Neurofeedback Therapy: Pros and Cons

Lately, there has been an increase in news coverage about neurofeedback therapy. Touted as being an amazing scientific breakthrough, this type of therapy provides the medical industry a way to treat various disorders regarding our brain function. ADHD, depression, and even eating disorders, as well as many others.

For the person that is considering neurofeedback therapy, you should consider these factors:

  • Neurofeedback can be expensive and not all healthcare insurance plans cover it. With treatments costing as much as $150 or more per session, it becomes unrealistic for many. Many healthcare professionals offer payment plans.
  • Neurofeedback is non-invasive and safe. Most people that have had this type of therapy say have said is comfortable and enjoyable. The electrodes that are attached to the scalp with a special water-soluble gel only transmit from the brain to the EEG device. Nothing is sent to the brain.
  • The side effects are minimal, almost non-existent. Some people have said they feel tired afterward, but that is cured by taking a nap. The settings can be adjusted if the tiredness is after up each session or last longer. Some patients have had some reaction to the gel.
  • The neurofeedback efficacy is still being studied, but there has been nothing but solid positive evidence to date. Such as with patients that have been diagnosed with After thirty or forty sessions, they found their symptoms to be gone.

Experts have found that the best results from neurofeedback therapy come when the treatments are performed in the environment that gives the patient the most problems.  Such as students do better when they are in a classroom setting. As with any treatment, each person’s results may vary.