Our brains operate off of electricity. We can measure this electrical output using EEG technology. EEG is to the brain as EKG is to the heart. Certain highs and lows are associated with neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative problems. We can use the recorded EEG signal and compare it to a normative database to create what is called a brain map.
There are 4 main waves we look at on a brain map using EEG. These waves are delta, theta, alpha and beta. All of these waves are measured in hertz. Today, I want to focus on beta waves. Beta waves are found between 13-30 hertz in the human brain.
We work with a wide variety of cases. The majority of our cases involve ADHD, autism, concussion, depression/anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, addiction and memory problems. In most of these cases, there is a problem in the beta waves. Very often, using neurofeedback, we are able to correct these beta waves and we see improvement in symptoms. Beta waves have a lot to do with executive function.
Executive function includes many higher processes. These higher functions include: learning, memory, cognition/understanding, memory and organization. People with high beta can have anxiety, obsessive behavior, poor sleep, increased levels of pain, ringing in the ears and problems with executive function. People with low beta often have problems with executive function.
The best way to determine how your brain is performing is by getting a brain map. Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized, EEG analysis of brain function. If we find a weak or unbalanced area, we can create a customized care program to fix it. Contact us at 770.237.3970 for more information or to schedule your brain map. We are located in Duluth, Georgia (across from Infinite Energy Arena).