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Neurofeedback Treatment for Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries in Cary

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Neurofeedback Therapy is an effective treatment for concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

Concussions and other TBI’s affect brain functions and can cause abnormal brainwave patterns as measured by an EEG (electroencephalogram).  Although there are traditional medical treatments for TBI’s, they typically only address and suppress the symptoms (such as headaches), and don’t treat the underlying issues. 

Despite all of the research undertaken to learn more about treating TBI’s, the only known and agreed upon recovery mechanism for concussions is self-recovery, or in other words, the brain needs to repair itself.  This is where neurofeedback can help.

Concussions have been successfully treated with neurofeedback since 1975, and the process has been shown to speed recovery time and improve cognitive abilities in concussion patients.  

Every brain injury is unique since the affected areas of the brain are specific to where the brain was injured.  Identifying the injured areas through brain mapping allows MyBrainDr to identify irregularities and target those areas with neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback therapy helps the brain find its own path to recovery as it gets retrained to return to its normal functions.  This retraining occurs subconsciously as the patient responds to visual and audio feedback, which is then used by the brain to help readjust brainwaves back to normal functions.

Facts about concussions and TBI’s.

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by either an impact to the head or by the head moving rapidly back and forth due to a fall or other quick movement of the body.  Effects of TBI’s are usually temporary but can often include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination.  While most people will fully recover from a concussion, an untreated concussion makes future concussions and other brain disorders much more likely.  

Most concussions don’t include a loss of consciousness, and in fact, it’s possible to have a concussion and not even know it. Furthermore, the symptoms of a concussion can often be subtle and not immediately recognized, and can sometimes last for weeks or longer.  

Symptoms of concussions are often grouped into four categories:

Thinking/Remembering:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems with information recall

Physical

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness

Emotional/Mood

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety

Sleep Disturbance

  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Sleeping less than normal
  • Trouble falling asleep

Other common symptoms of concussions include:

  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Head pressure
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Slurred speech
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Delayed response to questions and stimuli
  • Appearing dazed

Traumatic brain injuries and recreational sports.

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).

Additional Information

Is Neurofeedback Therapy a clinically proven treatment for concussions and TBI’s?

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?

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“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.

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“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.”

MyBrainDr successfully treats concussion and other TBI patients with neurofeedback therapy in Cary, North Carolina.  Click below to schedule your free consultation today!

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