Understanding Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is a form of therapy where Dr. Leigh listens to the brain waves of her patients using a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art device called the Brainmaster. Dr. Leigh then analyzes those brain waves and creates a brain map to determine where complications are occurring. To the right is a picture of the before and after of a Brain Map. The before picture shows pockets of fast (red and yellow) and slow (blue) processing speed. Areas of the brain that are running too fast or too slow create conditions such as ADHD/ADD, anxiety, memory loss, and more. The brain map on the right shows the same areas regulated to the correct processing speed with a neurofeedback treatment. This results in better performance, higher productivity, improved mood, more confidence, and less stress.
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What Should I Expect During a Neurofeedback Treatment:
Neurofeedback does not utilize drugs and is a non-invasive alternative treatment that has had a great deal of success. During the treatment sessions with Dr. Leigh, small sensors will be applied to the scalp allowing us to view brain energy pattern activity that indicates how the brain is functioning and what is needed to improve functioning. Then the signal from the brain is processed in a special way by a state-of-the-art computer called the Brainmaster where important information about key energy patterns is extracted for analysis. The ebb and flow of brain functioning is shown back to the person through audio and visual feedback. While the person is enjoying their time relaxing and watching a movie, the person’s brain changes the activity level of the energy toward better performance, thus changing the person’s outward functioning. Some frequencies receive feedback in order to be promoted, or used more. While others receive feedback that needs to be diminished. Over time, the neurological energy activity is “shaped” toward more desirable and increasingly regulated performance. The targeted frequencies, and specific locations on the scalp where the brain is shaped, are unique to the individual’s needs based upon the initial neurodiagnostic, qEEG Brain Map information that was obtained.
Depending upon the degree and severity of your condition, expected results will span from modest improvements to a total alleviation of symptoms. At Leigh Brain and Spine, we support the notion that all improvements are gains for patients and their families. Neurofeedback treatments often result in the improvement you’ve needed to change your life as well as provide you and your family the quality of life that you deserve. Call (919) 401-9933 today to schedule an evaluation at our facility located in Chapel – Durham.
What Disorders Can Neurofeedback Help Heal?
There are countless effective applications for a neurofeedback treatment. Dr. Trish Leigh has had great success helping both children and adults of all ages and ethnicities heal from a wide variety of disorders including the disorders that are listed below:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Attachment Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Memory Loss
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorders
How long does it take to start seeing improvements?
The result of the Neurofeedback treatments will vary by person and severity of the condition however the results can be observed in as little as four to six quick 20-30 minute sessions. Do keep in mind that if discontinued prematurely the symptoms are likely to return. Since regulating the brain is a process, treatment often takes about 40 to 60 session for lasting, life-changing results.
Is Neurofeedback Safe?
Yes. Neurofeedback is a safe, non-intrusive treatment that has not harmed a child or adult within its history beginning in the late 1950’s. The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved Neurofeedback as “best support” for children suffering from ADHD. Neurofeedback is also approved by the American Psychological Association for clinical efficacy and the FDA for stress reduction. Since there is no medication or surgery involved in a Neurofeedback treatment, there are no long or short term side effects.
What is Neurofeedback like?
Dr. Leigh’s patients recline comfortably in a chair while watching a brain-generated movie that reacts to their brain energy status. Through visual and auditory feedback, the person’s brain learns how to quiet their brain energy associated with low performance and increase energy associated with optimal brain function. Similar to how physical exercise strengthens and develops muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a new, highly efficient operating mode, the better and stronger it gets. Like mastering a new skill, it simply requires patience.
Simply put “Sessions are quite pleasant.” One child even asked to have his birthday party at Leigh Brain and Spine. Dr. Leigh informed him that we don’t do birthday parties yet!.
Is Your Neurofeedback Program the Same for Everyone?
No. Each person’s Neurofeedback program is individualized for their specific needs based upon their specific brain map. Each brain map is analyzed and interpreted by Dr. Leigh. Many types of brain-based treatments will be determined. A discussion will be held to determine which treatments would serve your needs best. You will be working one-on-one with Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner Trish Leigh who will monitor and assist your progress and assure the best results.
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