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Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)

Suzy Babcock offers LENS at GMAPersonally, I was intrigued and fascinated by the idea of a LENS treatment; something that seems so simple that can be helpful for many different things. I was nervous, excited, and hopeful to see some improvement in my emotional health, as I do not suffer from any health complications but I do have some anxiety and occasional irritability (mostly by accident, taken out on my boyfriend—poor guy!) and it was said that LENS could be helpful in the emotional department.

–Kaitlyn G.

The LENS, or Low Energy Neurofeedback System, resets the neural-connectivity of the brain. It allows the brain to communicate better with itself, and in doing so the brain optimizes its own functioning. As a result,

FAQs on LENS Treatment

What is Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)?
How is the LENS different from other types of Neurofeedback or Biofeedback?
How does the LENS work?
Is the LENS compatible with other treatments?
What conditions can LENS help with?
Do the results of the LENS last
What is the success rate with the LENS?
How do I prepare for a treatment?
What is involved in a treatment?
How many treatments will I need?
How do I schedule an appointment in the office?
Is there anything I can/should purchase?
Is it safe?


What is Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)?

The LENS, or Low Energy Neurofeedback System, resets the neural-connectivity of the brain. It allows the brain to communicate better with itself, and in doing so the brain optimizes its own functioning. As a result, it has the capacity to address numerous symptoms and deficits. Results can be seen quickly, often beginning within the first session, and are lasting.

Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimal brain performance and function. Self-regulation training allows the nervous system to function better.

How is the LENS different from other types of Neurofeedback or Biofeedback?

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 treatment to the client’s own physiological (neurological) fingerprint. Traditional neurofeedback requires conscious attention to stimuli for sessions that are 45-60 minutes long. Results are typically attained over 40 or more sessions.

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, and results are typically seen in 1-20 sessions. 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.

How does the LENS work?

The LENS works by disrupting the maladaptive patterns or looping mechanisms that the brain has acquired in response to acute conditions such as birth trauma, concussion resulting from a sports accident, addiction, anoxic event, etc. The LENS encourages the brain to release these inhibitive patterns, and adapt a higher functioning neural circuitry.

Is the LENS compatible with other treatments?

LENS may be utilized as the primary treatment approach, or as an adjunct to other therapies. Patients of all ages, from young children to older adults, have benefited from LENS.

What conditions can 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 – Hyperreactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
Pain – Brain-generated pain (mismapping the origins and qualitites 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.

Since the day of my treatment a few weeks ago, I have actually noticed a significant change in my anxiety levels, which has been so refreshing! Moments where I would normally become anxious or have bouts of irritability (for example, when my puppy chewed up a pair of my favorite shoes a few days ago…) I have actually felt a lot calmer and at ease with handling stressful situations that arise. I have noticed that I am not making a “huge deal” out of things anymore, rather, I’m in a position where I will sit down and think things through rationally, when I honestly wouldn’t normally do while I’m upset. This has truly been a blessing for me; as it is so nice to be able to handle stressful moments calmly and take things with a grain of salt. My life has been happier because of all of this, and I never would have expected that just one treatment of LENS could do so much for me.

Kaitlyn G.

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Do the results of the LENS last?

If the problem being addressed is one of brain disregulation, then the answer is yes. 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 falls leading to bumps on the head. In these instances longer courses of the LENS may be needed. It may also be that some direct medical help may be the best course of action.

With degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s or the dementias, or working against continuing insults to the system, as may be the case in the autism spectrum, 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 the LENS?

It turns out that among the vast majority of clients the actual outcome exceeds the prior expectations. When success is not forthcoming, or the gains cannot hold, 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.

How do I prepare for a treatment?

No preparation is required.

The treatment starts out with the practitioner placing very small electrode pads to specific spots on your head. In my case, Suzy placed them in seven different spots on the left side of my head — however, depending on one’s sensitivity and/or medical situation, someone may have less or more. With closed eyes, these electrode pads transfer the extremely small amounts of EEG frequencies to your brain, one electrode pad to one site at a time. I didn’t feel any pain, discomfort, really anything at all; interestingly enough–as we continued on towards the back of my head–I did feel as though my vision seemed to become clearer, which Suzy said she has heard before. In my case, the procedure itself took maybe 30 minutes or so but this may not be the case for everyone. Afterwards, I felt calm and my temperament was very even. Suzy said that this is normal and asked me to pay attention to myself and my body for any changes over the next few days to weeks and I went on my way; simple as that!

Kaitlyn G.

What is involved in a treatment?

The treatment itself consists of sitting quietly in a comfortable chair with your eyes gently closed. 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. 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.

How many treatments will I need?

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. Your first appointment will include an assessment as to how long you may need treatment.

How do I schedule an appointment in the office?

You may contact the main office at (707) 575-5180 to make an appointment. No referral is required for existing patients.

Is there anything I can/should purchase?

You do not need to purchase anything for LENS treatment.

Is it safe?

The LENS is extremely safe.

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