WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LENS AND STANDARD NEUROFEEDBACK IN RESIDENTIAL MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT? FIRST, LENS IS COMPLETELY PAINLESS. IT SENDS SMALL RADIO SIGNAL MUCH LESS THEN A CELLPHONE
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What is the LENS, and Who is Ochs Labs?
What Happens in a LENS Session?
Might the LENS Help Me?
Sometimes your actions astound you
Today you got that email.
While reading each word, your heart beats faster, your head gets hotter, and you simply cannot stop yourself from responding immediately, even though you know you shouldn’t.
Then you dig yourself in deeper
As in a scene from a movie, you watch yourself try to fix the problem, knowing full well you should not be doing this either. With each apology or attempt to explain, the problem gets worse.
A distant voice is telling you to just stop, but you can barely hear it over the sound of your own heartbeat pulsing in your ears as your anger at yourself grows more intense.
We’ve all had that day when we are too triggered by an event to act rationally, later regretting our actions.
We want freedom from this baffling trap. We want response flexibility.
Mindsight author Daniel Siegel explains, “Response flexibility harnesses the power of the middle prefrontal region to put a temporal space between input and action. This ability to pause before responding is an important part of emotional and social intelligence.”
LENS neurofeedback assists in creating response flexibility.
The Intelligence of LENS Neurofeedback
While all neurofeedback is good neurofeedback, FDA-certified LENS neurofeedback is more efficient and provides a deeper healing experience due to its sophisticated, groundbreaking design.
It works not by training your brainwaves, but rather by reading your brainwaves through EEG sensors and feeding them back to you carried on a wisp of electromagnetic energy (a trillion times less impactful than your cellphone), thereby allowing the intelligence of your own brain to heal itself.
A LENS treatment can assist with creating newer, healthier patterns by disrupting old ones. This gives you a boost toward making those changes you are already working on in therapy – both physiologically and mentally.
The entire process takes seconds, and the effects are profound.
The LENS, or Low Energy Neurofeedback System, is a unique and effective form of neurotherapy that facilitates changes in people of all ages with a wide variety of presenting issues. As a result, it has the capacity to address numerous symptoms and deficits. It is remarkably effective, and over 85% of people who have used the LENS have benefited significantly from it. Results can be seen quickly, often beginning within the first session, and are lasting. Patients across the lifespan, from young children to older adults, have benefited from LENS. What makes LENS different from other forms of neurofeedback? Each client’s EEG signals are unique to them and constantly changing. The LENS measures these ever changing signals of the client, and matches the feedback to the client’s own physiological (neurological) fingerprint.
Unlike LENS sessions, traditional neurofeedback sessions (1) require conscious effort and attention to stimuli by the client, (2) sessions last 45-60 minutes each, and (3) results are typically attained over 40 or more sessions. On the other hand, LENS does not require any focused attention, and the person does not need to do anything specific during the session. The sessions themselves last between a few seconds and a few minutes. Initial results are typically seen in 1-4 sessions, with the average number of sessions per client of 11. This makes LENS an excellent option for all individuals, including those who are unable to attend for lengthy periods of time and/or who are unable to understand instructions.
The LENS is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly that traditional Neurofeedback and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still. With the LENS, the client doesn’t need to “do” anything, and there is nothing to learn. The typical session with the LENS lasts 3-4 minutes. This means that the LENS works well for people who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for longer time periods. Additionally, the LENS works much faster than traditional Neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to an overall average number of sessions of 20. The LENS works well with problems of the Central Nervous System, which can be numerous. These include symptoms of anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy. These are all signs of Central Nervous System dysfunction which result in the body’s difficulty regulating itself.
How does the LENS work?
We apply sensors to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. Through a patented process, we then bring this information back to the client down the sensor wires to the person’s skin. The results are reduction and/or elimination of the symptoms which previously interfered with the client’s quality of life . The sessions are brief (usually 3-5 minutes), gentle (usually the client feels nothing during the session), and the changes are lasting with some exceptions: with symptoms of progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s and MS, the treatment needs to be ongoing to sustain the improvement alternative treatment modalities in mental health residential treatment.
What conditions does the LENS help with?
Cognition – Problems sequencing, memory, providing and maintaining attention, concentration, clarity and organization.
Mood – Anger, sadness, explosiveness.
Motor – Lack of grace, problems of eye-hand coordination, balance, increased muscle tone (from spasticity) and tremor.
Motivation – Problems initiating tasks, shifting from one activity to another, and/or completing tasks.
Anxiety – Problems of anxiety system activity (too much uncomfortably-contained energy), persistent “anxiety”, restlessness, rumination, agitation, distractibility, difficulty breathing, palpitations, tremor exacerbation, and sleep interruption.
Reactivity – Hyper-reactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
Pain – Brain-generated pain (miss-mapping the origins and qualities of signals), and vascular pain.
Addictions/Dependencies – Lack of clarity about emotions and self-comforting, defensiveness, argumentativeness and cynicism.
Fatigue – Fatigue; or fatigue as a phenomenon secondary to the effort of trying to overcome the pain and/or the above impediment to functioning more easily.
Performance Optimization – Increases in functioning in the above areas in absence of any diagnosis.
The LENS works well with symptoms of Central Nervous Symptom dysfunction. These include symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity, severely disruptive behavior disorders such as Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachment and Bipolar Disorder, Autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental delay, Cerebral palsy, concussive injuries, PTSD, Acquired Brain Injury, and Birth Trauma.
The LENS works extremely well with the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, no matter how long ago the incident occurred. The trauma can be from a physical blow, a concussive injury, a psychological incident (PTSD), or any other incident(s) which results in a decrease in cognitive ability. Many children have sleep problems that can be helped such as bed wetting, sleep walking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, nightmares, and night terrors. The LENS can also be helpful with many of the symptoms of adolescence including drug abuse, suicidal behavior, anxiety and depression. The LENS can also help in maintaining good brain function as people age.
Do the results of LENS last?
The LENS can’t do everything for everybody. But it can and has made a difference that other approaches have not provided, and in general, in a much shorter time. Matters are different when we are dealing with degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s or the dementias, or when we are working against continuing insults to the system, as may be the case in the autism spectrum. In such cases, the LENS sessions may need to be continued at some level over time.
If the problem being addressed is one of brain dysregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them.
At times there are unknown issues such as early-stage degenerative disease, allergies, strong reactions to some foods or pollens, or spills and falls leading to bumps on the head. In these instances longer courses of the LENS may be needed. And it may also be that some direct medical help may be the best course of action. The LENS can’t do everything for everybody. But it can and has made a difference that other approaches have not provided, and in general, in a much shorter time. Matters are different when we are dealing with degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s or the dementias, or when we are working against continuing insults to the system, as may be the case in the autism spectrum. In such cases, the LENS sessions may need to be continued at some level over time. Allergic susceptibilities and food intolerances may make it more difficult to maintain the gains. Poor digestive function will pose a problem, as does poor nutrition. A child living in a toxic environment (in either the physical or the psychological sense) may have more difficulty retaining good function.
What is the success rate with neurofeedback?
It turns out that among the vast majority of clients (>95% in one clinician’s experience,) the actual outcome exceeds the prior expectations. Against such low expectations, the changes that can be produced with the LENS may even appear miraculous. One EEG Biofeedback office has a sign on its front desk: “We expect miracles.” If none occur, something has gone wrong.” What appears miraculous in all of this is really nothing more than the incredible capacity of the brain to recover function when given a chance alternative treatment modalities residential.
Through our twenty five years plus of experience with the LENS, we have reached the point of having very high expectations for success in treatment. When such success is not forthcoming, or if the gains cannot hold, then there is usually a reason for that which needs to be pursued. In the normal course of events, neurofeedback ought to work with everybody. That is to say, nearly everyone should make gains that they themselves would judge to be worthwhile. Our brains are made for learning and skill-acquisition. On the other hand, we are working with many families whose expectations have been lowered by their past experience. And they need to see progress before they will share our optimism. We understand that.
Is neurofeedback a cure?
In the case of organic brain disorders, it can only be a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than of curing the condition. When it comes to problems of dysregulation, we would say that there is not a disease to be cured. Where dysregulation is the problem, self-regulation may very well be the remedy. But again, the word cure would not apply. We also have Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program.
“In the last 17 years I have used 10 different neurofeedback systems. LENS is the most user friendly of the systems and produces the fastest results, to the delight of my patients and myself. Many small children who struggle with or could not do traditional neurofeedback can easily be treated with LENS. It is the system I rely on. If there was a fire and I could only run out with one system, it would absolutely be the LENS. I highly recommend it in alternative treatment modalities residential.”
D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG, ECNS, Past President, International Society for Neurofeedback & Research, Psychologist & Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine.
“I like the LENS because there are so many new ways in which it is used. Many changes have come about in the LENS software over the last five years, and I appreciate how the use of the LENS applications is continuing to be refined by OchsLabs.”
Rano Thomas Mathew, M.D., Wilmington, NC
“Although I have been using neurofeedback with patients for well over twenty years and have four other systems active in my office, I now always start patients with LENS neurofeedback because it most consistently brings patients relatively quick relief of their distresses and disturbances and sets them on a course of a more fulfilling and spiritually balanced life; I’ve never before had so much fun helping so many tough cases.”
Thomas M. Brod, MD Los Angeles, California
I was astounded by the power and effectiveness of the LENS. I love the increased therapeutic effectiveness that the LENS offers. Not only has it reinvigorated my passion for my work, it has also been the single best investment in my practice I have ever made in alternative treatment modalities residential.
Jeffrey S. Rutstein, Psy.D. West Windsor, New Jersey
“Ultimately, LENS neurofeedback relaxes the mind and body to allow the person to become aware of and process the underlying issues supporting addictions; then the healing process can begin. I believe it’s the most efficient and effective way to do therapy.”
Allison Hartzoge, MA,BCN, LPC, NCC, Midland, TX
“Life can become simpler with LENS. For example, a gentleman I am working with has felt a much greater sense of clarity, ability to focus and set goals, and has been able to take himself through feelings of weakness successfully. He also has a greater sense of self respect and more realistic expectations of himself in general. Overall, he has been able to sift through the multi-layered facets of addiction with relative ease, and I think this speaks to his support network, his thoughtfulness, intelligence and the LENS.”
Dr. Megan Danz, Naturopathic Physician Palmer, AK
“Having the LENS neurofeedback system in my practice allows me to help people really ‘get over’ things that for 30 years I’ve been teaching them to cope with. My enjoyment of my work has multiplied enormously with that.”
Candia Smith, DMH California
The results I’ve seen since using LENS with a wide range of clients (from emotionally handicapped children with ADHD, Fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, the list is too long to enumerate) have far exceeded both my and my clients expectations!
Marion Roberts, Ph.D., Florida
“I have been providing neurofeedback services for 14 years. Several years ago I acquired a LENS – to use along with my other units. To my complete surprise, I now use the LENS, and only the LENS, for about 70% of my clients, because it is more effective and efficient in alternative treatment modalities.”
Douglas L. Starr, PhD Clinical Psychologist Gainesville, FL
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