What is QEEG?
Quantitative Electroencephalography measures brain activity and compares it to a standard range of brain waves to determine the areas of activity that are out of the normal range.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapy where brain waves are recorded by a computer program that compares the patient’s brain waves against normal brain waves. When a deviation occurs, the program uses visual or sound rewards to trigger a subconscious response in the brain and guides it back into normal ranges. This process is known as operant conditioning, where rewards for positive behavior or responses increase learning capabilities.
What is Neuro-mapping?
Neuro-mapping is a ground-breaking technology which enables practitioners to image the brain for precise information on abnormal areas then determine how to correct these abnormalities using neurofeedback.
How does Neurofeedback change the brain wave patterns?
By combining EEG Neurofeedback and photic stimulation the brain is gently directed into the correct pattern. The program uses visual or sound rewards to trigger a subconscious response in the brain and guides it back into normal ranges. Repetition of the sessions teaches the brain how to make these patterns permanent. Training brain waves into efficient patterns allows the central nervous system to learn how to self-regulate, directing it away from debilitating disorders and into optimal functionality.
Who can benefit from EEG Neurofeedback?
Patients diagnosed with ADD, anxiety, depression, and concussions have seen permanent improvement. Many cognitive situations that have not responded to medication or psychotherapy have been improved or resolved with neurofeedback. Even chronic disorders can show improvement.
Research has shown the following symptoms to be responsive to QEEG Training:
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Head injuries
- Memory loss
- Sleep disorders
Neurofeedback does not specifically target any disorders. It changes timing and activation patterns in the brain. The goal of neurofeedback training is to slowly guide the brain back into normal, healthy ranges and reconnect neural pathways that have been disconnected. This improves brain regulation which impacts a variety of symptoms.
What are the steps in Neuro-mapping and Neurofeedback?
First, a brain map or image of the brain, is recorded. This noninvasive process records brain waves for six minutes with eyes open and six minutes with eyes closed.
Next, the EEG recording is uploaded to a computer program where it is compared to a map within the normal range, adjusted to match age and gender. The Neuromap report identifies areas of the brain that are operating outside of the normal range and identifies the emotional and cognitive issues that correlate to those discrepancies.
A suggested protocol is generated which is designed to stabilize the area of the brain which is farthest away from the norm.
Neurofeedback sessions, usually 2 to 3 per week, implement the protocols. Sessions are approximately 30 minutes and involve watching a movie or listening to music while wearing photic light glasses. These glasses use light emissions to stimulate the brain and improve the effects of neurofeedback.
About the Brain
The brain is made up of billions of cells called neurons. Neurons send and receive messages within the body. These messages are electrical impulses which produce brain waves. QEEG brain mapping captures a window of this brain activity, analyzes the information and creates a visual representation for each part of the brain and each of the brain waves (Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta).
Emotions are reflections of the energy in the brain. For example, excess Beta waves can produce anxiety or too much Theta can result in ADD. Training brain waves can enable the central nervous system to learn how to self-regulate toward healthy patterns.
How can I learn if the QEEG Training would help me?
Call to schedule a Mapping and Review of Findings. Dr. Christine will meet with you for the Review of Findings and explain what areas of deviation from the normal range your Mapping shows and how it correlates to the symptoms you are experiencing.
Who has been helped by the QEEG Training?
Nine- year-old (concerns: ADHD, LD, sensory integration)
- After 5 sessions having more restful sleep – bed covers less tossed around
- After 7 sessions able to work on a puzzle for 45 minutes instead of only 20 minutes
- After 14 sessions appetite has improved
Eleven-year-old (concerns: behavioral and academic issues)
- After 2 sessions emotional outbursts at home had gone from 2 hours duration to 20 minutes. Teachers report improved attitude and test results
- After 14 sessions doing puzzles for 60 minutes instead of 20 minutes
- Soccer coach reports patient is calmer when on the bench, not disruptive as in the past, without diminishing performance as a player
Sixteen-year-old (concerns: brain fog, stomach issues)
- Sleep changes began right away
- After 6 sessions reported increased energy
Adult (concerns: memory loss, unclear thinking)
- Improved sleep with fewer headaches, sharper and more creative thinking, and alertness to details
- Increased clarity of thought with greater ability to communicate feelings
- Becoming more aware of feelings
- Memory improving (e.g. where put things)
If you would like to experience all the benefits of neurofeedback therapy, call our office today (763) 208-5382 (Ham Lake Office) for an appointment!