Frequently Asked Questions
The Low Energy Neurofeedback System is an advanced form of biofeedback that stimulates the brain to reset itself for optimal functioning.
How does LENS Neurofeedback work?
An EEG reads your brain’s faint electromagnetic impulses. For fractions of a second the EEG software mirrors back those impulses. This mirroring causes a fluctuation in your brainwaves, allowing dysfunctional patterns to correct themselves.
How can LENS be effective with so many conditions?
Because the LENS process relies on the brain’s own wisdom to choose what needs healing, anything mediated by the Central Nervous System can be addressed, from physical head trauma to old psychological defenses to cravings and addictions, to memory and foggy thinking.
How is LENS different from traditional neurofeedback?
Conscious effort is not required on the part of the client. All that is necessary is to sit still for a few seconds, making LENS especially suitable for active children and people resistant to talk therapy. Lens requires less than half the number of sessions needed for active brain-wave training, making it much less expensive.
Does it work?
How many sessions will I need?
Each person is unique. A full course of treatment can be anywhere from 6 to 25 sessions, with 15 being typical. Children with mild concussions recover functioning quickly; older people with hereditary conditions take longer. Multiple symptoms are easier to treat than single symptoms.
Will LENS help my particular condition?
LENS is not a medical treatment for any specific disease, but a brainwave disentrainment that triggers relaxation and reorganization. Many conditions will improve. See Conditions.
Is it experimental?
This is not an experimental technique. Over 75,000 people have been treated since Dr. Len Ochs invented the Low Energy Neurofeedback System in 1994. LENS integrates state-of-the-art research in neuropsychophysiology and behavioral biophysics into an empirically driven, individually customized treatment.
Is it safe?
The LENS feedback signal is far less strong than the field around a digital watch. In fifteen years of use, there has never been a case of someone being harmed by LENS.
Can there be side effects?
In over 75,000 clients, LENS treatment has never caused new disorders. The body may, however, show temporary symptoms of dealing with brain changes, such as feeling light-headed, wired, or fatigued for a few minutes. Brain reorganization means disruption of old compensating habits–an unsettling. Repressed symptoms like headaches or ticks can reoccur temporarily until a new homeostasis is established. Typically, these healing indicators soon vanish.
Is LENS scientifically based?
Over a hundred research papers on the effectiveness of neurofeedback and LENS have been published. (Research). The National Institute of Health sponsored a study of LENS for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, and the government of the Netherlands conducted a large double-blind study of successful treatment of adult ADHD with LENS. Both studies are scheduled to be published in 2012.
Do you work with children?
LENS is particularly effective with children, and we are grateful to be located near several school s. LENS is research-based science, not a religion, so belief is not a requirement.
Will I lose my positive qualities?
Do I need to stop my medications?
It is not necessary to be off medications, drugs, or alcohol before LENS treatment. Please communicate with your prescribing physician about your ever-changing needs for medication. May people feel less interested in recreational drugs and alcohol after treatment with LENS. See Addictions
How will I know it worked?
Clients often say they feel clearer and more present after LENS treatment. But you are always inside yourself, so functioning better may seem ordinary and familiar, because you have experienced this kind of peak performance before in your best times. Parents, teachers, spouses or friends are often more surprised by a LENS participant’s improved moods and functionality than they are themselves.
So it’s a good idea to note some measurements before treatment. Ask yourself quantifiable questions: how long am I able to concentrate before being distracted, how often do lose my temper, how many hours a day am I usually awake and energized? How often do I crave my addictions? How many times a week do I wake up at 3:30am? How will I know if I my functioning in the world changed?
Where can I find more information on LENS?
Stephen Larson wrote a book about his experiences treating clients with LENS in his New York State clinic:
The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: the Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function (2006).
His website is www.StoneMountainCenter.com.
Dr David Dubin, clinical director for LENS in Los Angeles, has much useful information on his website:
Neuropsychologist Len Ochs, the inventor of LENS, has questionnaires you can download from his site and bring to your first session.
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