What Is The Best At-Home Neurofeedback Device?
You’ve heard that neurofeedback can help you feel calmer, keep you focused, help manage stress, and even improve cognitive function. But you want to know more.
You have questions like….
“Does it really work?”
“Can you do neurofeedback at home?”
“What is the best at-home neurofeedback device?”
If you have questions about neurofeedback, you’re in the right place. Today we’re going to talk about what neurofeedback is, how it can help you, and take a look at the best at-home neurofeedback device on the market.
What Is Neurofeedback?
You might have heard that neurofeedback is like biofeedback for the brain. But what exactly does that mean? Biofeedback is a technique that helps increase the mind-body connection by giving you information about your physical body. A biofeedback device can measure your heart rate, breathing patterns, blood pressure, and even skin temperature.1
Biofeedback gives you information about your body so that you can make connections between your thoughts, feelings, and your body’s physical response. Once you have this information you can make corrections. By using biofeedback you can learn your body’s response to stress and regulate it. Learning to regulate your body can help you feel better mentally and physically.
Neurofeedback is very similar in that you have a device giving you information about the electrical activity in your brain so that you can self-correct or self-regulate. Neurofeedback teaches your brain self-control by giving your brain a signal when it shifts in an unpleasant way. Getting this signal allows your brain to self-correct in a way that feels better for you.
Neurofeedback is like physical fitness for your brain and more people are brain training for overall wellness. Although neurofeedback continues to gain popularity, it’s not a new concept. Neurofeedback – and all of the positive health benefits it has – has been researched for decades.
Two Types of Neurofeedback
If you’re new to learning about neurofeedback, there are two different types, linear and nonlinear.
Linear is the first generation of neurofeedback – the first neurofeedback discovered. With linear neurofeedback, your brain’s electrical patterns are monitored. A trained practitioner gets a baseline or brain map of this activity. After this information is collected they compare it to what is considered a normal, healthy brain. The goal of linear neurofeedback is to help shift your brain back to “healthier” or “normal” brain patterns.
With linear neurofeedback, the practitioner decides how your brain will be trained which means their credentials, experience, training –and even intuition–are critical to your success.
You can think of non-linear neurofeedback as the second generation of neurofeedback. It’s a brain training system that gives you feedback about your brain’s electrical activity without trying to shift your brain waves toward a “standard.” Non-linear neurofeedback gives your brain information about its own electrical patterns without comparing you to anyone else. It’s not about a statistical norm but rather about you and your own potential. When your brain receives this information, it will reliably move toward its own optimization.
Non-linear neurofeedback is just giving your brain information about itself and allows your brain to self-correct in real-time. There is only one non-linear neurofeedback device on the market, NeurOptimal®, and is accredited by the FDA as a general wellness device.
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What Is The Best At Home Neurofeedback Device?
Whole Family Neurofeedback is committed to giving you the best information about neurofeedback. Since there is only one nonlinear neurofeedback device on the market, we believe the best at-home neurofeedback device is NeurOptimal®. Not only does data and science back this up but we believe this because we’ve used it in our family and have seen great results.
Whole Family Neurofeedback was created after we experienced so many benefits from doing neurofeedback. I found NeurOptimal® after dealing with fatigue, feelings of overwhelming stress, and difficulty regulating my mood. I wanted long-term results – a “top-down” approach for overall wellness. After a few sessions, I woke up feeling refreshed for the first time in 20 years.
NeurOptimal® also helped my daughter with complex needs go from struggling to do 30 minutes of homework to doing her schoolwork independently. Neurofeedback helped her increase focus and resilience. She went from a C, D, F student to an A, B Honor Roll student.
Do At-Home Neurofeedback Devices Work?
The short answer to this question is, yes at home neurofeedback devices work. It’s important to note that when we discuss the best at-home neurofeedback device, we are talking about NeurOptimal® neurofeedback.
Be aware that there are many technologies marketing themselves as neurofeedback that aren’t. Sometimes they are enticing because they are less expensive options but many of these products are actually microcurrent stimulation which is not true neurofeedback. With true neurofeedback, there are no electrical currents stimulating the brain. These less expensive options are also not regulated. NeurOptimal® is the only non-linear neurofeedback device on the market FDA designated as a general wellness product. And it’s backed by data. You can contact us any time, and we’ll share the research with you.
So you might be wondering, how does NeurOptimal® at-home neurofeedback work?
When using NeurOptimal® you’ll have sensors hooked up to your scalp and ears which monitor your brain’s electrical activity. Then you listen to music or watch a movie during a session. Once the device recognizes patterns that are unpleasant it will briefly pause what you’re listening to. This pause brings your awareness back to the present moment.
Most of us respond to situations out of habit. With at-home neurofeedback, bringing your brain back to the present moment allows you to become aware of your environment and learn to respond to situations in a different way.
Your brain already has the ability to detect differences and minimize discomfort. Neuroptimal® technology helps your brain do this by giving it information about itself.
NeurOptimal® measures the brain’s activity 256 times per second and takes four different measurements which is more than any other neurofeedback system. So feedback is given in real-time.
The Benefits of Neurofeedback
There are so many benefits to neurofeedback. It all depends on what your goals are.
Do you want to …
- Live a healthier lifestyle?
- Feel more relaxed?
- Create better sleep habits?
- Keep your brain healthy and fit as you age?
- Feel calmer, more relaxed?
Whatever your goals are, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback can:
- Promote relaxation and healthy sleep habits
- Improve mental acuity
- Help you feel calmer and more certain
- Help you become more flexible and resilient in the face of day-to-day stressors
- Enhance learning capacity
- Keep your brain fit
- Promote an overall healthy lifestyle
You can try neurofeedback to promote a healthier lifestyle while coping with any of the following:
- Attend Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic Illness
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD)
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- And more
NeurOptimal® at-home neurofeedback helps you become more flexible and resilient which makes what you’re coping with easier.
Are you interested in learning more about at-home neurofeedback?
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