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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 alleviations of the effects of chronic fatigue. Specifically, it has reliably improved:
- clouding of consciousness
- short-term memory
- attentional problems
- difficulty absorbing verbal and written material
- low energy during the day
- sleeping problems at night
- movement problems
- problems initiating activities
These problems 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, 15 patients with chronic fatigue have been worked with, with less than one patient not finding significant relief from the above problems. 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.
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, although at times these individuals are so sensitive them be unable to tolerate more than short or infrequent sessions, while at other times they may need very long (three-hour) and frequent sessions. Average numbers of treatments for chronic fatigue is 50.
People who have had functioning problems prior to their chronic fatigue take the longest to work with, and with very complex problems it could easily run near 100 sessions.
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.