There are different methods of NeuroFeedback, Neuro, just like any other therapy. The practice I went to used the Loreta system and was able to accomplish the same amount of work in 30 sessions that would normally take 90 sessions with the its predecessor software. That is the main difference and I think its worth thinking about when looking for a Neuro provider.
The cost is much the same, as even though the Loreta system is more expensive you will have fewer sessions than with the other system. The other system costs less but you will have almost three times the number of sessions, which ends up costing about the same. You decide how long you want to progress and how quickly.
To explain what LORETA neurofeedback is we have to start by looking at what EEG signals actually represent – and what they don’t.
Despite EEG’s long history, for most of that time we haven’t really been clear about how signals detected at the scalp relate to actual local brain activity. If only we could do this it would be important as it would allow non-invasive, inexpensive, insight into real-time brain activity.
EEG is a useful indicator of some aspects of brain function but it’s not a direct measure of how information is being processed.
It’s a bit like putting your hands on your computer, feeling heat, realising that processing is going on inside but not being clear about where exactly that processing is taking place. LORETA is an attempt to link surface EEG signals to the brain areas that actually produced them. This is not a trivial problem as we shall see.
Courtesy of Anatomical Concepts in the UK: