You may have questions about PeakBrain, so we’ve compiled some of the most common ones we get from people considering PeakBrain.
What services does PeakBrain provide?
PeakBrain offers advanced brain assessments and training solutions, including neurofeedback, biofeedback, hemoencephalography, performance testing, brain mapping, personalized coaching and more. These techniques can be used on their own or in tandem to holistically relieve stress, promote a healthy mood, improve sleep quality, and generally help the brain function at its best.
At PeakBrain, you’ll find unique, individualized ways to unlock your potential and overcome obstacles preventing you from living at your peak.
How does neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback provides a mirror for your brain, allowing it to realize when it is entering into turbulent states of thought and self-correct. It’s a method of monitoring and analyzing brain waves in real time to identify when a harmful pattern of thought begins to arise. The brain is then given feedback alerting it to this negative behavior. At this point, the brain naturally returns to a more optimized state.
Your brain has a quality known as neuroplasticity, which basically means it is able to learn new behaviors. The ability to let go of detrimental thoughts and behaviors is simply a skill your brain can teach itself. Neurofeedback is a method for speeding up this learning process.
Who uses neurofeedback?
As neurofeedback helps the brain function better as a whole, it is used for a variety of reasons. The brain affects every aspect of life. Optimizing its thought patterns in general can produce improvements across a spectrum of common conditions.
Individuals struggling with ADHD have reported brain training resulted in better focus and concentration. Those with depression state that neurofeedback helped restore a positive outlook and motivation to re-engage in everyday activities. Athletes, executives, artists and others talk about how it has boosted their cognitive abilities.
These personal statements are backed up by a solid foundation of research and studies on the efficacy of brain training. See what scientists have discovered about neurofeedback
How long do the changes last?
Long-term studies have followed up with children and adults years after they received neurofeedback treatment. They found that if an individual received multiple sessions for an extended period of time, the changes continued to last long after the brain training had concluded. For example, this study discovered that children who underwent neurofeedback training for ADHD had maintained their improved functioning even two years later.
Are there any side effects?
Initially, some clients have reported feeling slightly tired after their first few brain training sessions. This has been seen more often in individuals struggling with sleep disorders, and is often a welcome benefit for them. At this point, no known adverse side effects have been found to be associated with the use of neurofeedback.
What happens during a session?
You will be seated in a comfortable chair. A certified, credentialed neurofeedback trainer will place electrodes on your scalp in a non-invasive manner, which will be used to monitor your brainwaves for turbulent patterns of thought. Once you are settled in, you will begin listening to relaxing music through a set of headphones.
At this point, the neurofeedback software will begin analyzing your brainwaves. When your brain begins to enter a disruptive mindset, you will hear a click or pause in the music. This feedback alerts the brain to re-enter an optimal pattern of thought. As your brain will self-correct itself subconsciously, you may undergo your neurofeedback training with your eyes opened, closed, or even take a nap.
QEEG and HEG sessions will have some minor differences in how they are conducted. Read about how hemoencephalography works
here, and how brain mapping assessments are carried out
How many sessions does it take to see results?
Many neurofeedback users report noticeable improvements after just a few sessions. Still, research has shown that it takes an average of 20-30 sessions for these changes to become established and lasting. Neurofeedback essentially teaches the brain how to avoid turbulent patterns of thought. It’s really no different than learning any other skill, such as driving a car. Many of the basics are acquired the first few times you’re behind the wheel, but it takes practice before driving becomes instinctual. Brain training works the same way.
Do I need a physician's referral for neurofeedback?
You can simply contact us directly to schedule your initial free consultation. If you are currently receiving medical treatment from a physician at the start of your brain training, you should undoubtedly remain in contact with them.
Is neurofeedback covered by insurance?
Neurofeedback coverage depends on each policy and plan. We will help you with determining whether your own plan covers our services. Increasing recognition of neurofeedback’s efficacy is finally beginning to build across the nation, and more plans are providing coverage. So far neurofeedback has received FDA approval for stress reduction, and the American Pediatric Academy recognizes it as a Level 1 “best support” treatment option for ADHD. In every case, we also provide to you all the information that you will need to file for coverage from your insurance carrier.
What makes PeakBrain different from other neurofeedback providers?
PeakBrain has researched the best advances and solutions in brain training technology across the globe, and now offers them in a professionally managed and customized program for each individual, along with professional coaching.
Our solutions include multiple systems of whole brain neurofeedback, biofeedback, hemoencephalography, and brainwave based meditation, all designed to improve the brain’s overall function.
Because of our customized targeted approach our clients see rapid and long lasting results in many areas of their lives without the impact of drugs or invasive procedures.