LENS Neurofeedback

lens n lea2Mentor Dr Len Ochs, Founder of  LENS Low Energy Neurofeedback System

I have been using LENS therapy (Low Energy Neurofeeback System Therapy) to help hundreds of children improve their learning ability and minimise symptoms of those on the autism spectrum disorders. Here are two examples:

  • A two year old boy was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. He was without speech and eye contacts. He has been receiving the LENS therapy and now at 16 years old, he passed all his school gradings, and ready for his ‘N’ Level examination this year.
  • Another girl, aged ten, was diagnosed with global delay development. I have been giving her traditional neurofeedback therapy weekly for the first 2 years. Gradually, we switched her to LENS therapy on monthly basis, and further reduced the therapy frequency to quarterly basis. She passed her NT examination, and proceeded to graduate with a Nursing certificate in ITE. Today, She is a full-time Nurse.

What is Neurofeedback ?

Neurofeedback is direct training typically provided by health professionals such as psychologists, family therapists, and counselors. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment and that information is brought back to the person by way of the sensors. 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. 

What is LENS :

The LENS is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly than traditional Neurofeedback and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still. With the LENS, the client doesn’t need to “do” anything, and there is nothing to learn. The typical session with the LENS lasts 3-4 minutes. This means that the LENS works well for people who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for longer time periods. 

Additionally, the 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 11. The LENS works well with problems of the Central Nervous System, which can be numerous. These include symptoms of anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy. These are all signs of Central Nervous System dysfunction which result in the body’s difficulty regulating itself. 

How does the LENS work?

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. Through a patented process, 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.

Utilizing LENS

It may be utilized as the primary modality, or as an adjunct to other therapies. Patients across the lifespance, from young children to older adults, have benefited from LENS. 

What makes LENS different from other forms of neurofeedback? 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 feedback to the client’s own physiological (neurological) fingerprint. 

What conditions does the LENS help with?

  1. Cognition – Problems sequencing, memory, providing and maintaining attention, concentration, clarity and organization. 
  2. Mood – Anger, sadness, explosiveness.
  3. 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.
  4. Reactivity – Hyper-reactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
  5. Motor – Lack of grace, problems of eye-hand coordination, balance, increased muscle tone (from spasticity) and tremor.
  6. Motivation – Problems initiating tasks, shifting from one activity to another, and/or completing tasks.
  7. Pain – Brain-generated pain (mismapping the origins and qualities of signals), and vascular pain.
  8. Addictions/Dependencies – Lack of clarity about emotions and self-comforting, defensiveness, argumentativeness and cynicism.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Session Details

LENS does not require any focused attention, and the patient does not need to do anything specific during the session. The sessions themselves last between a few seconds and a few minutes. Initial results are typically seen in 1-4 sessions, with the average number of sessions per client hovering around 11.

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. 

Over 30 years of experience…

Globally, through our 3 decades of experience with the LENS, we have reached the point of having very high expectations for success in its application. In the normal course of events, LENS neurofeedback will be helpful for nearly everyone. Our brains are neuroplastic, created for cultivation, and are highly adaptable. 

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