When you come in for you initial consultation, your brain will be analyzed for its strengths and weaknesses. Since your brain functions on an electrical basis, we are able to create a “Brain Map” of the electrical activity throughout different networks, areas and mental states. The proper term for this is a qEEG or Quantitative Electroencephalogram.
Individual brains perform differently under different controls, so our experts balance these findings against your Cognitive Performance Assessment scores, and take into consideration your symptoms, history, current medication, and many more variables before developing a customized treatment plan.
Brain Maps are not a diagnostic tool, however we have found them to align very accurately with underlying symptoms. In some cases, a Brain Map can be helpful to lend evidence towards supporting or denying a previous diagnosis or more accurately pinpointing the sub-type of the diagnosis. This is especially true with attention issues.
Cognitive Performance Assessment
We measure everything on both a subjective and objective basis. The symptoms that you report during your initial consultation are considered subjective and they will be tracked along with your progress. Objective measurements are those that we can measure without your opinion. In this case, both the Brain Map and the Cognitive Performance Assessment are considered objective measurements. The Cognitive Performance Assessment will measure your level of attention, memory, flexibility, processing speed, reaction time and more. The first test will act as a baseline, and we will repeat this throughout the process to share your improvement results.
All new patients meet with Britney Cirullo, our head Neurotherapist, for an extensive intake. This will involve a discussion of all medical and mental health history, symptoms, previous injuries, current medications, conditions and training goals. Britney's assessment and notes will accompany the cognitive function tests, brain maps and any other documentation in the comprehensive assessment that our Medical Doctors will receive. This process, along with the functional tests and brain map will take around 2 hours, and is imperative to the success of the program.
Neurofeedback is a more specific and long-term treatment than medication. Medication may mask the symptoms, or provide temporary relief from a condition, but they do not treat the source of the problem in the brain. Many medications also come with negative side effects including physiological and personality changes, sleep issues and addiction.
Neurofeedback trains the physiology of the brain, or the root of the problem. It can be targeted to specific networks or areas. Medication, on the other hand, treats chemicals, wherever they are produced in the brain, and has a global effect (wanted or unwanted).
For the "Brain Map" we use a qEEG machine called the NeuroField Q20. This is a top of the line, medical grade amplifier that gives our experts the cleanest, noise free read of your brain waves possible.
After trying multiple databases, we have found the NeuroGuide database to be the most reliable and accurate. It is considered the gold standard in qEEG for creating and comparing your "Brain Map" to a normative database.
There are many different types of treatment used in the Neurofeedback industry. You may hear terms like Single Channel, Bi-Polar, z-Score, LORETA, Alpha/Theta, etc… Each has its advantage in different cases, with different symptoms, severity and goals. We have the ability to use all research supported Neurofeedback treatment methods through our Thought Technology and NeuroField equipment.
We also use ultra power, electrical current Neurofeedback, called HPN in some cases. The HPN unit can be seen as an evolution of the LENS technology. It is a passive treatment that helps “reorganize” the brain and nudge it out of “stuck” patterns. Primarily we use this technology with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) treatment or Post Concussion Syndrome. We have also found this technology particularly effective in working with PTSD cases.
We are very excited to be one of the first testers and prescribers of the VERSUS technology from Sense Labs. This portable Neurofeedback technology has allowed many of our patients to continue their improvement once their specific goals are met in the office. This unit is build specifically to increase attention or lower stress response, and is not a medical tool. We are however very pleased with the functionality, engagement, accuracy and convenience of the unit, and will encourage patients to try one out in our office, and continue to improve their brain strength outside the office with this tool.
Alpha-Stim® - Is an FDA approved medical device, used to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain quickly and safely without depending on medication.
Our Performance Coaches are certified in both Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and use the Alph-Stim technology in conjunction with other therapies, or in some cases on its own. We are an authorized retailer of the Alpha-Stim units but also offer the option to rent a unit for one or more months, making the solution very affordable. Please visit Alpha-Stim.com for more information or contact us to come in for a free treatment session.