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 alleviations of the effects of head injuries. Specifically, it has reliably improved:
- irritability and explosiveness
- 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 post anaesthesia or during
- chemotherapy for cancer treatment
These problems exist concurrently with EEG slowing, which consists of high amplitude, high variability, low frequency brain waves. EDS 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, 55 head injured patients have been worked with, with less than 2% (one patient) not finding significant relief from the above problems. The one patient who was unsatisfied had an unresponsive post-traumatic chronic headache, although her lifelong (pre-accident) short-term memory problem improved to the extent that she no longer needed a note pad throughout the day.
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. The results have been holding for the people finished five years ago, in fact, once they have started improving again, their improvements have continued to evolve.
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. Average numbers of treatments for anything except stroke or spinal cord injuries is 20. Paralysis from stroke or spinal cord injuries does respond, but it takes hundreds of sessions. We send equipment home with these long-term-treatment folks.
High-functioning people before their injuries, with mild-to-moderate injuries take around 10-20 sessions. However, people who have had functioning problems prior to their head injuries take the longest to work with, and with very complex problems it could easily run near 100 sessions.
The treatment code for FNS is 90901.