QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) Brain Mapping
Electroencephalography (e-lec-tro-enceph-a-lo-graphy ~ EEG) is a assessment procedure that records the changes in electrical potentials (brainwaves, Delta, Theta, Alpha & Beta) in various parts of the brain. The EEG is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain from the scalp, using digital technology, of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which primarily reflect cortical activity or "brainwaves". A multi-electrode recording of brain wave activity is recorded and converted into numbers.
A QEEG consists of placing a cap with twenty electrodes/sensors on the patient's head, and ear clips on each ear lobe. Each site is cleansed, and electrode paste/gel is placed under each sensor to ensure proper conductivity to read the patient's brainwaves. The recording is done while the patient is sitting in a chair. The patient is asked to relax with eyes closed and a second set of measures is taken with eyes opened. Preparation takes approximately 20-30 minutes and the actual EEG recordings take about 15 -20 minutes. QEEG Brain mapping is done using the New Mind Maps magnitude system.
Neurofeedback training, also referred to as EEG Biofeedback or Brainwave Training, is a form of operant conditioning during which the patient trains their own brainwaves. Neurofeedback presents the patient with real-time feedback on brainwave activity by sensors that are placed on the scalp. The sensors detect brain wave activity including Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta. When brain activity changes in the direction desired by the neurofeedback protocol, a positive "reward", typically in the form of a visual display and/or sound is given to the patient. Neurofeedback differs from other biofeedback techniques, in that the focus is on the central nervous system and the brain. Through the process of doing neurofeedback, the patient learns to train down, or train up certain brainwaves associated with a variety of disorders.
Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), Mentoring
Rob is a BCIA Board Certified Fellow and mentoring professionals new to the field and interested in learning about Neurofeedback and interested in becoming board certified in neurofeedback by BCIA. The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), formerly the Biofeedback Institute of America, was created in 1981 with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback / Neurofeedback, and progressively recertify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive, non-medical technique in which people learn to use their own body's signals to improve their health. Biofeedback training teaches how to consciously change and control the body's vital functions that are normally unconscious, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure, through information provided by electronic devices/sensors that take readings through a software program. This process gives the patient moment by moment information about their physiological conditions, of which they are normally unaware. Biofeedback measures often include heart rate, heart rate variance, respiration rate, skin conductivity, temperature and muscle tension.
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) involves the use of the Alpha Stim®, an FDA approved, small hand held device that delivers small electrical pulses, one milliampere (mA) or less, directly to the brain, using electrodes attached to the earlobes. Pulses are used to promote relaxation, sleep, and relieve some psychological and emotional conditions like depression and anxiety. CES is 100% safe.
Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE)
AVE is a technique that provides light pulses complimented by sound at specific frequencies, tones and beats, via a portable Audio-Visual Entrainment (light & sound therapy) device. Using flashes of lights and pulses of tones, AVE safely guides the brain into various brain wave patterns.
This stimulus connects with the brain at the specified frequency which can be programmed into the control device by the user. Typical brainwave frequencies are described as Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta. Each of these frequencies has a corresponding brain behavior associated with them. Alpha and Theta are associated with a dreamy languid state of mind and less focus, Beta is associated with a highly focused mind set and Delta is associated with a sleep state.
Based on the desired change in behavior the light and sound pulses enhance the production of the specific brain wave frequency targeting the desired behavior(s), settles down an agitated mind, increases cerebral blood flow and increases the metabolism of glucose in the brain for improved neuronal function. All of this activity adds up to improved mental performance. AVE treatment is provided with the DAVID Delight Pro from Mind Alive.
For your first visit, we will provide you with a one hour free consult where we will assess the concerns that brought you to Serendipity and then explain our services that might be right for you. Depending upon the condition for which you are seeking help, we will provide you with a complimentary treatment during your initial visit. There is no obligation.