Low-Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)
The brain emits different types of waves, depending on whether we are in a focused state or daydreaming. The goal of neurofeedback is to teach a person to produce brain-wave patterns that reflect focus. The result: Some symptoms of ADHDâ€”impulsivity and distractibilityâ€”diminish. The low-energy neurofeedback system (LENS) works differently: It doesnâ€™t try to reproduce this or that brain wave but enhances the brainâ€™s ability to adapt to a task, whether it be a test in school or struggling to get along with friends.
Developed by Dr. Len Ochs, in 1992, LENS has had extraordinary results using weak electromagnetic fields to stimulate brain-wave activity and restore brain flexibility. A controlled study of 100 subjects with different diagnosesâ€”ADD, traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorderâ€”showed that 90 percent of them did better after LENS.
How It Works
If you decide to undergo LENS treatment, a practitioner will first take a detailed family history and do a brain map. â€œThe map will show connectivity problemsâ€”sites that are under-connected and over-connected,â€ says Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., author of The Healing Power of Neurofeedback and a LENS practitioner at the Stone Mountain Center, in New Paltz, New York. â€œSome sites of the brain are like a city in a blackout.â€
Based on the map, the practitioner will treat four brain sites per session with radio frequencies, produced by a machine to which the patient is hooked up. The radio frequencies will gently stimulate those areas that are sluggish, and will take the edge off high-frequency sites. â€œMost of the session is spent talking to the patient about whether the last treatment improved symptoms,â€ says Larsen.