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Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback work?

Based on your specific brain wave pattern, Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback sends an undetectable, microcurrent stimulation back to your brain. This stimulation helps to relax the brain’s nervous system- which allows the brain to “re-set” unhelpful neuropathways. The brain then reorganizes in a more stable way, creating new healthy brain wave patterns. The helpful pathways that you created remain intact, you will continue to reinforce those connections in your day to day life. These microcurrent stimulations have been associated with a reduction in anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, attention and impulsive responses and an increase in one’s ability to manage stress and day to day tasks. Anxiety and depressive symptoms- such as worry, hypervigilance, sadness, low motivation, fatigue, hyper/hyposomnia, irritability, agitation, moodiness and impulsivity to name a few- are also present in other mental health and medical diagnosis.

How should I prepare for my neurofeedback therapy session?

It is understandable to be nervous about your first session. Remember to be open and honest with your practitioner about how you feel- before, during and after. Do not make any medication changes on your own. If you take medication, all changes need to be directed towards and discussed with your prescribing doctor. Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback is not a medical intervention and should not be considered a replacement for any medically necessary intervention. Drink plenty of water before and after session. Some people may be tired after initial session- it may be necessary to have someone drive you home if you do not feel comfortable.

What to expect during and after a session?

During the session the practitioner will ask you a series of questions pertaining to your specific symptoms. If it is the initial session, the practitioner will review your intake form and ask any clarifying questions. If it is a subsequent session, the practitioner will ask you an update on presenting symptoms and an account for any “differences” you experienced this week.

The practitioner will then prep and attach the electrodes to various places on your head/neck. After a positive attachment signal is attained, the practitioner will start initialing stimulations or “stims”. The amount of “stims” varies per client and can even vary per session for an individual client depending on response. The entire process lasts from 15-30 minutes.

Improvements experienced by clients are identified as:

  • Calmness
  • Clarity
  • Energy
  • Optimism
  • General sense of wellbeing.

There is a chance that after the initial session or subsequent sessions, a client may experience “overstimulation.”

These are identified as:

  • Tired
  • Wired (easily excitable or emotionally reactive)
  • Spacey or Lightheaded
  • Headache

These temporary, mild side effects can last from minutes to days, with the latter being less common. If you experience any of the symptoms above, this is a positive sign that your brain is responding to treatment. If you are concerned or have any questions, please contact your individual practitioner.

Is Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback safe?

Yes. The actually microcurrent that is being transmitted is less than that of your cell phone when it’s held to your ear. This intervention has been used on thousands of people- not one has reported significant negative results. The Microcurrent Direct Neurofeedback software we use houses an FDA registered EEG amplifier- making it safe for clients of all ages. 

What to expect days after a session?

Take note of how long the relaxation, calmness, clarity or other positive response lasts.

Take note of how you respond differently to situations in your daily routine. These changes could present themselves in both emotional or even behavioral improvements. Are you bouncing back from a disagreement or setback more quickly than before? Did you call a friend when you felt sad or overwhelmed, instead of isolating? Did you feel calmer or experience less spinning to a triggering situation? You may still be reactive, but maybe the duration of the reaction is shorter, or the intensity is lower. 

 

How long is the course of treatment?

Most people require approximately 20 sessions with initial sessions scheduled twice a week, however this number and schedule can vary depending on the individual. You may require more than 20 sessions depending on the presenting problem, history and response to treatment. Initial improvements are temporary, and subsequent treatments are suggested so that improvements last longer. Some clients need “tune ups” every 3- 6 months even after the initial treatment protocol is complete. It is important to remember that initial improvements are temporary, and if you do not complete the full treatment protocol initial improvements are not likely to continue.
Boy recieving neurofeedback therapy
Boy recieving neurofeedback therapy
Boy recieving neurofeedback therapy

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