Stroke

A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is either interrupted or reduced. When this happens, the brain does not get enough oxygen or nutrients which cause brain cells to die. The affected area of the brain cannot function which might result in the inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, the inability to understand or formulate speech or an inability to see one side of a visual field. There are three main kinds of strokes; ischemic, hemorrhagic, and TIA, all of which need immediate medical assistance.

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Neurofeedback & Strokes

Neurofeedback has shown to improve neuroplasticity for people who have suffered a stroke.  At the Brain & Wellness Center we are able to provide exercise for your brain in order to help with the recovery process.  We have found that overall attention, language processing, working memory, and even motor coordination are positively impacted with Neurofeedback.  Another benefit of Neurofeedback is that it can control other associated symptoms such as headaches, pain, and depression.   We also have the ability to provide clients with a Brain map which can pinpoint where the problem areas are located and how we should go about training the brain to reach optimal functioning.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury is defined as an insult to the brain caused by an external force that may produce diminished or altered states of consciousness, which results in impaired cognitive abilities or physical functioning.

What can neurofeedback do for TBI?

  • Enhance learning
  • Improve short term and long term memory
  • Increase Alpha & Beta waves (calm & alert waves) and decrease Theta waves (slow, sleepy waves)
  • Improve attention and focus
  • Improve problem solving deficits
  • Emotional control
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Physical balance

*At the Brain & Wellness Center we are able to provide a brain map in order to see where the injury and other affected areas are and what we can do to improve or correct the problem.

Case Studies

  • Schoenberger et al (2001) compared treatment (25 sessions) with the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) of 9 mild and 3 moderate TBI patients with a wait-list control group. They found significant improvement in measures of attention and recall.
  • Thornton and Carmody (2005) found 186% improvement in memory scores in TBI patients treated with neurofeedback compared to a control group with no TBI history.
  • When Thornton and Carmody (2008) compared neurocognitive rehabilitation strategies, medication treatment, and neurofeedback treatment in an effect size analysis, neurofeedback appeared more efficacious than other treatment strategies.
  • Ayers (1999) have even brought many patients out of coma using neurofeedback.

What does the doctor say?

The accumulating work on neurofeedback led by Frank H. Duffy, M.D., a Professor and Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard Medical School, stated in an editorial in the January 2000 issue of the journal Clinical Electroencephalography that scholarly literature now suggests that neurofeedback “should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used: (p. v). “It is a field to be taken seriously by all” (p. vii)

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