Honolulu Biofeedback

Frequently Asked Questions

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that utilizes real-time monitoring of brain activity to provide visual or auditory feedback, helping individuals learn to self-regulate their brainwave patterns. It can be used to address various conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, insomnia, and cognitive performance enhancement.

How does neurofeedback work?

Neurofeedback works by measuring brainwave activity using sensors placed on the scalp. This information is then processed and displayed in real-time as visual or auditory feedback to the individual. Through repeated sessions, the brain learns to self-regulate and optimize its activity, leading to improved functioning and symptom reduction. The process is safe and painless, allowing individuals to actively participate in their own brain training.

What conditions or issues can neurofeedback help with?

Neurofeedback has shown promise in addressing a wide range of conditions, including anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, insomnia, migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and cognitive performance enhancement. However, it’s essential to have a consultation to assess your specific needs and determine if neurofeedback is a suitable treatment option for you.

Is neurofeedback suitable for children?

Yes, neurofeedback can be an effective treatment option for children. It has been used to help children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. However, the suitability of neurofeedback for a child would depend on their specific condition and individual circumstances. It’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional experienced in pediatric neurofeedback to determine if it’s the right approach for your child.

What can I expect during a neurofeedback session?

A neurofeedback session typically involves the placement of sensors on your scalp, which measure your brainwave activity. You will then engage in an activity, such as watching a movie or playing a game, where the feedback is provided in real-time. The therapist will guide and monitor the session, ensuring your comfort and progress. The number of sessions required may vary depending on your goals and the nature of the condition being treated.

Are the results of neurofeedback permanent?

The effects of neurofeedback training can be long-lasting, but it’s important to note that individual results may vary. Neurofeedback aims to train the brain to self-regulate and optimize its activity, leading to improved functioning and symptom reduction. However, maintaining the benefits typically requires periodic reinforcement sessions or lifestyle changes. The duration of the effects will depend on various factors, including the individual, the condition being treated, and their commitment to the training process.

Is neurofeedback safe?

Neurofeedback is considered a safe and non-invasive treatment method. It does not involve the use of medication or surgical procedures. The sensors used for measuring brainwave activity are placed on the scalp and do not emit any harmful radiation or electrical impulses. However, as with any treatment, there may be some potential risks or side effects, which can be discussed with your healthcare professional during the consultation.

How long does a neurofeedback session typically last?

Neurofeedback sessions can vary in duration, but they typically last between 30 minutes to an hour. The exact duration may depend on factors such as the specific protocol being used, the individual’s needs, and the therapist’s recommendations. During the initial consultation, the therapist will provide you with an estimated timeframe for your sessions.


Kari Leong


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