No known side-effects
Long lasting benefits
Neurofeedback has been proven beneﬁcial in lowering cortisol levels in TBI survivors. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is often elevated following even a mTBI & has been linked to:⁴
• slower healing
• memory formation
• inﬂammatory response
• weight gain
• sleep patterns
• blood sugar ﬂuctuations
Recreational sports are a leading cause of concussions, and in fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently concluded that “sports concussions in the United States have reached an epidemic level.” It is estimated that there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the US every year, with high school athletes sustaining approximately 300,000 of them.
High school football has repeatedly been shown to be the sport with the highest proportion of concussions (47.1%) and the highest concussion rate (6.4 concussions per 10,000 athletic exposures). It is estimated that at least one player sustains a mild concussion in nearly every football game played. And although these concussions are rarely fatal, according to the New York Times, “at least 59 youth football players from 20 different states have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field since 1997.”
Neurofeedback is not only effective treatment for brain irregularities after a concussion, but it can also help document what normal brain activity is before a traumatic brain event. For example, before an athlete begins a program that is likely to injure their brain (such as high school football), they can document their ‘baseline’ brainwave activity to have an accurate comparison point for future scans that can be done after the potentially injurious program is started. For a high school football player, subsequent EEG scans can show unknown or the beginning of long-term damage that may be occurring to brainwaves due to the repeated blows to the head (or helmet).
Yes, Neurofeedback Therapy is a clinically proven treatment for concussions and TBI’s.
There are many research studies that show positive support for neurofeedback as a treatment for concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Please see a few examples below and don’t hesitate to contact MyBrainDr for additional information and studies.
Quantitative EEG Neurometric Analysis-Guided Neurofeedback Treatment in Postconcussion Syndrome (PCS): Forty Cases. How Is Neurometric Analysis Important for the Treatment of PCS and as a Biomarker?
“In this clinical case series, the efficacy of quantitative EEG-guided neurofeedback in 40 subjects diagnosed with PCS was investigated. Overall improvement was seen in all the primary (Symptom Assessment-45 Questionnaire, Clinical Global Impressions Scale, Hamilton Depression Scale) and secondary measures (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Test of Variables for Attention).”
“The Neuroguide Traumatic Brain Index for the group also showed a decrease. Thirty-nine subjects were followed up long term with an average follow-up length of 3.1 years (CI = 2.7-3.3). All but 2 subjects were stable and were off medication. Overall neurofeedback treatment was shown to be effective in this group of subjects studied.”
Evaluation of differentiated neurotherapy programs for a patient after severe TBI and long termcoma using event-related potentials.
“The rTMS program produced larger physiological and behavioral changes than did relative beta training. A combination of different neurotherapeutical approaches (such as neurofeedback, rTMS, tDCS) can be suggested for similar severe cases of TBI. ERPs can be used to assess functional brain changes induced by neurotherapeutical programs.”
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