.
  11. Will my symptoms recur if I stop NF?The benefits of brain training with Neurofeedback remain long after training is done. Sometimes, due to underlying neurological or genetic issues or if you experience trauma, injury or extreme stress, it may be possible for you to experience a relapse. The brain is devoted to its own regulation so once it undergoes an intensive training session, it remembers how to regulate itself. Once you have completed your recommended protocol, occasional ‘maintenance’ sessions can be beneficial but not necessary.
  12. How many sessions are needed?The following are MINIMUM number of sessions needed. It is important to note than more than the minimum number of sessions may be needed for certain cases such as Autism spectrum, ADD/ADHD, PTSD and other more serious psychological/neurological conditions in order to reach maximum potential for progress.
  • ADD/ADHD (20 sessions)
  • Addiction (25)
  • Anxiety disorder (25)
  • Anti-Aging (10 +maintenance)
  • Austism (minimum 60)
  • Bell’s Palsy (20)
  • Bi-polar Disorder (30)
  • Dementia/Alzheimers (35-45)
  • Depression (15)
  • De-stressing/Peak Performance(40)
  • Developmental Delay/Mental Delay (Down’s, Speech delay, tantrums, Cognition) – 50 sessions
  • Diabetes Mellitus (15)
  • Dyslexia (25-35)
  • Eating Disorders (25)
  • Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders (20)
  • Headache (10)
  • Hypertension (15)
  • Insomnia (10)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Bed Wetting (15)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (25)
  • Pain/Post Op Recovery (10)
  • Parkinsons (40-50)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (15-25)
  • Schizophrenia (30)
  • Skills (learning language, musical instrument, other) – min. 20 sessions,
  • Sleep Apnea (20)
  • Stroke (40-50)
  • Stuttering (15)
  • Tinnitus (10)
  • Vertigo and Auditory Processing (10)

 

 

 

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