The Benefits of Brain Mapping & NeuroFeedback Therapy For Your Child’s Physical, Mental, & Emotional Health

 

An Interview with Anna Powers, ND, Bioenergetic Practitioner

 

Summer is now in full swing in Georgia, and your child is probably enjoying a much-needed break from academic life and the homework, projects, and dreaded standardized tests that come along with it!  

 

But before we know it, August will roll back around and another school year will be upon us! That’s why NOW is the perfect time to assess your child’s brain and see how it could be improved during their weeks at home. 

 

Longevity offers Brain Mapping, also known as Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG). This tool measures electrical activity in the form of brainwave patterns, showing us how brain cells are communicating and helping us create NeuroFeedback protocol specific to the brain’s needs. 

 

We sat down for an interview with our knowledgeable and experienced Naturopath,  Anna Powers, to help parents understand the many benefits of our Brain Mapping and NeuroFeedback service offerings for children’s minds, bodies, and spirits. 

 

Can you explain how you administer Brain Mapping? 

We use  a cap with sensitive electrodes along with special equipment  that can detect the electrical activity of the brain.  The recipient sits quietly and still for approximately 12 minutes with eyes closed and then again with eyes open.  

 

How does it help analyze brain function in order to create a customized NeuroFeedback protocol?   

We can see which brain waves are at normal levels and which ones are too low or too high. Brain waves can reveal important information about overall brain function, including stress levels, thought patterns, and emotions. 

 

How have you seen these therapies boost kids’ brain development and cognitive function? How can it support kids with ADHD, PANS/PANDAS, and other neurological disorders or learning disabilities? 

Absolutely.  There are thousands of studies on neurofeedback.  Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee has conducted a lot of research on brain wave underactivity in children with ADD/ADHD. In published research using qEEG, Dr. Lubar demonstrated that children with ADD/ADHD had excessive slow brain wave activity in the front part of their brain, which worsened when they tried to concentrate.

 

Are there other physical benefits of these therapies for children?   

Yes, children and adults report enhanced sleep, improved athletic performance, better concentration, improved energy and better balance.  It can also help with headaches and healing from traumatic brain injuries/concussions. 

 

So many kids are struggling with mental health challenges right now. How can NeuroFeedback Therapy help with emotions and mood regulation?  

In published research using qEEG, Dr. Lubar demonstrated that many children developed improved focus and behavior through neurofeedback. This therapy has been found to enhance memory, focus, and mental clarity; decrease impulsivity and anxiety; improve moods; boost academic performance, and lead to more restful sleep.

 

As we prepare for another school year, what are some other things parents can do to improve their kids’ cognitive function and prime their brains for learning? 

I think one of the biggest things we can do is to eat whole, unprocessed foods such as fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fish, poultry pastured meats.  In addition, encouraging outside play and creative activities using their imaginations can generate new neuronal connections and create an overall sense of wellbeing. 

 

Call our office at 770-642-4646 to schedule your child’s initial Brain Mapping session. Learn more at https://longevityhealth.com/qeeg/