Neurofeedback has proven to be an effective and durable treatment to improve brain function without the use of medications. The process of retraining your brain is painless, noninvasive, and can treat a variety of issues including learning disabilities, behavioral issues, accident-related injuries, medical problems, psychological disorders, performance disability, and physical manifestations.
For the majority of neurotherapy patients, completion of treatment means maintaining improvements durably and indefinitely. There are some situations where a few follow up neurofeedback sessions can be highly effective. We refer to these sessions as boosters, and they can be utilized for the following cases and goals.
- Enhancing Performance
Booster sessions will help to continuously enhance the performance of students, athletes, executives, dancers, and others. Booster sessions are considered valuable training for the brain, and are a great way to maintain the progress you have already made. Additionally, there is no limit to the amount of progress your brain can make through this training and your brain function will continue to improve.
- Preparation for Important Events
Clients often return for booster sessions right before important events in which optimal performance is key. Examples of such events include tests, presentations, recitals, tryouts, sports events, or the beginning of a new sports season. These sessions are a refresher for your brain, and they allow you to perform optimally. Clients often come into Advanced Neurotherapy, stating that a booster session before an event is their ‘secret weapon’ to success.
- Maintenance of Child Development
If your child has completed neurotherapy, a few booster sessions a year can be an effective way of enhancing your child’s improvements. Children are still in the developmental phases of their lives and the brains are constantly changing. As this happens, booster sessions help them continue to improve and maintain the progress already made.
- Discovery of New Cognitive Issues
After completing neurotherapy, returning for booster sessions can be useful in the treatment of new cognitive issues of which clients may not have been aware. These issues can then be assessed and treated accordingly.
- Changes in Continuous Medical Treatment or Medical Status
Clients with illnesses that require continuous medical treatment such as dialysis or chemotherapy often find benefit in booster sessions. Medical treatments and changes in medical status have the ability to affect mood, mental functioning, and memory sharpness, which could cause setbacks. Neurotherapy may also be useful in counteracting the effects of general anesthesia. Additionally, certain chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy or stroke often result in longer term treatment.
- Hormonal Shifts
Hormonal shifts during adolescence, menopause, andropause, or even after a change of medication can produce changes that affect mental function. As your body adjusts to these changes, booster sessions help your brain to maintain the progress already made.
- Head Injuries and Trauma
If any kind of trauma to the head occurs during or after neurotherapy, Advanced Neurotherapy refers to this as reinfection, and booster sessions can counteract setbacks caused by the reinfection. Head trauma incidents include car accidents, falls, sport related head injuries, concussions, and sub concussion events.
- Severe Emotional or Physical Stress
After completing treatment, if a client experiences severe physical or emotional stress caused by other situations in life, such as surgery or grief, they can come in for booster sessions. Stressors can cause setbacks and derail progress.
- Demands Have Increased
Often times in life, people encounter certain periods where suddenly the demands for what is expected of them have increased. These events can be anything from moving into a higher grade level, taking the SAT’s, or getting a promotion at work. In order to adjust to this change, people often come for booster sessions in order to ease the adjustment and ensure their brain is functioning to its highest potential.
- Depression and Anxiety
Clients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders can benefit from booster sessions. If needed, boosters can help maintain control of symptoms of these disorders and similar disorders over time.