Q: How should I prepare for the mapping?
A: It is best to do your mapping before 2 pm. If you take stimulants as medication, please skip it for the morning and take your pills after the mapping is complete. If you start your day with coffee, please make sure you do not drink coffee for four hours before the mapping. It is best to fill out the questionnaire before you arrive for your mapping session. It is best to be in good general health and avoid hair products. When the mapping is complete, you will have some leftover gel in your hair. You may want to bring a brush or a hat to cover it if you are uncomfortable walking out with the gel showing in your hair.
Q: What should I expect to happen before and during a neurofeedback session?
A: When you start neurofeedback at Gardens Neurology, your first session will be the brain mapping mentioned above. The mapping will identify any neurological conditions and will allow us to tailor your treatment specifically for your needs. For this preliminary session, you will need to sit still for about twelve minutes (some of the time with your eyes open and some of the time
with your eyes closed) while the machine reads your brainwaves. The session occurs while you are watching a movie, or listening to music, of your choice. Each following session will then consist of a half-hour of brainwave readings, and adjusting again with a movie or music. You may feel thirsty or tired during or after the session.
Q. Why do I need a questionnaire if the brain mapping determines my condition?
A. Upon completing the questionnaire, our tech will input your answers to be compared with what the computer generated mapping determined. It is a way to figure out what is really happening "on the inside" that you may not be able to identify or even realize is happening.
Q: How does watching a movie, or listening to music, help me improve my condition?
A: While you watch the movie, the electrodes placed on your head will read your brainwaves and compare them to healthy ones. If your brainwaves differ from the norm and need adjusting, the screen will blur, or the music will fade, but when your brain adjusts the frequencies it is rewarded by the screen and sound clearing up. With this positive reinforcement, over a number of sessions, your brain will learn healthier functioning leading to an improvement in symptoms.
Q: Does neurofeedback hurt?
A: Neurofeedback is painless and non-invasive.
Q: Does neurofeedback have side effects?
A: Neurofeedback is generally risk-free. While this may vary from person to person, based off of other conditions and circumstances, biofeedback is a very safe choice for almost everyone.
Q: What conditions can neurofeedback treat?
A: Gardens Neurology provides neurofeedback therapy to treat conditions such as anxiety, ADD, depression, inattentiveness, stress, cognitive impairment, and chemobrain. It also works as an additional treatment option for migraine headache and insomnia and chemotherapy induced neuropathy.
Q. What if I have a condition that you can't treat?
A. If you are not responding to NF and need a medical consultation by a doctor other than Dr. Silvers, our center can recommend a specialist in the area. Dr. Silvers developed a network of highly qualified physicians, in many fields, who work with him to provide the best possible outcomes with various treatments.
Q: When can I expect to start feeling the positive effects of neurofeedback?
A: Positive effects of neurofeedback are usually felt following 15-20 sessions when done two to three times a week. Additional sessions are recommended to reinforce positive brainwave changes.
Q: What makes neurofeedback a good choice over other neurological treatments?
A: Neurofeedback has proven results from a number of peer-reviewed scientific studies, and can be used both as an alternative to or in conjunction with other forms of treatment such as medicines.
Q: What makes Gardens Neurology the preferred choice as my neurofeedback provider?
A: At Gardens Neurology, our mission is to provide patient centered care, which means that our number one priority is your health and well-being. Our highly-trained staff provide only the best possible customized treatment for each patient’s unique needs. Unlike other centers, we set up one-on-one sessions with an experienced technician as well as with a nurse practitioner. Dr. Silvers supervises the center, reviews all brain maps and treatment protocols, and is available for appointments and consultations should you choose to discuss your condition(s) with him.
Q. Is Dr. Silvers the right doctor for me?
A. David Silvers, M.D., completed his internal medicine neurology residency at Harvard. He continues to study the scientific side of neurofeedback to ensure that he is familiar with and understands all the clinical scientific research. His expertise is an enormous advantage to have at our center. Dr. Silvers holds three (3) board certifications (Neurology and Psychiatry, Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.)
Q. Are these treatments covered by insurance?
A. Currently, most insurance companies do not cover these services. If you would like to submit a claim to your insurance company we will gladly provide you with the codes to indicate the treatment(s) you received. Some insurances may offer out of network benefits and you may use your HSA account for some payments. When meeting with Dr. Silvers, consulting with our nurse practitioner, or when taking some tests, you may be able to get coverage through your insurer but it is your responsibility to check and make sure that your coverage applies.