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The brain mapping, also known as a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG), allows our clinical staff to non-invasively measure and assess brainwave activity at 19 major hubs of activity around the scalp. Each individual brain will have its own signature and the results are called a brain map. Your results are compared to a database of thousands of other brain maps that are within the same age group or developmental stage. This comparison allows our team to precisely identify which areas of the brain are functioning outside of normal ranges. Years of research has shown that there are specific biomarkers or common electrical patterns that are associated with different disorders. For example, children with ADHD will show excessive slow-wave activity in the front of their brains.
Brain mapping gives our clinical staff the information necessary to customize a neurofeedback training program that is entirely unique to your brains's needs. Information identified in the brain mapping can help explain why some symptoms continue to interfere with our quality of life.
Sample QEEG Brain Map
After the completion of your brain mapping, an appointment will be scheduled with our clinic director, Dr. Adriana Steffens, BCN, to review the results. Her 15+ years of experience interpreting QEEG results means no stone will go un-turned as she provides you with a clear understanding of why the brain is functioning the way it is. A detailed report will be provided that includes a summary of the findings, as well as metabolic and natural supplement suggestions that will help make your training as successful as possible..
Your results from each brain mapping will also be used to assist Dr. Steffens as she creates a training plan for future neurofeedback sessions.
Neurofeedback training is when the areas of electrical dysregualtion shown in the brain map will be addressed. Training sessions will teach the brain to function more optimally by recording the brain in real time and rewarding it when certain goals are met. The reward that is produced conditions the brain to continue "behaving" in this new more optimal way. Clients may choose between training with the eyes open and working to generate a visual reward on a monitor placed in front of them, or with the eyes closed to produce a pleasing tone. The visual reward and the pleasing tone are the "feedback" portions of neurofeedback. With each reward, your brain will be teaching itself to function more optimally.
Most individuals are able to see significant or complete elimination of negative symptoms in 40-60 sessions. Although the rate of sessions varies, most client will train 2-3 times a week. In that time, the brain will have rewired itself creating lasting changes.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training is also offered before each of your neurofeedback sessions. Heart rate regulation prompted by deep controlled breathing can help you to turn off the "Fight or Flight" sensation and enter a calmer more controlled state of mind. Our technicians will use biofeedback equipment specifically meant for HRV training to guide you from a state of heighten stress to a place of peace.
Sample Neurofeedback Session
After 20 sessions of neurofeedback, a brain mapping appointment will be scheduled and the results will again be interpreted for you by Dr. Steffens. Together you will discuss progress, establish future goals, and review options moving forward. The information received in the follow up brain mapping will again be used to design your unique neurofeedback training protocol for the next group of 20 sessions.
Sample Pre-Post Neurofeedback training QEEG