HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED?
Most patients start with a 25 session program. During
a typical training program several different sites/areas of the brain are trained. Braincore therapy is not a "one size
fits all" therapy. All training programs are custom designed for each individual patient. Therefore 25 sessions are
required to create a baseline to properly monitor treatment progress, as well as, address multiple areas of the brain that
need to be trained separately or with a different type of feedback. And like all health conditions, not all patients
are the same. The severity of the symptoms and the neurologic composition of the brainmap (qEEG) will most likely correlate
to the total number of sessions needed to achieve the desired outcome.
IS THERE A PATIENT AGE MINIMUM OR
We typically accept neurofeedback patients ages 7 and up and there is no age maximum. However,
the maturity level of the patient plays a significant role. Also, to train, one must be able to understand that he or
she is controlling the feedback (video monitor, music, video game..etc).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST IF I DON'T HAVE INSURANCE?
The average cost for a neurofeedback session is between
$75 - $125. Prices vary depending upon the details and complexity of each case. Payment plans and financing
options are also available.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES EACH TRAINING SESSION TAKE?
A typical training session lasts 35 - 45 minutes depending on the type of training that is being performed.
HOW FREQUENT ARE THE TRAINING SESSIONS?
Three neurofeedback sessions per week is the standard.
Twice per week is the minimum. There is no maximum. Patients may train everyday if that best fits their upcoming
CAN I STILL TRAIN IF I AM ON MEDICATION?
Yes. Many of our patients begin neurofeedback therapy while
taking prescription medication for the involved diagnosis. However, as the patient begins to improve
from training their symptoms become less intense and the prescribed dosage may become more than is necessary.
Therefore, it is important to keep regular contact with the prescribing physician to assure the dosage levels remain appropriate.
This office does NOT prescribe or advise on any patient's drug prescriptions.
We understand that, for most, the goal is to eliminate the need
for medication altogether. However, that decision can only be made by the prescribing practitioner or other medical
Inhibitors: Other medications such as benzodiazepines, can inhibit
the effects of neurofeedback training. Marajuana and other non-allopathic drugs may also slow or interfere with
your training results as well.
WILL CONTINUOUS SESSIONS BE NESSESARY?
Once a training program is completed, a follow up qEEG is performed and
compared side by side to the initial brainmap analyzing the overall percentage of improvement. Additional sessions may
be recommended if Dr. Stiso finds there is a statistical probability of further improvement based on the post brainmap
Once a new neurologic connection is made within the brain, it is permanent.
However, it is important to understand that the old pathways are permanent as well and cannot be undone. In some cases,
a maintenance program of 4-12 sessions per year is recommended to reinforce the new neuropathways that were created during the
Braincore training sessions.
A common analogy is the ability to ride a bicycle. A
twelve year old is very good at riding a bike because it is their main mode of transportation and this action is reinforced
daily. Thirty years later, after that bicycle has been put away for many years, he or she still retains the ability
to ride but due to the lack of reinforcement (practice) they are not as proficient as they used to be.
In addition, at-home therapies such as heart coherence biofeedback, acoustically modified music
therapy or audio-visual entrainment may be recommended in addition to, or in place of, neurofeedback maintenance sessions.