Funny how rumors get started...One person thinks they understand how something works and says, “it must work like this” while another says “no, I heard it worked like this”, and yet another says, “in my experience it must be like this”. Before you know it suddenly, all these funny rumors, inventions and in some cases superstitions, have started and with little to no truth to it! So, I am going to take a moment to dispel a few rumors.
How NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Training Boosts Creativity, Flexibility and Resilience – A Podcast by Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSWAlex Theoret
On this podcast Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW discusses how the NeurOptimal® brain training system enhances flexibility and resilience so that your maladaptive behaviors are modified in your favor. Catherine is an expert NeurOptimal® trainer who helps clients learn how to run their brains and nervous systems more efficiently. This allows you to become aware of additional choices in your life and create new levels of balanced awareness; giving you heightened levels of effectiveness and increased productivity. The NeurOptimal® works by interrupting brain shifts, so that your brain learns how to organically reorganize itself for optimal functioning. You can learn more about how Catherine’s NeurOptimal® neurofeedback training can help boost your performance by visiting her website http://www.newyorkneurofeedback.com/
Zengar has been developing a Neurofeedback system for years that they have referred to as a Non-linear Dynamical® approach to brain training. But what in the world does that mean? It is sometimes difficult to call this system ‘Neurofeedback’, because this educational brain training program has very little in common with the Linear approach that so many people understand as Neurofeedback.
It helps to understand a little more about the brain. The Brain is ever-changing. Neuroplasticity is an example of how the brain is constantly changing and evolving. Did you know, every time we learn something new the brain is actually making a structural change to itself?! The Central Nervous System (CNS) communicates through the detection of change. The brain’s ability to create neuro-pathways and adapt to a new set of changes is essential for learning and ‘surviving’ …this is called a ‘self-organizing dynamic system’. At the same time, the brain is inherently geared towards the ‘general’ (imprecise) self-regulation based on information. In other words, the brain does not require absolute (or precise) information to learn from, it is always learning and drawing conclusions and formulating, judging, comparing from what information it has received visually, auditorily, tactilely and so forth. What we mean by this can be explained better in an analogy.
A child does not require being taught the ‘BEST’ way to walk (standing so many inches apart) – but rather through experimentation the brain discovers and develops an internal balance and a natural gait unique to that individual. The brain processes and assesses feedback (information) from its own muscles & muscular-skeletal system about its position and stability in space and finds a comfortable stance.
NeurOptimal® has been designed to work in conjunction with the way the body communicates to itself. The training program is Infinitely cycling thereby mirroring through an auditory and visual feedback system a process for the brain to self-regulate. No ABSOLUTE values are ‘augmented’ or ‘inhibited’ as with a Linear process, because as trainers we understand that the brain inherently knows what is ‘best’ and understands the “amount” of activity required for specific functions. NeurOptimal® also understands that individual ‘needs’ vary from brain to brain. So, who better to regulate that than the inherent wisdom of that person’s own brain?
To better understand the process of the CNS let’s compare it to an orchestra. We can think of the instruments as the different parts of the brain…when the brain is healthy all of the parts play together, and are balanced, making an incredible harmonious sound. However, when one instrument is:
In a different ‘time signature’ playing notes too long or short compared to the rest of the orchestra, there is a mismatch in ’Duration’.
If any are ‘too loud’ or “too soft”, there is a mismatch in ‘Intensity’
If any are off key, too sharp or flat, the mismatch is in the ‘Frequency’
Or if any of the information is just ‘off-beat’ or changing the melody, this is noticed as a ‘Shift’.
As the NeurOptimal® system constantly detects these 4-D changes in the brain’s electrical activity (DIFS) it mirrors back to the individual that one or more of these is in the process of change within the CNS – and this gives ‘feedback’ to the overall balance.
The DIFS detection built into the NeurOptimal® software system is mathematically calculating and detecting the change in the cortical activity millisecond by millisecond. This mirroring indicates the information that change is about to occur and the interruption is the feedback that is informing you in “real time”. Then the CNS in its own intrinsic wisdom, makes the changes it deems necessary for personal transformation.
Therefore, it doesn’t really matter if you have migraines, attention problems, sleep issues, fatigue, anxiety, depression or any other ‘symptom’. The symptom is just your body’s way of saying “Hey, pay attention to me, I am not balancing well and need NeurOptimal®!”
Migraines are more than just a headache -- they are a global health issue. 30 million people are directly affected and migraines cost employers $13 billion every year in lost worker productivity. That's more than diabetes and asthma combined. For many sufferers, attacks are completely debilitating and can last as long as 72 hours.
Unfortunately, the Migraine Research Foundation estimates that the majority of migrainers never seek medical treatment. That may be because the medications involved can cause side-effects worse then the original migraine. That leaves natural remedies for migraines - like neurofeedback. Dr. Sue Brown is among those people (women are 3 times more susceptible to the condition) who has lived with severe migraines all her life. Fortunately, she's also an inventor and brain training expert. Brown didn't co-found NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback specifically to address her migraine symptoms, but employing her own neurofeedback system for that purpose has transformed her life.
One can not discover new oceans unless they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- Andre Gide
It only seems appropriate to close out Insomnia Awareness Month by interviewing neuroscientist and certified sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Edward O'Malley of Fairfield, Connecticut. He has utilized NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback as a cornerstone of his practice for many years now. Basically, Dr. O'Malley is so good at his job that he puts people to sleep; and that's a good thing. The vast majority of clients who darken his doors are staring at the ceiling most of the night.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
-Max de Pree