Overview of Neuro-Gen HPN, 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 it may take 20-30 sessions, sometimes more, 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.
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.
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. The method is patent-pending.
HPN generally seems to work much faster, and often more effectively, than most other systems that are based on providing signals to the brain. 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 re-distribute the energy in the unhealthy EEG patterns and promote more optimal brain functioning.
The system includes hardware interface and software, and is comes complete with a Welcome Kit of leads and supplies needed to get started. A complimentary remote install is included, along with complimentary technical support for a year. There is a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on the hardware. The software runs on the Windows operating system (XP, 7 or 8.1). Customer supplies the computer, typically a multi-core laptop running at 2GHz or better, with a minimum of 4GB RAM and at least one USB (2.0 or better) port. For best performance, avoid Atom processor or other minimalist systems.
The system price includes a 3-day Level-I Training Workshop for Clinicians. Since the hardware is FDA cleared for biofeedback, sales must be to a licensed clinician, or by order of one.
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