Perhaps you experienced a disturbing event such as a sport's injury that affected your brain. For example, if your head/brain was hit (a brain injury doesn't have to involve a concussion) you may have symptoms such as having difficulty with memory, concentrating, working, or a sudden change in your emotional state.
Possibly the disturbing situation is having to live with Learning Difficulties or Attention Deficit Disorder that affects the functioning of your brain. You may prefer to have your brain function better using self-healing methods that are long lasting and have no chemical side effects.
You may have ADD/ADHD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), anxiety, depression and PTSD. You may want your brain to function better so that you can perform more effectively at home, school, or at work. You may want to change your brain with the help of a non-invasive therapy like Neurofeedback (Neuro = brain) (feedback = information to itself). Neurofeedback or Brain Biofeedback is a self-healing therapy, which facilitates healing yourself through the use of information given back to the brain by a computer. This information allows your brain to grow different and healthier pathways resulting in changes in behaviour, such as less impulsivity or reactivity; more focus and attention; better reading and/or math skills, less anxiety, or depression. As in EMDR, where the brain did all the work almost automatically, Neurofeedback also helps you help the brain do the work to fix itself, hence a self-healing therapy. Neurofeedback training is training in self-regulation, that is, you learn how to control your brainwaves. Research on Neurofeedback has reported significant improvements in people who have difficulties with attention deficit, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, seizure disorders, closed head injuries, mood disorders, PTSD, and many other conditions. The outcomes using Neurofeedback as reported in research articles are significant and extraordinary.
Biofeedback has been around since 1875, and is endorsed by the American Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin as a viable therapy. Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback that deals exclusively with the brain.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapy resulting in more effective functioning brains. With Neurofeedback, you can perform more effectively and efficiently, whether it involves behavioural, mental or emotional functioning.
Adapted from the ochslabs.com website
LENS (Low Energy Neurofedback System) is a specific kind of Neurofeedback, which operates much more rapidly than traditional Neurofeedback, since it has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can't sit still. With LENS, the client doesn't need to "do" anything, and there is nothing to learn. LENS works well for people who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for longer time periods. Additionally, LENS works much faster than traditional Neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to and overall average number of of sessions of 20.
LENS works well with problems of the Central Nervous System, which can be numerous. These include symptoms of anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behaviour disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy. These are all signs of Central Nervous dysfunction, which result in the body's difficulty regulating itself.
Sensors are applied to the scalp, which listen in on brainwave activity. The signal is processed by a computer, which extracts information about certain key brainwave frequencies. Through a patented process, this information is brought back to the client down the sensor wires to the person's skin. The results are reduction and/or elimination of the symptoms, which previously interfered with the client's quality of life. The sessions are gentle (usually the client feels nothing during the session) and the changes last. There are exceptions, however, with symptoms of progressive conditions such as Parkinson's and MS, the treatment needs to be ongoing to sustain the improvement.
- Cognition - Problems sequencing, memory, providing and maintaining attention, concentration, clarity and organization.
- Mood - Anger, sadness, explosiveness.
- Motor - Lack of grace, problems of eye-hand coordination, balance, increased muscle tone (from spasticity) and tremor.
- Motivation - Problems initiating tasks, shifting from one activity to another, and/or completing tasks.
- Anxiety - Problems of anxiety system activity (too much uncomfortably-contained energy), persistent "anxiety", restlessness, rumination, agitation, distractibility, difficulty breathing, palpitations, tremor exacerbation, and sleep interruption.
- Reactivity - Hyper-reactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
- Pain - Brain-generated pain (mismapping the origins and qualities of signals), and vascular pain.
- Addictions/Dependencies - Lack of clarity about emotions and self-comforting, defensiveness, argumentativeness and cynicism.
- Fatigue - Fatigue; or fatigue as a phenomenon secondary to the effort of trying to overcome the pain and/or the above impediment to functioning more easily.
- Performance Optimization - Increases in functioning in the above areas in absence of any diagnosis.
- Works well with symptoms of Central Nervous System dysfunction. These include symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity, severely disruptive behaviour disorders such as Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachment and Bipolar Disorder, Cerebral palsy, concussive injuries, PTSD and Acquired Brain Injury.
- Works extremely well with the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, no matter how long ago the incident occured. The trauma can be from a physical blow, a concussive injury, a psychological incident (PTSD), or any other incident(s) which results in a decrease in cognitive ability.
- Can also be helpful with many symptoms including drug abuse, suicidal behaviour, anxiety and depression.
- Can also help in maintaining good brain function as people age.
- Opens the communication channels in the central nervous system, thus enabling the nervous system to set its own course and direction. All the work is done by the brain.
- Body LENS is a separate LENS application useful for chronic pain.
If the problem being addressed is one of brain dysregulation, the the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them.
At times there are unknown issues such as early-stage degenerative disease, allergies, strong reactions to some foods or pollens, or spills and falls leading to bumps on the head. In thses instances, longer courses of the LENS might be needed. Also, it may be that some direct medical help may be the best course of action. LENS cannot do everything for everybody. However, it can and has made a difference that other approaches have not provided, and in general, in a much shorter time. Matters are different when we are dealing with degenerative conditions like Parkinson's or the dementias, or when we are working against continuing insults to the system. In such cases, LENS session may need to be continued at some level over time. Allergic susceptibilities and food intolerances may make it more difficult to maintain the gains. Poor digestive function will pose a problem, as does poor nutrition. A person living in a toxic environment (in either the physical or the psychological sense) may have more difficulty retaining good function.
For additional information on LENS, refer to the following websites:
- Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) - www.site.ochslabs.com/