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What is Neurofeedback and QEEG?

While it is just one of a number of potentially life-changing interventions in our ‘Brain Intensive’ training program here at Apex Brain Centers, it is important to take a moment to further describe what neurofeedback (NFB) and quantitative EEG (qEEG) are as many are unfamiliar with either one or both, although though they have been around for quite some time and are deeply rooted in the scientific literature.

Let’s take a trip…  Think of a qEEG as the map that is needing to get you to your destination and the NFB as the vehicle that will get you there.  The destination itself could be the ability to focus and concentrate better, sleep better, wake better, relax better, listen better, talk better, react better, move better, perform better in academics, athletics, and the arts, feel less pain, reduce dependence on alcohol, drugs, and food, and, in many cases, simply to feel better.

Through a course of training to improve a multitude of brain functions and abilities.  Brain maps are an extension of the common EEG tests that are utilizing to measure specific brain waves in individuals that have a history of seizures. Brain injury, sleep disorders, behavioral problems, and more.  The EEG is data from the brain that is recording from electrodes places at precise locations on the head. The various brain waves having precise physical measurements associated with them.  This data is then run through a variety of sophisticated computer software programs and normative databases. Which the individual’s brain waves are comparing to and a brain map created…hence, the qEEG.  As your GPS might have several maps for you to choose from when you determine where you want to go on a road trip…

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As with cars, there are many types of NFB (the vehicle) with the level of sophistication and advanced applications and features ever-changing; exponentially in the recent past as with any other technology.  NFB, in nutshell, is a form of biofeedback that uses the above-mentioned electrical brain recordings. To take the client through a process of brain self-regulation.  The feedback used to train the brain can be in the form of sounds, visual demonstrations, video games, movies. And more whose performance is directly impacting by the real-time brain waves emitted by the client.  The more the client’s brain waves fall within the parameters prescribed by the clinician in the training software. The better the performance of the vehicle and driver (client). And the faster and more efficiently the client will arrive at their destination.  It is the constant positive reinforcement of the target brain wave ranges over the duration of NFB!

As suggested above, the destination can vary widely from individual to individual. Although the process and routes taken are often quite similar in nature.  The key to a successful journey again is having the appropriate map and vehicle to arrive at your preferred destination. And having this coordinated by a clinician aptly educating and qualified to supervise and coordinate this endeavor.  At Apex Brain Centers we utilize Brainmaster Technologies qEEG and NFB equipment and software. That is FDA approving and suited for research in both arenas.  We would use nothing but the best map and vehicle. Coupled with a rich understanding of the human brain, to get you to your destination!

Call us at 828.708.5274 to learn more about this exciting technology and how it can help you and your loved ones.

Dr. Michael S. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Neurofeedback Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the practice of advanced functional neurology. He is one of the most highly sought-after brain rehabilitation specialists because of the life-changing outcomes his patients consistently experience. After over a decade in private practice and working alongside other pioneers in the field, Dr. Trayford developed his multimodal intensive brain training and rehabilitation program built around the science of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon the stimulation it receives from its environment. He later founded APEX Brain Centers to combine his ground-breaking rehabilitation approach with a unique patient and caretaker-centered care model. Under Dr. Trayford’s leadership, APEX Brain Centers has successfully treated thousands of patients and earned the reputation of a world-renowned brain training and rehabilitation practice. Since its inception, Dr. Trayford has been a leader of the Brain Training revolution treating patients worldwide. In addition, he is a published journal contributor and international lecturer. His experience with various patients of all ages and neurological conditions has given him a unique perspective on brain health and human performance. He is also well-versed in collaborating with other health care professionals, making him an invaluable asset to any care team. Dr. Trayford was awarded the Functional Neurologist of the Year distinction by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, where he is a proud member and conference lecturer. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dementia Society of America and the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research. He is also a servant leader who has dedicated his adult life to serving multiple communities through Rotary International and other notable causes. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Trayford usually reads or researches anything related to the brain, human performance, and leadership. He also loves spending time outdoors with his wife Denise, their two daughters, and dogs in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeltrayford/

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