What Is LENS Neurofeedback San Diego?

LENS is a technique that can help improve performance and enhance abilities without the need for medication. LENS Neurofeedback is Low Energy Neurofeedback System. The LENS is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly that traditional Neurofeedback relief in Weeks not Months and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still. 

While LENS Neurofeedback is direct training typically provided by health professionals such as psychologists, family therapists, and counselors. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment and that information is brought back to the person by way of the sensors.  Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation.  Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimal brain performance and function. Self-regulation training allows the nervous system to function better. 

LENS Neurofeedback Vs. Traditional

Utilizing LENS Neurofeedback is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly that traditional Neurofeedback and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still.  With the LENS Neurofeedback, the client doesn’t need to “do” anything, and there is nothing to learn.  The typical session with the LENS Neurofeedback lasts 3-4 minutes.  This means that the LENS Neurofeedback San Diego works well for people who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for longer time periods. Additionally, the LENS Neurofeedback works much faster than traditional Neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to an overall average number of sessions of 20. The LENS Neurofeedback works well with problems of the Central Nervous System, which can be numerous. These include symptoms of anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.  These are all signs of Central Nervous System dysfunction which result in the body’s difficulty regulating itself. 

How does the LENS Neurofeedback San Diego work?

We apply sensors to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by

computer, and extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies.  Through a patented

process, we then bring this information back to the client down the sensor wires to the person’s

skin.  The results are reduction and/or elimination of the symptoms which previously interfered

with the client’s quality of life.  The sessions are brief (usually 3-5 minutes), gentle (usually the

client feels nothing during the session), and the changes are lasting with some exceptions: with

symptoms of progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s and MS, the treatment needs to be

ongoing to sustain the improvement.

What conditions does the LENS Neurofeedback help with?

  • Cognition – Problems sequencing, memory, providing and maintaining attention, concentration, clarity and organization.

  • Mood – Anger, sadness, explosiveness.

  • Motor – Lack of grace, problems of eye-hand coordination, balance, increased muscle tone (from spasticity) and tremor.

  • Motivation – Problems initiating tasks, shifting from one activity to another, and/or completing tasks.

  • Anxiety – Problems of anxiety system activity (too much uncomfortably-contained energy), persistent “anxiety”, restlessness, rumination, agitation, distractibility, difficulty breathing, palpitations, tremor exacerbation, and sleep interruption.

  • Reactivity – Hyper-reactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.

  • Pain – Brain-generated pain (mismapping the origins and qualities of signals), and vascular pain.

  • Addictions/Dependencies – Lack of clarity about emotions and self-comforting, defensiveness, argumentativeness and cynicism.

  • Fatigue – Fatigue; or fatigue as a phenomenon secondary to the effort of trying to overcome the pain and/or the above impediment to functioning more easily.

  • Performance Optimization – Increases in functioning in the above areas in absence of any diagnosis.

The LENS Neurofeedback works well with symptoms of Central Nervous Symptom dysfunction. These include symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity, severely disruptive behavior disorders such as Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachment and Bipolar Disorder, Autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental delay, Cerebral palsy, concussive injuries, PTSD, Acquired Brain Injury, and Birth Trauma.

The LENS Neurofeedback works extremely well with the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, no matter how long ago the incident occurred.  The trauma can be from a physical blow, a concussive injury, a psychological incident (PTSD), or any other incident(s) which results in a decrease in cognitive ability. 

Many children have sleep problems that can be helped such as bed wetting, sleep walking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, nightmares and night terrors.

The LENS Neurofeedback can also be helpful with many of the symptoms of adolescence including drug abuse, suicidal behavior, anxiety and depression.

The LENS Neurofeedback can also help in maintaining good brain function as people age.

Do the results of LENS Neurofeedback last?

If the problem being addressed is one of brain disregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities and thus reinforce them. At times there are unknown issues such as early-stage degenerative disease, allergies, strong reactions to some foods or pollens, or spills and falls leading to bumps on the head.  In these instances longer courses of the LENS Neurofeedback may be needed. And it may also be that some direct medical help may be the best course of action. 

The LENS Neurofeedback can’t do everything for everybody.  But it can and has made a difference that other approaches have not provided, and in general, in a much shorter time.  Matters are different when we are dealing with degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s or the dementias, or when we are working against continuing insults to the system, as may be the case in the autism spectrum. In such cases, the LENS Neurofeedback sessions may need to be continued at some level over time. Allergic susceptibilities and food intolerances may make it more difficult to maintain the gains. Poor digestive function will pose a problem, as does poor nutrition. A child living in a toxic environment (in either the physical or the psychological sense) may have more difficulty retaining good function. Click here to see what the creator of LENS Oshslabs has on this subject.

What is the success rate with LENS neurofeedback San Diego?

It turns out that among the vast majority of clients (>95% in one clinician’s experience,) the actual outcome exceeds the prior expectations. Against such low expectations, the changes that can be produced with the LENS may even appear miraculous. One EEG Biofeedback office has a sign on its front desk: “We expect miracles.” If none occur, something has gone wrong.” What appears miraculous in all of this is really nothing more than the incredible capacity of the brain to recover function when given a chance.

Through our twenty five years plus of experience with the LENS, we have reached the point of having very high expectations for success in treatment. When such success is not forthcoming, or if the gains cannot hold, then there is usually a reason for that which needs to be pursued. In the normal course of events, neurofeedback ought to work with everybody. That is to say, nearly everyone should make gains that they themselves would judge to be worthwhile. Our brains are made for learning and skill-acquisition. On the other hand, we are working with many families whose expectations have been lowered by their past experience. And they need to see progress before they will share our optimism. We understand that.

Is LENS neurofeedback a cure?

In the case of organic brain disorders, it can only be a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than of curing the condition. When it comes to problems of disregulation, we would say that there is not a disease to be cured. Where disregulation is the problem, self-regulation may very well be the remedy. But again, the word cure would not apply.

“In the last 17 years I have used 10 different neurofeedback systems. LENS is the most user friendly of the systems and produces the fastest results, to the delight of my patients and myself. Many small children who struggle with or could not do traditional neurofeedback can easily be treated with LENS. It is the system I rely on. If there was a fire and I could only run out with one system, it would absolutely be the LENS. I highly recommend it.”

D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG, ECNS, Past President, International Society for Neurofeedback & Research, Psychologist & Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine.

“I like the LENS because there are so many new ways in which it is used. Many changes have come about in the LENS software over the last five years, and I appreciate how the use of the LENS applications is continuing to be refined by OchsLabs.”

Rano Thomas Mathew, M.D., Wilmington, NC

“Although I have been using neurofeedback with patients for well over twenty years and have four other systems active in my office, I now always start patients with LENS neurofeedback because it most consistently brings patients relatively quick relief of their distresses and disturbances and sets them on a course of a more fulfilling and spiritually balanced life; I’ve never before had so much fun helping so many tough cases.”

Thomas M. Brod, MD Los Angeles, California

I was astounded by the power and effectiveness of the LENS. I use it both alone and in conjunction with psychotherapy with uniformly positive results. I love the increased therapeutic effectiveness that the LENS offers. Not only has it reinvigorated my passion for my work, it has also been the single best investment in my practice I have ever made.

Jeffrey S. Rutstein, Psy.D. West Windsor, New Jersey

“Ultimately, LENS neurofeedback relaxes the mind and body to allow the person to become aware of and process the underlying issues supporting addictions; then the healing process can begin. I believe it’s the most efficient and effective way to do therapy.”

Allison Hartzoge, MA,BCN, LPC, NCC, Midland, TX

“Life can become simpler with LENS. For example, a gentleman I am working with has felt a much greater sense of clarity, ability to focus and set goals, and has been able to take himself through feelings of weakness successfully. He also has a greater sense of self respect and more realistic expectations of himself in general. Overall, he has been able to sift through the multi-layered facets of addiction with relative ease, and I think this speaks to his support network, his thoughtfulness, intelligence and the LENS.”

Dr. Megan Danz, Naturopathic Physician Palmer, AK

“Having the LENS neurofeedback system in my practice allows me to help people really ‘get over’ things that for 30 years I’ve been teaching them to cope with. My enjoyment of my work has multiplied enormously with that.”

Candia Smith, DMH California

The results I’ve seen since using LENS with a wide range of clients (from emotionally handicapped children with ADHD, Fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, the list is too long to enumerate) have far exceeded both my and my clients expectations!

Marion Roberts, Ph.D., Florida

“I have been providing neurofeedback services for 14 years. Several years ago I acquired a LENS – to use along with my other units. To my complete surprise, I now use the LENS, and only the LENS, for about 70% of my clients, because it is more effective and efficient.”

Douglas L. Starr, PhD Clinical Psychologist Gainesville, FL

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