In recent years a lot of very positive research has taken place about neurofeedback. Even though it has been around since the 1960s it has only received significant acceptance in the last 10 years. A lot of this is because the scientific community took a very long time to accept brain plasticity as a concept.
Also, trials are difficult and expensive. Of course, there are countless user positive stories., including in the use of neurofeedback with babies and animals – neither of which would respond to a placebo.
The following website page lists a lot of diverse research:
There are also many good books that testify to the wonders of neurofeedback. Top USA Journalist Jim Robbins wrote an excellent book: A Symphony in the Brain charting the history and rise of neurofeedback and outlining extraordinary efficacy in alcohol addiction and epilepsy for example as well as trauma in general.
And top trauma expert, the psychiatrist Dr Bessel Van de Kolk cites neurofeedback as a top intervention for trauma. Read for example his book: The Body Keeps the Score
The conservative Food and Drugs Adminstration (FDA) in the USA approved neurofeedback as a support for relaxation and has approved some devices for the treatment of ADHD
Every month, 50,000 sessions of NeurOptimal take place around the world in 23 countries
NeurOptimal ® has now existed for 20 years and many millions of sessions have taken place with amazing outcomes
In 2014 Zengar Institute Inc – the makers of NeurOptimal ® , carried out a survey of NeurOptimal trainers (practitioners) supervised by an independent PhD scientist ( CHARLENE ZEITSMA, University of Victoria )
(note: No claims are actually made that the below conditions can be treated by NeurOptimal which is a brain training not a treatment – we are reporting on the feedback given by users of NeurOptimal)
They reported significant efficacy in many conditions as per the following list:
1. • Anxiety • Hypervigilance
2. • Stress • Stress-Related Issues • Relaxation • Tension • Feeling Overwhelmed • Over-Reactivity • Sleep
3.• Depression • ADD • ADHD • Hyperactivity
4. • Headaches • Migraines • Focus Issues
5. • Concentration • PTSD • TBI • Abuse • Trauma
6. • Head/Brain Injury • Autism • Panic Attacks • Fatigue
7. • Attention • Learning Disorders
8. • Self-Esteem • Self-Confidence • Self Image • Body Image
9. • OCD • Cognitive Functioning
10. • Fears • Eating Disorders • Social Difficulties • Burnout • Bi-Polar • Pervasive Developmental Disorder • Personality Disorders: Borderline & Personality Instability • Depression • Mood disorders • Personal/Spiritual Growth
11. • Meditation • Rebalancing • Addiction • Night Terrors/Nightmares • Relationships/Communication • Dysphoria/bad mood • Fibromyalgia • Aspergers Syndrome • Motivation • Alertness • Academic Performance/School Performance • Foggy-Head/Mental Clarity
12.• Car Sickness • Lyme Disease • Negative habits/attitudes • Managing Transitions between psychiatric medications • Boundaries for highly sensitive people • Managing medical treatments like cancer drugs • Impulsive Behavior • Reducing need for medications • Ability to plan • Studying • Positive thinking • Cerebral Lesions • Cravings (of any sort) • Hysterical conversion • Congenital Brain Damage • Self Regulation of Behavior • Psychosis • Dyslexia • Coordination • Excellent with non-verbal clients • Argumentativeness • Energy •Increased resilience in the face of change • Improved immune response • Down’s Syndrome • Self-mutilation • Any chronic issue where nothing else has helped.