What is NeurOptimal?
Developed by Clinical Psychologists, NeurOptimal™is the world’s first and only Dynamic Neurofeedback brain training system. Working directly with the central nervous system, brain training with NeurOptimal® can help improve cognitive and physical performance, enhance focus and deepen sleep.
“I feel more focused, patient and calm. I can think more clearly and am more comfortable in social settings. I have improved recall of details. I can read more easily both silently and orally and I instinctively know my right from my left. The symptoms of vertigo are significantly reduced – I have better balance walking and can now run up and down stairs at home easily.”Patient, post head injury
How does NeurOptimal Work?
NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback is an EEG Biofeedback system that works with your central nervous system to bring it to its highest level of emotional and cognitive functioning. It can help you with specific cognitive, emotional or physical challenges (e.g. anxiety, ADHD, depression, sleep issues) as well as enhance personal growth (resilience, confidence, passion) and help you achieve an artistic or athletic performance edge (motivation, productivity, getting in the “zone”).
NeurOptimal focuses on the central nervous system (CNS) with the goal of calming the CNS so that it works more effectively and efficiently. As the CNS calms, symptoms and issues related to a wide variety of conditions start to gradually fade away.
NeurOptimal monitors your brain waves via EEG technology and gives your brain feedback when it is not operating efficiently. This feedback helps your brain to re-organize and normalize itself. By working with your brain at its own pace and in the order that is right for you, NeurOptimal is free of side effects and has been proven to have long-term benefits. The training itself is simple, safe, non-invasive and effortless on the part of the user. All of the complexity is contained in the system itself, as it monitors your brainwaves and sends an auditory signal back to the brain prompting it to adjust as needed.
Session by session your central nervous system will learn new and improved ways of operating by making the best use of your brain’s neural resources. The result is a better you: more centered, focused and creative: less reactive or anxious.
Recent studies demonstrate positive benefits from NeurOptimal training for people with insomnia and for “chemo brain” sufferers and show neurofeedback training to be just as effective as Ritalin for treating children with ADHD.
NeurOptimal reads the electrical activity of your brain using five sensors connected to your ears and scalp – 256 times per second. It detects moment-to-moment changes, including those times when your central nervous system displays the turbulence that all systems in nature produce when shifting from one state to another. That shift might be a loss of focus, anxiety about past or future, hyper-vigilance or depression – whatever is going on for you.
“I have a better feeling of wellness. I was more positive about doing stuff at home, organizing things. I wanted my bridge game to improve and I was playing on the computer and things were going more smoothly and I had a clear organized picture in my head. In a live game I was playing pretty naturally. Recall was still an issue but I was able to see what I had and what to play.”
When your brain activity shows signs of turbulence, the music within the NeurOptimal software is momentarily interrupted. The brain notices this subtle cue that brings it back to the present moment, away from the anxiety or negative thinking. It’s like holding a mirror up to the brain – your brain learns when it is stuck on repetitive thoughts or when it is jumping around inefficiently. With repeated training sessions, the brain learns to “reset” itself, to return to its baseline quickly and function more fluidly.
NeurOptimal brain training is like having a personal trainer or yoga instructor – the system points out and helps you correct your form as you train. Over time, NeurOptimal adjusts itself automatically in response to your brain’s activity, individualizing the training to your brain’s functioning. As you get better, the level of brain training increases automatically. With practice, your brain fitness naturally improves and you become more flexible and resilient.