Anti-aging Benefits of Brain Mapping
According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s recently released figures, the number of Americans afflicted with some form of dementia is believed to be growing at an alarming rate. The good news is that, although there is presently no cure, there are ways to monitor cognitive health and target preventive measures that just might slow disease progression. Here’s more:
A recent comprehensive report, reminds us that dementia and Alzheimer’s takes years to develop, with symptoms gradually worsening as neurons die and begin to malfunction (to learn more, go to http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp ). Alzheimers disease affects people in different ways with difficulties storing and retrieving recent memories being a common feature.
At one point in time, mini mental exams, clock tests and other paper based methods were used to test the extent of cognitive deficits. Today, high-tech methods are available to assess cognitive, emotional and memory processing of the brain with computers and special sensors, like quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG brain mapping). For those not familiar with qEEG, it is a non-invasive technique that records brain waves through a cap on the head, then compares a client’s brain patterns with normal patterns for age and gender. Normative databases (comparing a subject to norms for age and gender) analysis is then used by psychologists, physicians and other professionals to identify functional difficulties within the brain. In other words: what works in this brain, and what doesn’t?
Brain mapping is a unique tool that observes real-time memory and mental processing, then compares results to norms for age and gender. A qEEG brain map is not taken for diagnostic purposes; rather, a brain map may be useful in demonstrating which functional areas of the cortex brain are under- or over-performing. It can show where the brain is out-of-balance: too slow, too fast, specific effects of medication, stressors or the lack of sleep.
The brain wave pattern may be correlated with self-reported patient symptoms and then used (along with metabolic, hormone or neurotransmitter testing, if necessary—see www.revolutionarymd.com for more information) to better understand factors that are part of cognitive, emotional or memory difficulty, or to design a personalized training program. This means that health practitioners can provide tailored recommendations suited for mind and body, depending on the needs of each client.
Using the brain map results, a plan can be created to address symptoms and beef up prevention of memory loss. For example, individuals already diagnosed with dementia or memory difficulties, the plan typically includes specific training goals (using neurofeedback, for instance), or it may include recommendations for addressing dietary, nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress factors that may be contributing to imbalance.
Given the benefits of using qEEG brain maps, we here at Better Brain Balance utilize mapping to assess how the brain is working in order to develop programs to coach our clients to optimal brain health and function. The practice is owned and operated by Lori Miller, MS, BCN. Miller works under the medical direction of an MD who is board-certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, and offers a variety of services that may benefit dementia patients and their families.
For more information on brain mapping and the other services available through Better Brain Balance, call 1-303-638-0717.