Neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head. These TBI'S are often called concussions.
In fact, 30% of all injury related deaths in the US include a traumatic brain injury. As of 2016, every day, 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Those who survive a TBI can face effects lasting a few days to disabilities which may last the rest of their lives.
Effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, restricted movement movement, reduced hearing or viusion and personality changes. These issues not only affect individuals but can have lasting effects on families and communities.
Due to the complexity of the brain and the wide range of symptoms, patients with TBI usually require treatment from more than one source, such as surgery and medications. These can be invaluable when dealing with the initial effects of a TBI.
However, once the patient is stabilized, alternative therapies such as neurofeedback can be an ideal way of dealing with the long term effects. These can include behavior disorders, cognitive impairment, balance and motor disorder, mood swings, and much more.
With neurofeedback, we can help to retrain the brain to function normally. Using an qEEG (Electro-encephalogram) to chart damaged areas of the brain, the neurofeedback practitioner can get an idea of which of the many variables in a EEG readout are indicated for treatment. A treatment plan can then be formulated and neurofeedback sessions can be administered.
Neurofeedback works to restore brain waves to their normal wavelength and amplitude. Normalizing brain waves often leads to a remission of symptoms.
Research has been done on using neurofeedback to treat TBIs. A literature review of neurofeedback for TBI studies from 2013 looked at 22 previous research projects. In the review, all studies demonstrated positive findings, neurofeedback to be highly effective in the treatment of TBI in that neurofeedback led to improvement in measures of impairment.
If you want more verification, here is an exhaustive list of supporting research on neurofeedback and TBI.
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