A Quantitative Electroencephalogram, or QEEG, measures the different brain waves (delta, theta, alpha and beta) at 19 sites and the relationships of all pairs of sites in three parameters — coherence, phase, and asymmetry.
A QEEG is also recommended for those who want to know precisely how the person's brain functions. By comparing the brain wave information with others in the same normative group (such as people the same age), one can discover how a given person's brain waves differ from the normal population. This has direct implications for EEG Biofeedback and information about brain waves which are excessive or too low can be included in the EEG Biofeedback treatment design so that the abnormal brain waves can be corrected.
This assessment is recommended for those who are planning to do EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback).
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a safe, non-invasive training technique for enhancing brain wave patterns. It trains a patient to learn how to modify his or her brainwave activity to improve attention, reduce impulsivity, and to control hyperactive behaviors. Unlike medication, nothing is put into the body or brain. This form of training does not push one into alternate mental states or functions. The training is very gentle, and nothing is forced.
Neurofeedback uses computerized electronic measurement devices placed in the surface of the head and earlobes to monitor brainwave activity. Following neurofeedback training, patients have reported numerous positive changes such as better attention span and concentration, increased impulse control, mood stability, improved sleep and decreased anxiety and hyperactivity.
Neurofeedback has physiological effects that are similar to those created by medication, but has no side effects, is painless and provides long lasting results. While you should not experience negative side-effects from neurofeedback, you may experience additional benefits. Some individuals report increased relaxation, reduced stress, and a heightened sense of control over their bodies, thoughts, and feelings during or immediately after treatment sessions.
What Conditions Can Neurofeedback Help?
- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- migraines & headaches
- stress and anxiety
- mild head injury
- chronic pain
- substance abuse
- reduction of PMS symptoms
- hormone balance
- peak performance training
What Are the Benefits?
The essence of neurofeedback is self-regulation, teaching the brain to regulate itself. Training is a process of undoing limiting mental habits that are no longer useful. Because nothing is being put into the body or brain, there are no side effects. Many patients report experiencing increased focus, relief, happiness, & freedom from medication.
What is A Typical Neurofeedback Session?
During each 45 minute session, you will sit in a chair or on a couch. Sensors are placed on the head to detect brainwave signals, and these signals are transmitted to a computer with special software that amplifies the data. The computer allows you to listen to music as a form of auditory feedback while you watch for graphics for visual feedback or play video games. If you are able to regulate the waves correlated with attention and arousal, the graphics and audio will remain uninterrupted, while large deviations will cause a momentary pause in the game or image. The brain responds to the feedback and moves towards more adaptive and flexible functioning, especially if there is any change or removal of feedback. During the course of repeated sessions, typically 20 to 40, you will change your brain patterns to improve attention, focus, energy, and increase your ability to respond effectively under stress and pressure.