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Common Questions

What is brain self-regulation?

Brain self-regulation is the ability of the brain and central nervous system to control and balance body functions, such as sleep/awake states, appetite, attention, concentration, energy, hormones, mood, and body awareness.

How does neurofeedback work?

  • Listening devices or sensors are placed on the scalp that detect and record the electrical activity of the brain.
  • These EEG signals are fed into a computer and a complex software system identifies the key brainwaves and generates moment to moment feedback.
  • Feedback is provided in three ways: (1) through changes in the picture on the screen, (2) by changes in the volume of the sound, and (3) by off and on vibration of a stuffed animal.
  • Over time, the brain is able to use this information to improve its performance, which results in improved brain activity regulation. The result is a reduction of symptoms and enhanced performance.

Will it hurt?

Neurofeedback is painless and non-invasive. There is no surgery, no electrical stimulation, no medication, and no lasting side effects.

What do I have to do to make it work?

Neurofeedback feels effortless. The client relaxes in a comfortable chair and watches a movie or plays a video game. Although neurofeedback is a way of exercising the brain, most people are unaware of how hard the brain in working. People experience it as an enjoyable, relaxing experience and it is safe and effective for children, adults and seniors.

How long are the sessions?

The two sessions last 90 minutes. These sessions include obtaining a history, taking the QIK test to see how your brain manages stress, and includes a neurofeedback session. After that, each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

Neurofeedback is a learning experience for your brain. Therefore, repetition is crucial. A minimum commitment of 20 sessions is recommended for lasting results. Progress is assessed after each session and a more formal reassessment occurs after the 20th session. At that point, you and Dr. Ridge will determine if more sessions are needed to obtain the results you desire.

Is the treatment the same for everyone?

No. Your brain is unique. While some neurofeedback providers treat each client the same way, neurofeedback provided at Active Minds is tailored to your needs. This begins with an initial complementary consultation that is without obligation. The purpose of this first appointment is evaluate your needs and to educate and answer questions about neurofeedback. To set up an initial consultation, please call 440-951-5600, ext. 165 or e-mail activemindsneurofeedback@gmail.com.

What if I am taking medications?

Clients are encouraged to stay on their medications and consult with their prescribing provider at the start of treatment. Over the course of the treatment, as the brain becomes better at regulating itself, some individuals may require an adjustment in medications that are addressing brain function. Therefore, I recommend regular communication with your prescriber during your neurofeedback experience.

Will I see lasting changes?

The benefits of neurofeedback are generally lasting. Once the brain has learned to function more efficiently, it will continue to use its new skills. Sometimes, as life brings changes, old symptoms may return and booster sessions may be beneficial to return the brain to its optimum functioning. For some progressive conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dementia and other organic brain disorders, brain training over time is often required.

Will my insurance cover neurofeedback?

Treatment at Active Minds Neurofeedback is provided in a private pay practice setting. Reimbursement may be available through your health insurance using out of network benefits, through your HSA account, or from eligible funds through a flexible spending plan that may be offered by your employer.