High-Performance Neurofeedback

HPN, High-Performance Neurofeedback, is a type of brainwave based biofeedback that has shown clinical efficacy in addressing the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Concussive Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, and Attention Deficit issues (AD/HD). Although it may seem contradictory, it can be calming, energizing, and mood-lifting simultaneously. Head pain often dissipates quickly. Foggy thinking and confusion typically give way to clear thinking and a more even, more elevated, and less emotionally reactive, mood.

While improved patterns of functioning can be tracked and documented via EEG, the operation of the system is not dependent upon EEG mapping of any kind. The HPN system is implemented using FDA approved (510 k) EEG hardware. It utilizes HPN protocols (software, hardware & procedural sequences) and runs on a PC under Windows.

This patented method generally works much faster, and often more effectively, than other types of neurofeedback. Four separate signals are developed simultaneously, sending minute current pulses through four unique, but overlapping paths through both the cortex and deeper structures of the brain. These signals contain information related to, but different from, the client's dominant EEG frequency. The effect is to “tease” the brain into re-distributing the energy in the unhealthy EEG patterns and thereby promote more optimal brain functioning.

While it may take 10-30 sessions (typically about 20) for effects to become lasting, the client frequently begins to notice the improvement with the first session, often before getting out of the chair. Sometimes this improvement is dramatic. At first, improvement is typically short-lived, often measured in days. By the completion of the appropriate set of training sessions, improvement is expected not only to last, but to continue increasing slightly on its own over time.

During a session, the system tracks the brainwaves (EEG, or electroencephalograph), and sends directly back to the brain tiny, imperceptible, ultra-low power signals that result in changes toward a more highly functioning brainwave pattern. In this way, the brain seems to learn new patterns of behavior and becomes de-habituated from “stuck” patterns that represent suboptimal processing, reorganizing itself naturally into a healthier and more flexible way of being. As the brain learns to function in this more efficient manner, it becomes accustomed to this higher-functioning way of being, and the effects last longer and longer. It’s as though the brain recognizes the reflection of itself, in its own language, and makes the appropriate adjustments, forming new habits in the process. Sessions require no conscious effort on the part of the client.

Rather than train the brain toward a pre-defined norm, more optimal brainwave behavior is simply encouraged on a moment-to-moment basis, allowing the brain to form the habit of more efficient functioning. The brain appears to “enjoy” this higher efficiency, and readily gravitates in his direction, as though hard-wired to do so.

These effects occur, independent of age, comprehension, or physical or mental capacity, although younger ages tend to respond more rapidly. The practitioner will frequently notice immediate changes in the brainwave patterns, and the client often notices the shift that occurs during the session. A typical client perception is first relaxed (and/or sleepy), then, by the end of the session, energized. Family and friends will likely begin noticing the shift in mood and behavior in the first 1-4 sessions, often on the ride home from the first session. Behavioral changes are frequently noticed first by family, then by the client. Headache and emotional volatility are frequently first to respond.

There is significant evidence of neuronal firing pattern normalization and stabilization, restoration of ANS (autonomic nervous system) balance, and an increase in ATP production and perfusion. Increased perfusion alone could give rise to acceleration of neuronal regeneration. There is also indirect evidence of neurotransmitter normalization:  as the EEG normalizes, medications, if any, must typically be titrated downward to maintain balance.

High Performance Neurofeedback is a fast and wonderfully effective method to achieve or restore peak performance.