106 La Casa Via, Suite 110
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Since 1990, Len Ochs, Ph.D., has developed the Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS), an advanced form of biofeedback which does not require learning or practice. FNS uses gently flashing lights as the feedback signal, and has resulted in rather significant alleviation of the effects of stroke, CVA, and spinal cord injury problems. Specifically, it has reliably improved:
- weight bearing
- irritability and explosiveness
- clouding of consciousness
- short-term memory
- attentional problems
- difficulty absorbing verbal and written material
- sleeping problems at night
- bowel and bladder incontinence
These problems often exist concurrently with EEG slowing, which consists of high amplitude, high variability, low frequency brain waves. FNS should been seen only as a reliable way, and a reasonably rapid way to reduce EEG slowing, and not as a treatment magically improving a wide variety of disorders; an outcome "too good to be true." At this point, 7 patients with paralysis and aphasia have been worked with, with less than one patient not finding significant increases in functioning levels. Because the numbers of patients with these symptoms are few, a great deal of variability can be expected in the course, duration, and degree of improvement from treatment.
The system, in general, operates by monitoring the person's brain waves, analyzing the EEG patterns, and using the ever-changing EEG patterns to continuously make the frequency of the flashing lights relevant to the person in treatment. Instead of evoking seizures, as many predicted, this has acted as an anticonvulsant, allowing people to safely reduce their medications. Nevertheless, patients on anticonvulsants need careful medical management.
Most of these patients are light sensitive. The first phase of the treatment desensitizes them to the light stimulation, at which time frontal EEG slowing is strongly decreased. The next phase of treatment involves systematic discovery and treatment of all other sites of EEG slowing on the scalp.
There is no conscious learning or practicing involved. People sit in their chairs, eyes closed, and rest from 5 minutes, to 20 minutes (on average), to a couple of hours of treatment. Daily treatment is most effective and reduces total numbers of sessions needed. Paralysis from stroke or spinal cord injuries does respond, but it takes hundreds of sessions. We first train patient care-takers in a two week program, and then send equipment home with these long-term-treatment individuals with monthly follow-ups and request periodic video-taped re-evaluations by the rehabilitation specialist of their choices.
Patients with catastrophic problems often experience temporary (but intense) negativism and anger as they become clearer as a normal event in their functional improvements. Since FNS is a non-psychotherapeutic procedure, it is always important for the patients to have competent, adjunctive psychotherapeutic treatment and support at a level commensurate with the seriousness of any behavioral problems.
The treatment code for FNS is 90901.