What is Newrologix?
Neurofeedback is a form of Biofeedback that uses tiny sensors which are placed on the scalp to detect Brainwaves and EEG signals.
It is done by connecting the sensors to a hospital grade EEG amplifier, then to a computer similar to a BCI (Brain Computer Interface) program. The system monitors brain activity and feeds back the information to the participant via a reward system. Neurofeedback changes brain structure and even blood flow over time.
Newrologix Neurofeedback is done in a quiet setting so that you can concentrate without distractions. Newrologix sessions last roughly 30 minutes and can be performed up to 2 times a day. In these sessions, sensors are placed on the client’s head, in precise locations, to balance intended areas. Once sensors are placed, the client sits in front of a screen to watch their favorite movie or television show. When the targeted areas of the brain are operating inefficiently the screen will begin to dim. Since the brain wants the screen to stay bright, the brain will naturally correct the inefficiency and it will be rewarded with a fully lit screen. Over time, this process will retrain the brain to operate efficiently and in the correct frequency range(s).
With 20+ years of clinical research, Newrologix is a proven, comprehensive program designed to optimize the brain's performance.
Each program begins with what is called a “Brain Map”.
A Brain Map is a digital recording of the patients own brainwaves. Using a cap that has 19 tiny sensors, we can collect over 100,000 samples of brain activity in one recording. The cap needs a conductive gel to be inserted into small openings around the cap, so we suggest wearing comfortable clothes that are easy to wash in case the harmless gel gets onto your shirt or pants. It is similar to ultrasound gel and is water soluble and non-toxic.
The Brain Map recording can take up to 45 min but the actual recording time is less than 10 minutes. Once the recording is done, it is suggested that you wash your hair, although there is no harm in leaving the gel in except that it will eventually dry and harden. Warm water will wash it out easily. Prior to your mapping, it is suggested that you drink plenty of water and do not use any hair products. A clean dry scalp is required or you will be asked to reschedule.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What will I feel during a session?
Nothing painful. Since we are simply listening to your brainwaves, Neurofeedback is pain free and non-invasive. During the session, you will be watching your favorite Netflix show and the dimming and brightening of the screen will be the feedback that your brain is in the right state and balance. Staying calm when the screen dims is critical since we have filters in place that monitor muscle tension which will darken the screen if too much muscle activity is seen. This teaches the brain and body to remain calm and focus on the task without tensing up.
What will I feel after the session?
Some people report feeling tired after their first few sessions, but this will typically subside after the first 5-10. We suggest that you bring a piece of fruit to help replenish the glucose that is consumed by the brain during Neurofeedback. The only moderately reported "side effect" from Neurofeedback can be a slight headache but this is generally caused by eye strain when people try to focus too hard and strain their eyes. We suggest being calm and relaxed and letting the brain, not the muscles in our face do the work.
Who is Newrologix meant for?
The Newrologix Program is for anyone that wants to understand how their brain is currently performing, what specific issues inefficiencies are causing and be provided with a non-invasive, non-medicinal method to improve any inefficiencies on a long-term basis. From children and adults with emotional or behavioral issues to professional athletes looking for that competitive edge.
Is there evidence that Neurofeedback works?
Yes. There are hundreds of articles that are published showing Neurofeedback’s efficacy on a wide range of conditions including but not limited to; ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, pain, epilepsy, stroke, bi-polar disorder, behavioral problems, learning difficulties, auditory processing, speech and language problems, autism spectrum disorders and more.
If I am taking medication, should I stop?
No. Your doctor prescribed these medications to alter the function of your neurotransmitters and chemicals. Stopping these powerful medications can be detrimental. We suggest discussing Neurofeedback with your provider and letting them know you have chosen this evidence-based alternative and that extensive monitoring to the known side effects of the medication may arise as the brain begins to do the work on its own. Titration methods to reduce or eliminate the medication should only be prescribed by a licensed professional who is trained in this practice of reducing or altering the medication schedule or dosing.
How long before I notice any changes?
Most people report better sleep within the first 10 sessions and better focus. This is not the case for everyone since all brains are different and respond differently to Neurofeedback much like not all people respond to medications the same way. Should you notice any negative behaviors or feelings arise, this is normal. A lot of times our negative self-talk and feelings lie behind a cloud of fogginess that is caused by the brain "suppressing" these feelings. As the Neurofeedback clears the fog, we begin to become aware of the self-talk and it can be difficult. This is when we would suggest seeking professional help with a licensed therapist to help you navigate the feelings and achieve success in managing them through the therapeutic process.
A lot of times we are able to process these things on our own, but professionals provide proven "tools" to help us process these things in a shorter amount of time.
Can I do anything at home to enhance or practice Neurofeedback?
No. You need the reinforcement and monitoring of the brainwaves to provide the feedback that your brainwaves are in the right state to be rewarded. Most people cannot feel the microvolt changes in brainwave activity well enough to recognize the shift towards balance.
Are the effects of Neurofeeback permanent?
Yes! This is barring a head injury or a major life changing event. Most of the long-term studies show that once the brain learns the new behavior of better focus or better relaxation or better etc... it does not tend to change back. We do sometimes get families that will come back for a "refresher" over the summer or a few weeks’ time but this is rare.
How many sessions will I need and how often?
There is no magic number of sessions that a person may require. We have seen people have amazing permanent changes in 10 sessions while others begin to show change after the 10th session. We do suggest that Neurofeedback be done at least 2-3 times per week in office or 5-10 times at home if you are participating in an in-home program like the one we offer.
Does my insurance cover this?
Not all plans have Neurofeedback coverage. It has been our experience that it is difficult unless your plan provides out of network coverage. We typically do not accept the insurance assignment, but we can provide you with a superbill and proof of service to show the insurance company. We suggest looking into scholarships and grants that provide assistance and accept Neurofeedback as an approved modality of treatment for your condition.
We also have a no interest financing program available.
Adrian E. Quevedo, M.S.
Founder and CEO, Advanced Health & Performance Institute, LLC
Adrian E. Quevedo has been a leader in Quantitative EEG (qEEG) & Neurofeedback for more than a decade having trained with some of the most respected and well known Neurofeedback pioneers such as Steve Stockdale Ph.D. and Richard Soutar Ph.D.
As a Neurofeedback practitioner, Adrian has seen tremendous benefit for patients with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders.
Adrian earned his M.S. Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University. It was at the University of Central Florida, while working on his B.A. that a Neuropsychology class exposed Adrian to the field of qEEG and Neurofeedback and leading him to pursue training from Lexicor, the leader in qEEG Research at the time.