What neurofeedback device should I buy?
5 keys to success the first
You’re looking for something else to increase the effectiveness of your practice. You’ve started to poke your nose into Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy, and you’re starting to get a little crazy. I can perfectly understand … I went through the same thing. Let me put some order. When you get to the end of this post you will get things a bit clearer.
What a mess!
If we mix (1) an unknown new field, (2) that there are different types of neurofeedback, and (3) that each manufacturer uses 2 or 3 names for their equipment, (=) the result is a big mess.
How to put things in order?
Neurofeedback is a technique for modulating the brain waves in a more functional way. Classical neurofeedback (from the 1970s) uses reward and punishment (ie, operant conditioning) to change the amplitude of the theta, alpha, SMR, and beta waves that are being trained.
This technique has been enriched from its birth:
using multichannel montages: 2, 4 or 19 electrodes
using normative databases: z-score neurofeedback
training frequencies below 1Hz: ILF (Infra Low Frequency) and SCP (Slow Cortical Potentials)
training deep brain structures: sLORETA neurofeedback
sending back small electrical or electromagnetic signals: LENS and pEMF
guiding the training with a previous qEEG (quantitative EEG)
5 keys to consider
I asume that all neurofeedback equipments are effective. Then, what should you look at to make the decision? Here are 5 keys to success:
# 1 Session time. The session time plays a decisive role and will determine if you can combine neurofeedback with your practice or if on the other hand you need to add extra time by yourself and / or your patient.
# 2 Ease. Depending on how technology-friendly you are, the ease of learning and managing the equipment you choose will enable your rapid and effective access to Neurofeedback. A bad choice can make you despair and give up.
# 3 Price. Some neurofeedback equipments involve an investment above 10,000 and up to 30,000 euros. Others are sold by installments or even rented.
# 4 Return on investment. Even if you want the best for your patients, a balance between costs and benefits will allow you to guarantee the financial viability of your project for helping more and more people. Your currency of exchange are the fast and notorious results, which lead to patient loyalty and its recommendation to others.
# 5 Technical and clinical support. Having someone “by your side” in the difficult moments that will come (I can assure you) will prevent them from interfering negatively in the development of your practice and will save you from many headaches.
You are the soul of your practice
I recommend that the final decision be based on HOW YOU ARE, and not only on the alternatives you have on the market, as if it was a partner with whom you’re going to spend the rest of your life: you must understand, respect, adapt – and of course, love each other.
The neurofeedback device that you buy is like a partner
with whom you’re going to spend the rest of your life.
If you settle for little, HRV biofeedback is a basic tool that will help you by making your patients gain self-regulation ability by improving their breathing.
If you have enough time to thoroughly apply the techniques that you learn, traditional neurofeedback will fit with you.
If you are thinking of hiring someone, eeg-Info trains ILF frequencies and will allow you to lead the treatment through a tight clinical guide.
If you are not afraid to complicate your life, Neurofield puts at your disposal equipments that combine neurofeedback, qEEG, HRV biofeedback, pulsed magnetic stimulation (pEMF) and transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS).
If you want to focus solely on neurofeedback, then sLORETA neurofeedback will allow you to normalize Brodmann areas, deep brain structures, wave amplitude, phase and coherence, to optimize brain functioning.
If you want to remain being a therapist and incorporate a tool at your practice that boosts your results making your work easier, then LENS Neurofeedback is your choice.
To know more about how much does a neurofeedback device cost, reads this post.
Learn more about LENS Neurofeedback by reading the questions and answers that other therapists have already made.
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