What is a Brain Map or qEEG?
Your brain is a highly complex organ made up of billions of cells called neurons. Neurons send and receive messages to and from all parts of your body. This electrical flow in the brain can be measured and mapped using a qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram). This is known as a “brain map.”
Why do I need a brain map?
We use the brain map as a kind of “fitness evaluation” or a “roadmap” so we know how best to develop a neurofeedback protocol for your specific situation. In doing so, mind we endeavor to teach your brain how to balance itself, physician eliminating the “noise” and habits that may be causing or contributing to your symptoms. Neurofeedback training can also be used to enhance your performance, remedy too.
Your brain map, which takes just 30 minutes, will capture a window of your brain activity, analyze the data, and create a visual representation for each lobe of the brain and each specific type of brain wave (Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta). When it is analyzed against a database of other brain maps, we can compare your brain map and the symptoms you describe with a large database of other brain maps from children and adults who are not experiencing the symptoms you are. From this comparison, we can determine what areas of your brain might benefit from training to speed up, slow down, or communicate more efficiently.
What do brain maps look like for different diagnoses?
Case studies using qEEG brain maps have shown that people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer from Depression have elevated alpha brainwaves. Those with Anxiety will have elevated Beta brainwaves, while those suffering from Memory Loss usually have increased theta brainwaves.
This is an analysis of each lobe of the brain (frontal, parietal, central, temporal, and occipital) for each type of brain wave: Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta. With a complete brain map complete, we will design a neurofeedback protocol to eliminate the imbalances and improve or eliminate your symptoms.
What experience and training do you need to provide brain maps and neurofeedback training?
Dr. Ed Carlton is a licensed chiropractor and is certified in neurofeedback from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He is also a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the largest group of licensed professionals involved in the practice, teaching, and research of neurofeedback training. He was first intrigued by the benefits of neurofeedback when searching for a treatment for his own bipolar disorder. After a successful regimen of neurofeedback eliminated his symptoms, he became certified in its use, so he could offer this technology to his patients. Read more about his story.
How do I learn more?
If you’re interested in learning more about neurofeedback training, Dr. Carlton has authored an eBook that can be downloaded. Plus you can see what other people are saying about neurofeedback training and why to choose the Carlton Center for Neurofeedback. Contact us to set up your free initial evaluation at our office in Manassas, Virginia. We look forward to helping you feel and perform at your very best.