LENS stands for Low Energy Neurofeedback System. It is a form of EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback that can be helpful for many neurological based conditions. LENS treatment seems to help a wide variety of problems because of its unique action on the brain. LENS therapeutic action is not to attack a particular symptom, illness or disease, but instead it helps balance the brain and central nervous system. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation and central nervous system flexibility. The patient is not required to do anything, as the entire process is passive. The treatment comes from using small doses of weak radio waves, about 4000 times less than a cell phone, directed by the information given by the EEG reading.
LENS was developed by Dr. Len Ochs as an off-shoot of traditional neurofeedback. Where traditional neurofeedback evaluates the brains frequencies and tries to get the brain to change its activity in a certain area, usually by speeding frequencies up if too slow or slowing if too fast, LENS allows the brain to make its own self correcting adjustments. LENS does not assume that we as doctors know better than the brain. We let the brain do the work! Because of this, LENS neurofeedback can operate much faster than traditional neurofeedback and can be much more useful for people who cannot sit still or focus.
LENS neurofeedback is a truly holistic and naturopathic way to approach brain health as, just like other naturopathic therapies, it serves to stimulate the healing capacity of the body and normalize disrupted physiology.
Common conditions that can benefit from LENS neurofeedback
Cognition - organization, recall, sequencing
Mood -anger, reactivity, sadness
Memory - recall,
Motor deficits -balance, hand-eye coordination, tremor
Anxiety -agitation, over-stressed, restlessness, sleep disturbance, palpitation
Fatigue - tiredness, exhaustion
Pain - central nervous system mediated pain
Motivation - task initiation and completion
Clarity - focus, processing
Focus and Performance - increased functioning in the above areas without particular diagnosis.
LENS neurofeedback works well in addressing symptoms of central nervous system dysfunction. These symptoms can be found in conditions such as ADD, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, PTSD, seizures and birth trauma. Other problems that LENS treatment can improve include, bedwetting, night terrors, teeth grinding, sleep walking, addiction, depression, suicidal behavior and many others.
What does a LENS session look like?
Before your visit we begin by having you fill out a series of questionnaires that give us information on how to best guide the treatment. This will inform us as to how sensitive, reactive and resilient your system is.
Your first visit will involve an intake and mapping session with no feedback. This will give us a pictographic and graphical representation of the frequencies present in the brain.
Subsequent sessions vary in time from 15 to 30 minutes and are guided by the neurofeedback map and your response to treatment.
After each session, you will be asked to re-assess various symptoms to track improvement. LENS sessions are typically once per week, but may be more or less frequent depending on response to treatment.
How will I know when I am done with treatment?
That depends, everyone responds differently to treatment and some people have other health factors that may influence their improvement. In most cases we expect to see improvements occur within 10 treatments, some as quickly as 1-2, but results are highly variable, some sooner, some longer. The average number of treatments is often around 20.
Do the results last?
If the problem is arising in central nervous system dysregulation, then neurofeedback can correct this and create lasting results. In some cases there are circumstances such as allergies, infection, digestive or nutritional factors that require longer courses, or continued treatment. In the case of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and the autism spectrum we are working against continuing insults to the system, which often require some level continued LENS treatment.
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