Portland Neurofeedback Offers In-Office Sessions of LENS, Othmer/EEG & NeurOptimal®, and
Rental Systems of NeurOptimal®
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a scientifically proven way to improve the way you feel and function in the world by improving how your brain operates.
It is a noninvasive, organic process that does not change who you are. It’s still you. It is you just in a better mood or with an increase in confidence, focus and performance. Neurofeedback is an alternative to medication for most issues that stem from the brain. It is a journey into the possible. What is your potential?
Who Can Benefit from Neurofeedback?
“Anybody with a brain”, we like to answer, with a smile! Neurofeedback is used on toddlers and seniors, by the sick and the well, by those not functioning at their best, to those who excel at what they do.
How would you know if your brain is not functioning at its best?
Ask yourself what stands in the way of you being or achieving what you would like in your life. If you are feeling off and not maximizing your potential, it’s possible your brain could use some hurdle help. Have you experienced times when you have felt “on target".... maybe even invincible, untouchable, where you are mentally in your “A-game”? Or where you have felt clear, poised, and more "in the moment"? Or maybe warm, safe, connected and loving? During these moments your brain is organized, your Central Nervous System is flexible and resilient to whatever challenges it faces, and you’re reaping the benefits in the moment.
Neurofeedback is like defragmenting your "hard drive". Suddenly it’s easier to get out of your own way and access your “A-game”. Roadblocks can fall away and life can just seem easier, more in flow. No matter where you are starting from, every brain has a potential best, its own level of optimal flow and function. It doesn’t matter if you are a peak performing athlete or performer, or if you are struggling with brain fog, a Traumatic Brain Injury, relationships, or your studies in school — given the right information about itself, every brain can reveal its very best. Neurofeedback can help you be your best YOU!
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback offers information to the brain about what it has just done, which the brain can then use to organize itself. It is like holding up a mirror to the brain, so that it can see how it is functioning....what it is doing well, and what needs improvement. But how does it do that?
During a Neurofeedback session you will wear ear clips and small sensors on your head. These pick up the delicate electrical activity of your brain. At Portland Neurofeedback, we offer three different Neurofeedback protocols. Each system relays information to your brain via a computer software system. With one system, the feedback is received audibly, while listening to beautiful music or watching a movie (for kids). With another system, the feedback is receive both visually and auditorily. Consciously, the feedback has no meaning for us — in fact we may not even notice the feedback. But unconsciously our brains understand their own feedback, get very excited about the revelation, and go to work for our benefit.
Imagine you are walking along a path on the side of a cliff in the dark. You’d probably be floundering. But then a flashlight is shone showing the cliff's edge. The flashlight doesn’t tell you what to do, but now you can use the extra information you have (the location of the cliff edge) to walk more certainly along your path. Your brain learns from the information it is given until, over time and without your conscious awareness or effort, it learns to organize itself more efficiently.
Neurofeedback is simple. But its simplicity belies its power. It’s powerful because it communicates directly with your brain, and there is nothing to interfere with that. The software system does the evaluation. It decides what information your brain needs, based on hundreds of thousands of recorded sessions. Ultimately it’s your brain effectively communicating with itself and making its own changes. Period. Think about that! Your brain really does know best.
Do The Results Last?
Doing Neurofeedback sessions is a bit like learning to read — minus the hard work! Once you know how to read, you can’t not know. So yes, it lasts. But if you don’t read for a very long time, you might get a little rusty. Then once you jump back in and read again, your brain catches up and you are off and running!
Once you have done enough sessions for you, you are good to go. And then if you get thrown off by something happening in your life, a session or two can usually get you right back to where you were.....feeling better, doing better, and thinking better! Your brain will let you know when it wants or needs a session!