About Ochs Labs
The concept of Low Energy Neurofeedback was first introduced by Len Ochs in the 1980s. After introducing his ideas to several national forums, he established Ochs Labs to further develop and hone Low Energy Neurofeedback concepts and the technology behind it.
Since then our providers and their patients have reported many forms of success using our unique and effective form of neurotherapy. Over 85% of people who have used the LENS have benefited significantly from it. Results can be seen quickly, often beginning within the first session, and are lasting.
Unlike traditional neurofeedback sessions, LENS:
1) Does not require conscious effort and attention to stimuli by the client.
2) Sessions last, on average, a few seconds to minutes each.
3) The number of sessions, on average, hovers around 11 necessary sessions.
Low Energy Neurofeedback System
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.
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.
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?
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 – Hyper-reactivity, hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivities.
Pain – Brain-generated pain (mismapping the origins and qualities 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.
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…
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.
D. Corydon Hammond, PhD., BCIA-EEG, ECNS
“In the last 17 years I have used 10 different neurofeedback systems. LENS is the most user friendly of the systems and produces the fastgest results, to the delight of my patients and myself. Many small children who struggle with or could not do traditional neurofeedback can easily be treated with LENS. It is the system I rely on. If there was a fire and I could only run out with one system, it would absolutely be the LENS. I highly recommend it. “
Allison Hartzoge, MA, BCN, LPC, NCC
“Ultimately, LENS neurofeedback relaxes the mind and body to allow the person to become aware of and process the underlying issues supporting addictions; then the healing process can begin. I believe it’s the most efficient and effective way to do therapy.”
Rano Thomas Mathew, M.D.
“I like the LENS because there are so many new ways in which it is used. Many changes have come about in the LENS software over the last five years, and I appreciate how the use of the LENS applications is continuing to be refined by Ochs Labs.”
Dr. Megan Danz
“Life can become simpler with LENS. For example, a gentleman I am working with has felt a much greater sense of clarity, ability to focus and set goals, and has been able to take himself through feelings of weakness successfully. He also has a greater sense of self respect and more realistic expectations of himself in general. Overall, he has been able to sift through the multi-layered facets of addiction with relative ease, and I think this speaks to his support network, his thoughtfulness, intelligence and the LENS.”
Marion Roberts, Ph.D.
“The results I’ve seen since using LENS with a wide range of clients (from emotionally handicapped children with ADHD, Fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, the list is too long to enumerate) have far exceeded both my and my clients expectations! ”
Jeffrey S. Rutstein, Psy.D.
“I was astounded by the power and effectiveness of the LENS. I use it both alone and in conjunction with psychotherapy with uniformly positive results. I love the increased therapeutic effectiveness that the LENS offers. Not only has it reinvigorated my passion for my work, it has also been the single best investment in my practice I have ever made.”
Douglas L. Starr, Ph.D.
“I have been providing neurofeedback services for 14 years. Several years ago I acquired a LENS – to use along with my other units. To my complete surprise, I now use the LENS, and only the LENS, for about 70% of my clients, because it is more effective and efficient.”