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Neuroscience of

Post-Concussion Symptoms

Concussion Can Cause Long-Lasting Alterations in Brain Function 

Concussion doesn’t always involve hitting your head. A fall or whiplash can cause impact between the brain and skull.

On-going symptoms can occur from compensatory changes in the brain instead of fully recovering after concussion.


These compensatory changes can contribute to future anxiety, depression, insomnia, and headaches.

EEG brain mapping can direct neurofeedback protocols to help the brain fully recover after concussion.


Dr. Holden MacRae

Professor of Sports Medicine, Pepperdine University
High Performance Physiologist, Red Bull High Performance Center

"The relative efficacy of qEEG directed neurofeedback in the treatment of post-concussive syndrome in contrast to the nearly complete absence of published studies of the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation or of other therapies in the remediation of post-concussion syndrome, warrants the continued use of this treatment modality."

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The usefulness of quantitative EEG (QEEG) and neurotherapy in the assessment and treatment of post-concussion syndrome

"Quantitative EEG has been shown to be highly sensitive (96%) in identifying post-concussion syndrome, and neurofeedback has been shown in a number of studies to be effective in significantly improving or redressing the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome".

Duff J. The usefulness of quantitative EEG (QEEG) and neurotherapy in the assessment and treatment of post-concussion syndrome. Clin EEG Neurosci. 2004;35(4):198-209. doi:10.1177/155005940403500410

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EEG slow waves in traumatic brain injury: Convergent findings in mouse and man


Conclusion: "Taken together, our data from both mouse and human studies suggest that EEG slow wave quantity and the global coherence index of slow waves may represent a sensitive marker for the diagnosis and prognosis of mTBI and post-concussive symptoms".

Modarres, Mo & Kuzma, Nicholas & Kretzmer, Tracy & Pack, Allan & Lim, Miranda. (2016). EEG slow waves in traumatic brain injury: Convergent findings in mouse and man. Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. 1. 10.1016/j.nbscr.2016.06.001. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EEG Brain Map?

An EEG brain map objectively measures brain function for people between the ages of 6 and 92. It identifies specific regions of the brain that may be producing too much, or too little electrical activity compared to a controlled, normative database of your same age and gender.


A brain map takes less than an hour to record and is neither invasive nor painful. You simply wear a cap with 19 sensors that record your brain’s electrical activity while you relax in a chair. It is similar to having an EKG record your heart. It’s as safe as a stethoscope!

Is there supporting research

validating EEG brain mapping?

Yes, there are hundreds of research studies on EEG for a wide variety of symptoms, including memory problems, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), ADD/ADHD, and processing issues.


EEG is considered the “Gold Standard” in neuroscience for measuring real-time brain function. EEG brain mapping is used by the Department of Defense as well as top institutions including UCLA, UCSD, Stanford and many others.

Will insurance pay for my EEG brain map?

Even though EEG brain mapping has hundreds of research studies, currently, insurance does not pay or reimburse for EEG brain maps. The current insurance model is to prescribe medications solely based on symptoms and history. EEG technology is still a few years away from being considered a “main stream” medical diagnostic tool. However, the Brain Performance Center has recently reduced the price for a full EEG brain map to only $500 (the price for the last 5 years has been $975). This helps make it an affordable, out-of-pocket brain health investment.

How will a brain map help me?

Without an EEG brain map, healthcare providers and therapists rely solely on subjective information like symptoms and history. Neuroscience research has identified 6 different types of brain physiology that can produce anxiety symptoms and 6 others that can produce ADHD symptoms.


Many symptoms can be the result of abnormal brain activity during sleep cycles. Understanding the physiological source is imperative to any treatment plan. EEG brain mapping is the technology that provides an objective assessment to help direct the most effective brain health interventions.

Can I record a brain map even if I

am currently taking medication?

Yes, continue to take your medications prescribed by your doctor. We know how medications affect your brain map and can account for this when reviewing the results.

How do I schedule an EEG brain map?

Call our office at (800) 385-0710 or email us at:

Based on my EEG brain map,

will you recommend specific interventions?

An EEG brain map can help identify if your brain function is being affected by nutritional deficiencies, environmental factors, genetic factors, sleep cycle dysfunction, or due to post-concussion activity. If one or more of these are identified, we will recommend specific nutritional interventions, changes to your diet, changes in lifestyle, specific genetic tests, or EEG biofeedback sessions (Neurofeedback) to optimize your brain’s electrical activity. 

Who reviews my brain map results with me?

Once your brain map is fully processed, you will have a 1-hour consultation to review your brain map findings with our Director of Neuroscience, Bryan Hixson. Mr. Hixson is one of the leading neuroscience experts in quantitative EEG brain mapping, neurocognitive testing, neurofeedback brain training, and nutritional cellular health.


Mr. Hixson is a brain health expert consultant for AARP’s Staying Sharp platform, serving 38 million members. He is also the Director of Digital Brain Health for Sharecare/, the founder and neuroscience director of the Brain Performance Centers, and an EEG brain mapping contractor for the U.S. Army. Additionally, Mr. Hixson is the co-founder of BrainSpan Laboratories, which is used by over 1,000 doctors nationwide. It is the most clinically validated blood spot test available for optimizing fatty acids related to brain health.

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