Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)
Neurofeedback, in the traditional sense, is brain training. The practitioner of the neurofeedback treatment is able to observe the brain in action using an electroencephalogram (EEG). The information from the EEG is then returned to the patient through leads placed on the scalp. Using Skinner’s reward principle, the brain is rewarded when all brainwave patterns (Alpha, Delta, Theta, ect.) are in the proper hertz ranges. The reward to the brain can be given auditorily or visually. For example, the client may be watching a moving picture that stops when the brainwave patterns are out of the proper hertz range. The brain wants to see the picture move and figures out how to adjust its own hertz ranges to see the picture moving again. This is “training” the brain to self-regulate. Self-regulation training allows the nervous system to function better.
The Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) is a specific kind of neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly than traditional neurofeedback and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who have a hard time sitting still. With LENS, the patient does not have to do anything and there is no “training.” The LENS treatments last from two to thirty seconds for most clients, per site. Traditional neurofeedback treatments; however, can last up to forty-five minutes. Even when we are treating multiple sites in one session, the client is done with treatment in fifteen to twenty minutes. This is very beneficial for those who cannot sit and pay attention to a computer screen for nearly an hour.
One of the most valuable aspects of LENS is the lack of side effects the client experiences. Because LENS is not training the brain but allowing the brain to self-correct, the client will not experience side effects that they may with traditional neurofeedback. The brain does not function in a manner that it sees its own brainwave patterns and suddenly comes up with a completely new behavior. Furthermore, the strength of the stimulus or feedback is 1/400th the strength of a watch battery, making it a safe modality of treatment. However, it is still strong enough for the brain to be able to pick up the stimulus on the scalp and recognize that the feedback that it is reading is actually itself.
Here at Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling, we have completed over 4,000 LENS sessions with clients who have a vast array of issues. The issues that can be treated with LENS are cognition issues (sequencing, memory, maintaining attention, concentration, clarity, and organization), mood (anger, sadness, and explosiveness), motor skills (lack of grace, eye-hand coordination, balance, and increased muscle tone), lacking motivation, anxiety/stress/worry, hyper-reactivity/sensitivity, addictions/dependencies, fatigue/sleeplessness, and helps with pain management. LENS also works will with symptoms of Central Nervous Symptom dysfunction, which includes symptoms of ADD, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, Reactive Attachment and Bipolar Disorder, concussive injuries, PTSD, brain injuries, birth trauma, and more.
If you are looking for innovative technology versus medication to manage the symptoms you currently have, LENS treatment may be the treatment you are looking for. At Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling, here in Loveland, Colorado we strive to provide the best alternative treatment we can. As a patient to a LENS provider, before making it a part of my practice, I experienced the powerful healing LENS provides and it was life changing for me. From my personal experience, I highly recommend it.
Some information in this blog was taken from “What is Neurofeedback?”, www.ochslabs.com
Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling is located in Loveland, Colorado. We specialize in counseling, LENS treatments & helping you feel like yourself again. We hope you enjoyed our blog post above and welcome you to reach out with any questions or to see how we can help you.