Is Neurofeedback a cure? In the case of organic brain disorders, the goal is to help the brain function better, thereby reducing symptoms. In the case of disregulation, we would suggest that there is no condition to be cured. When disregulation is the the issue then better self-regulation can be the key to symptom relief and/or elimination of symptoms. However the word cure would not apply. Do training effects last? In order for the effects of neurofeedback to last the client needs to have completed a sufficient number of Neurofeedback sessions, which can vary for each client. Generally speaking at least 5- 10 sessions need to be done after symptom relief has been achieved to help the pattern become more innate. If you stop doing neurofeedback while symptoms are still flared up then the results will not likely stick.
It is possible that certain clients may experience a relapse of symptoms. Relapse can be triggered by events such as injury, sickness, trauma, or extreme stress. Genetic and biological variables in addition to environmental factors can also play a role in relapse in symptoms. Many clients experience results that hold and do not require any maintenance sessions. However, some clients may require a few maintenance sessions in order to maintain treatment benefits, if this is necessary it does not typically take many sessions to once again achieve symptom relief as the brain can usually quickly revert back into the newly achieved healthier patterning.
In the case of certain neurological problems, spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, and severe chronic pain ongoing neurofeedback may be required to maintain benefits, home systems are available, when appropriate, for these cases. In the case of degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, the goal is more to slow the process and help the brain deal more effectively with what resources are still available, the primary goal is symptom reduction, cognitive maintenance, and increasing the quality of life for these individuals.
How many sessions are needed for symptom relief? The number of sessions needed to achieve symptom relief is highly individualized. Generally speaking 20 sessions is a minimum. Although clients may achieve symptom relief after only one or two sessions, repetition and continued training are necessary for the new patterns to be maintained. Clients usually notice very quickly if they are getting the desired symptom relief.
How often are treatments needed? Most often people start with two or three treatments per week. As symptom relief is achieved and maintained the frequency of sessions are reduced.
What happens if someone is taking medication? With successful Neurofeedback training, medications targeting brain function may no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages. It is vital that clients communicate with their prescribing physicians regarding Neurofeedback and medication.