IS NEUROFEEDBACK SAFE?
YES, Neurofeedback is very safe!
Neurofeedback is FDA approved.
Side effects have never been reported by the FDA.
Side effects are rare. If a symptom arises, it will be temporary, transient, and will already be a symptom the person has previously experienced or currently experiences. Neurofeedback is safe because the brain is simply self-correcting, based on responding to being given the opportunity to witness its own activity. Nothing is being done to the brain.
The intake questions will include learning about what an individual person's nervous system does when under stress? Nervousness, poor sleep, headache? If a person has, or has had a tendency to have headaches in the past, for example, then a headache could be a possible side effect for that person, but not otherwise. If a symptom or uncomfortable sensation arises, the symptom is used as a guide to training, to resolve it quickly, which helps to guide training into a person's optimal state of comfort, where they are most relaxed, most alert, and most comfortably able to focus. We call this optimal zone the "Sweet Spot." Exercising the brain within the Sweet Spot is reinforced over a number of sessions, resulting in a more consistently comfortable, relaxed and present state.
An important common positive side-effect commonly reported is a lessening dosage amount of medications needed. Sometimes a need for a medication is eliminated. Though a lessening need for medication is a desirable side-effect, it is imperative a person makes all prescription medication adjustments safely under the supervision of their prescribing doctor. Changing or eliminating some prescription medications without supervision is sometimes dangerous or life threatening.
Chiropractors are "drugless practitioners." It is outside of their scope of practice to prescribe or manage prescription medications, thus referrals are given upon request.
Dr. Deborah Murphy - Ojai Chiropractor & Neurofeedback
111 W Topa Topa St Ste 3 Ojai, CA 93023
Neurofeedback is considered adjunctive, ancillary, and supportive care for a person's medical, mental, or alternative health care practitioner's treatment, and is not a stand-alone treatment. While receiving Neurofeedback, always work in conjunction with an appropriate licensed medical or mental health professional, regarding diagnosis and treatment of the underlying condition.