Introduction to LENS Neurofeedback
What is Direct aka LENS Neurofeedback Used For?
There are multiple things that neurofeedback can target and help improve. It is important to note that Direct Neurofeedback is not a specific treatment for anyone disorder but is an adjunct to mainstream medicine and not meant to replace it.
Neurofeedback has been found to help in the symptoms and behaviors related to:
- Anxiety and OCD
- Autism and Aspergers
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia
- Headaches and Migraines
- Learning Disabilities
- Mood (anger, rage, sadness)
- PTSD and Developmental Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Direct Nuerofeedback vs. Regular Neurofeedback
As noted earlier, there are different ways to go about changing brain waves. The simplest way to differentiate between traditional neurofeedback and Direct Neurofeedback (LENS) is that Traditional Neurofeedback is “retraining” your brain while Direct Neurofeedback is “disrupting” negative patterns in the brain to get it “unstuck.”
Both types of neurofeedback place multiple sensors on a scalp and use computer software to display an electroencephalogram (EEG) of the clients’ brain.
Traditional Neurofeedback uses images, sounds, or lights to “reward” the client when the machine detects that they have managed to put their brainwaves in the target frequency range. In contrast, Direct Neurofeedback (LENS) sends a small signal that disrupts the brain from generating brain waves in its stuck patterns. The main benefits of using Direct Neurofeedback (LENS) is that initial results are noted more quickly, sessions are shorter, and fewer sessions are needed overall.