Most experts within the neurofeedback field compare the process to physical exercises but designed to strengthen the brain. Unfortunately, just like working out a muscle at the gym, mental fatigue is common after a neurofeedback session is concluded. But what other side effects have been reported when undergoing this type of brain training, and are there any long-term concerns that an individual undergoing neurofeedback should be concerned about?
Although brain training is highly similar to physical exercise or muscle building, the human brain often responds to this training differently. That means instead of feeling soreness or aching within a muscle, you are more likely to feel the same level of exhaustion that comes with intense mental focus when learning a new skill or language. This occurs because the brain is being pushed to modify its behaviors – a process that it is not used to dealing with in such a short time. While possible, this is not typical long-term and may only be a side effect during the start of treatments.
Short Term Emotional Impacts of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is essentially a structured exercise plan for your brain. Since it is not a medication-based process, traditional ‘side effects’ are not generally expected. However, individuals that have undergone severe trauma or are experiencing other emotional conditions could feel a swelling of those emotions as the brain is attempting to regulate or modify them. This can often be equated to strengthening a previously injured muscle and finding that it still has some lingering pain that must be dealt with before strengthening it and moving forward.
Many people will report an increase in vivid dreams after starting neurofeedback until their brain can reach a more balanced position. Although, the individuals that are most prone to what could be considered true side effects are those with head trauma or some other physical brain injury. Since these conditions make a person more sensitive to neurofeedback’s processes, it may induce dizziness, light sensitivity, nausea or other conditions as the brain function becomes more regulated. This is part of the process and will diminish as the brain reaches a more centered position.
During a neurofeedback session, your brain activity will be monitored to determine if the brain is being overworked or if the training being used should be adjusted for a better result. Often, these changes are seamless, and any brain maps or intake forms available will give a good idea of what side effects are possible. At Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists, we want to ensure absolute comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire process. That way, you can retrain your brain without worrying about what potential side effects may occur.
How Can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists Help?
Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists is here to help you self-regulate your brain to treat a variety of conditions. Consider Neurotherapy to give your mind the tools to effectively manage your symptoms and start achieving regular, healthy brainwave activity with consistent training and support. We invite you to read more about the Neurofeedback process or book your free consultation to get started.