What is qEEG Brain Mapping?
qEEG Brain Mapping refers to Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) Neurometric Evaluation. This powerful, yet non-invasive (does not do anything to you or put anything into your body), evaluation provides important information about how your brain is performing. It is designed to read how every area of your brain is working and generate information on location and frequency of brain signal use. qEEG is a high-tech, state-of-the-art, way of measuring brain functioning to determine how a person’s brain performance is affecting their mental and physical behaviors. If all areas of your brain are working well, you do not have any symptoms. If any area is under or over performing, symptoms arise.
Many people are familiar with and have a basic understanding how an EKG, Electrocardiogram, works for measuring if their heart is working properly. A qEEG works in a similar manner, but measure your brain. Sensors are positioned across all areas of your brain and readings of your brain signals are taken in real-time. Resting state qEEG provides a snapshot of your brain functioning pattern that is indicative of your brain is operating most of the time. This information is useful in determining the brain pattern that is associated with a person’s outward behaviors or symptoms.
What Information Does a qEEG Brain Map Provide?
The qEEG Brain Map provides information about location, brain areas that are not working properly, and brain signals, speed of brain functioning measured in Hz. Measurements of over and under activity of all brain areas are acquired, analyzed and then visualized in a colorful map that shows brain patterns.
Brain Locations: On the accompanying graphic you can see that the human brain has been mapped by scientists so that we now know what skill and/or ability each area of our brain is in control of.
This system provides a way for scientists and healthcare professionals to understand how each area of the brain is performing, based upon its use of speed. This allows highly skilled professionals to measure, using qEEG Brain Mapping, a person’s brain functioning to identify which areas of their brain are performing optimally and which areas are not. Depending upon how the brain is impacted in any given area, symptoms result.
For example, the left frontal area, labeled Fp1, has been proven by science to be responsible for attention and focus, and for working memory abilities. If this area is impaired in its functioning, then attention, focus, and working memory suffer.
Brain Signals: Brains are able to switch speed, measured in Hz or cycles per second, based upon the cycle of the day or as necessary. For example, if you are asleep, your brain is using extra slow processing speed, called Delta. The use of Delta results in deep sleep. If your brain is using slow speed, called Theta, it is drifting toward sleep with the feeling of grogginess. When in medium speed, Alpha, your brain creates the relaxed by alert feeling you might have when hanging out with friends. When speed increases just a bit up to fast speed, Beta, you are in an alert and engaged mental activity. This can be thought of as “The Zone” when you are highly engaged and can feel your brain processing information with ease and a calm demeanor. Extra fast speed, High Beta, creates states of very fast thinking and stressed feeling. This state is helpful when in fight or flight, or an emergency to help you escape danger quickly.
When qEEG Brain Mapping reads your brain signals, it is taking a measurement of how much of each speed is being used and how each area is using speed. The way that all of the areas are using speed make up your brain pattern.
What is a Brain Pattern?
Your “Brain Pattern” refers to how each area of your brain is using frequency and how that impacts functioning of your entire brain.
Many different types of brain patterns have been identified by scientists to be associated with different symptoms and diagnoses. For example, there is an EEG pattern for seizures that is easily identifiable on the computer screen during a brain mapping session. There is a pattern that is associated with anxiety, one associated with ADHD and ADD, others associated with speech and language difficulties. When you have your qEEG Brain Map performed, it is easy to see on the resulting color-coded map all the patterns that your brain is using. This helps you to understand which areas of the brain need to improve their performance for symptoms to be alleviated.
For example, is your brain is using too much slow processing speed Theta in the frontal lobe, then this is the pattern that is proven to be linked to ADD and ADHD. Symptoms such as lack of attention and focus, difficulty with working memory, planning and organization, and impulse control result. Symptoms can be alleviated when the brain pattern is changed.
On the accompanying graphic you can see examples of brain patterns of some of the most common qEEG Brain Maps that can benefit from Neurofeedback Therapy. For example, you can see high frontal Theta use, indicated by red, within the qEEG Brain Map for ADHD, low Alpha brain signal use within the map for depression, indicated by blue, and High Beta use indicated by red and yellow for Anxiety and Migraines. These patterns can be identified on a qEEG Brain Map in order to guide therapy for better results.
Does qEEG Brain Mapping Do Anything to My Brain?
No, the brain mapping session only reads information about how your brain is performing. The process only involves you sitting quietly while the computer takes it reading. Nothing is put into your system and nothing is done to you. It is completely non-invasive.
Can Children Have Their Brain Mapped?
Yes, in fact, the professionals at Leigh Brain & Spine specialize in seeing children. Children and adults of all ages can have a brain map to glean a wealth of information that the brain map provides. Especially children with developmental delays and disorders should have their brain mapped to see how the brain is using signals in all areas. This information can guide developmental therapies and treatments in all disciplines.
How Does the Brain Mapping Session Work?
When you arrive at Leigh Brain & Spine, you and your family will be greeted and made comfortable by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. When it is time for your qEEG Brain Map you (or your child) will have time to get comfortable in the mapping room and with the mapping staff. Every aspect of the session is explained to you and your child in full beforehand. Children enjoy having their maps taken and adults find the qEEG Mapping session to be relaxing. For more information on the specific details of the qEEG Brain Mapping session such as scheduling, finances, and procedures contact us below or call (919) 401-9933 and we will send you our Welcome Packet that explains everything.
At Leigh Brain & Spine, we have an integrated and multi-disciplined staff that have different areas of expertise to encompass all neuro-cognitive, neuro-psychological, and physical symptoms created by dysregulated brain patterns. If you suffer from cognitive, psychological, or physical symptoms contact the professionals that can help you find the underlying reason for your struggle and help to provide you with a solution.
Leigh Brain and Spine is proud to have earned the distinction as a Certified Brain Health Coach Center and is a proud member of the Amen Clinics referral network.