Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a qEEG?
A quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) is an extremely reliable and sophisticated method of detecting neurological conditions that may be overlooked through other methods of testing. The qEEG measures electrical activity from multiple areas of the brain and mathematically analyzes the data to precisely determine locations where brainwave activity is outside the standardized range and has caused neurological symptoms. Once analyzed, the information is then synthesized into a comprehensive and detailed report, including a functional brain map which clearly depicts affected areas of the brain correlating with symptoms. The qEEG report and brain map are used to develop extremely effective and targeted plans for neuromodulation training which has the potential to normalize brainwave activity and eliminate or significantly improve symptoms.
What is qEEG Guided neuromodulation?
Neuromodulation improves self-regulation, restores the brain’s natural internal balance, and conditions the brain to function more efficiently through a series of noninvasive training sessions. Neuromodulation training helps the individual adjust their brainwave activity through a gradual learning process which is noninvasive, painless, and can often eliminate the need for medications. To help determine how neuromodulation will best benefit the patient, we use (qEEG) diagnostic techniques which are remarkably accurate in defining regions and networks in the brain that are functioning inefficiently. Once these areas are identified, nuerofeedback can help individuals condition their brain networks toward stable, healthy patterns and successfully reduce or eliminate symptoms.
During the session, electrode sensors are placed on the head at appropriate training locations as identified by the qEEG brain map analysis. Sensor placement is unique to every person, as well as specific to their needs, as is the number of training sessions needed to achieve optimal results. Brainwave activity is then recorded and interpreted to generate data that instantly and continuously “feeds back” visual and auditory stimuli to the brain through games, videos, and/or audio feedback. This feedback then conditions the brain to produce the desired brainwave activity (“self-regulation”) by using a system of reward reinforcement. Once optimal activity is established, neuromodulation is no longer necessary. Neuromodulation training can resolve symptoms noninvasively, painlessly, and effectively; and the results are almost always permanent, much like when a person has learned to ride a bicycle.
Neuromodulation has an extensive history and body of research supporting its effectiveness with various physical and psychological conditions including seizures, migraines, ADD/ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Neuromodulation sessions are typically scheduled twice a week and conducted by our trained clinical neurotherapists. We provide neuromodulation treatment for both pediatric and adult patients.
Are QEEGs or neuromodulation painful or uncomfortable?
No, qEEGs and neuromodulation are painless, non-invasive procedures. We do our best to ensure that each individual is relaxed and comfortable. We have friendly, well trained specialists who have worked with children and adults with all types of special needs.
How do I get started?
Simply call our clinic, 843-735-5920, and we will schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Robert P. Turner, a board-certified neurologist. During your consultation, Dr. Turner will work with you to carefully obtain your past medical history as well as other necessary information to assess your needs, set up diagnostic testing, and determine a specific treatment plan. The process usually involves:
- An initial consultation appointment with Dr. Turner.
- An appointment to obtain your qEEG brain map and neurocognitive assessments to provide an objective, baseline evaluation of current cognitive function.
- A meeting to review the findings of the qEEG and present you with a personalized range of solutions that will best benefit you and your needs.
- A series of neuromodulation training sessions designed to eliminate your symptoms by training your brainwaves to perform at their optimal level.
- A follow-up qEEG to assess the extent and progress of your neuromodulation training and to determine if additional training sessions would be beneficial.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes; however, some insurance companies may require a referral from your primary care physician. If you are not sure, call your insurance company to see if they require a referral. Out-of-pocket-pricing is available for patients without insurance. Prepaid plans and discounted package rates are also available. Please inquire with our office regarding the rates.
What We Address
Seizures/Epilepsy: Millions of people around the world struggle with conquering epilepsy and its many forms. Individuals of all ages can be affected by epilepsy and seizures, which hinders their ability to live life to the fullest. At Network Neurology, we work with patients to gather data, painlessly and noninvasively, in order to form treatment plans to help control and eliminate seizures. We use neuromodulation methodologies, which train the specific areas of the brain responsible for seizures, to achieve a healthy equilibrium using operant conditioning in the forms of music, video, and animations.
ADD/ADHD: According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, 6.4 million children age 4-17 in the U.S. were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, and the rates of ADHD diagnosis have increased an average of 5% annually from 2003-2011. Children may experience varying degrees of attention problems including distractibility, impulsivity, and sometimes hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD is often misdiagnosed, which is why proper diagnosis is essential to successful outcomes. Taking medication for ADD/ADHD often masks the symptoms and can have negative side effects. At Network Neurology, a thorough assessment is done in order to properly diagnose ADD/ADHD, and a noninvasive treatment plan is constructed based on a person’s specific needs to eliminate the symptoms using neuromodulation technology.
Asperger’s: Known as an autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s is often portrayed by a person’s struggle to use multiple nonverbal behaviors and maintain eye contact when communicating. A person with Asperger’s may also engage in repetitive behavior or be overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, and smells. Behavior therapy and drug treatment often do not help people who have Asperger’s syndrome, which is frustrating for the person suffering with this disorder as well as family and friends. Network Neurology uses neuromodulation, a drug free/noninvasive method, which improves a child’s interpersonal skills and overall quality of life.
Autism: According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 50 American children had been diagnosed with Autism as of 2012; that number continues to rise. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain’s normal development of communication and social skills. Children experience difficulties in the areas of attention, speech, memory, social communication, and visual/auditory processing. Symptoms usually appear around age three and may consist of significant speech delay, attention difficulty, poor eye contact, and/or reading difficulties. There has been significant success and cognitive improvement of autistic individuals utilizing neuromodulation methods that can be found at Network Neurology.
Migraine/Headache: Migraines are a type of headache that can last hours or days, and can be triggered by stress, head injury, mineral deficiencies, and other factors. They affect millions on a regular basis, are often severely debilitating and can cause nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, and disrupt daily activities. Using Network Neurology’s noninvasive neuromodulation methods, the region of the brain responsible for the migraine can be identified and treated. Many individuals no longer experience migraines or need medication after completing their neuromodulation sessions.
Learning Difficulties: The most common learning disorder, which 15-20% of the population suffer from, is dyslexia. This disorder can lead to other learning difficulties and cause frustration in those affected by it. Network Neurology uses neuromodulation to help individuals improve their reading skills and stay focused which, in turn, helps with other learning disabilities. Neuromodulation specifically targets the areas of the brain that are responsible for reading comprehension, memory, focus, as well as other cognitive abilities, and train those specific areas to improve an individual’s overall learning process. This greatly improves an individual’s ability to overcome learning disorders and thrive in academic and personal settings.
Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): People who have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury often experience memory and learning problems, speech difficulties, lack of coordination, and other impairing symptoms that were not present prior to the injury. These problems can negatively impact an individual’s life and may eventually lead to depression and/or anxiety. Neuromodulation is a method of training the brain to produce optimal brain wave activity in specific areas of the brain that will alleviate these symptoms and lead to a better quality of life. Network Neurology utilizes neuromodulation for people suffering from traumatic brain injury. This process does not involve using medication and is noninvasive and painless.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): After a traumatic event or events, a person may experience PTSD. This disorder can cause emotional and physical symptoms which can cause severe fear, anxiety, depression, paranoia, and can negatively impact the way a person is able to function in everyday activities. At Network Neurology, we strive to provide our patients with treatment so that they may live full, abundant lives free from the PTSD symptoms. With neuromodulation, we are able to train specific areas of the brain responsible for PTSD symptoms to produce brain activity that will eliminate the negative symptoms and improve an individual’s overall quality of life.
Encephalopathy: A condition of comprehensive brain dysfunction, encephalopathy is used as a broad term for any non-specific brain disorder. There are many different symptoms associated with encephalopathy that can be alleviated with neuromodulation. Network Neurology utilizes neuromodulation, a noninvasive and painless process, as a method of treatment for symptoms related to encephalopathy. Neuromodulation trains specific areas of the brain to perform at optimal levels which can eliminate symptoms.
Depression: Approximately 5% of children experience significant depression without a diagnosis. The symptoms of depression vary and are often overlooked in children because they are mistakenly thought to be normal changes that occur during development. Depression can be diagnosed by a medical professional that will speak to the child and administer a depression inventory (ex. DASS scale estimates degree of depression, anxiety, and stress child may be experiencing). Drug treatment is less likely to relieve depression and often has negative side effects. Using Network Neurology’s noninvasive neuromodulation methods, depression can be eliminated and prevented from reoccurring later in life.
Anxiety/Stress Related Disorders: Many children can experience anxiety and stress, which can manifest with physical symptoms. These can include headaches, stomachaches, and sometimes the child may become agitated or quarrelsome with family/friends. Anxiety can stem from learning problems such as dyslexia or be related to auditory/visual processing issues. After a thorough neurological exam and further testing, anxiety can be corrected without medication using Network Neurology’s noninvasive neuromodulation methods.