Neurofeedback for Brain Injury
Time and time again we see clients who are told that their head injury will leave long-lasting effects on the brain and (in some circumstances) that they should not expect to see any further improvement in brain function 6 months - 1 year after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This has left many of our clients feeling lost and without any hope of recovery after experiencing a brain injury.
But we have some good news! Research into Neuroplasticity and brain recovery, coupled with our own clinical experience at Sydney Neurofeedback Centre tell us that the brain is constantly restructuring, reshaping and recovering at any point following a brain injury.
After undertaking Neurofeedback treatment and stimulation technologies for TBI, our clients report a range of cognitive improvements including greater processing speed, ability to concentrate and maintain attention, enhanced memory, stable mood and overall greater satisfaction in life.
So let's take a closer look:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined as "an insult to the brain caused by an external force that may produce diminished or altered states of consciousness, which may result in impaired cognitive abilities or physical functioning" (Menks, 1990). It may involve damage to structures of the brain near the point of impact or the direct opposite side of impact (known as the "contrecoup" region). While brain injury can result in immediate physiological swelling and pressure, patients may be left with a variety of cognitive deficits that may be difficult to resolve.
In most cases, recovery from TBI is dependent on the extent of brain damage, age, gender, environmental factors and when the patient commences their rehabilitation.
Neurofeedback offers a safe, evidence-based, effective treatment option at any point in the recovery timeline. It works by regulating frequencies in the brain that are either overactive or underactive as a result of brain injury. Neurofeedback also aims to train neural pathways in the brain that may have been damaged during the injury. Ultimately, Neurofeedback and stim technologies bring the brain into balance to support healthy cognition, memory, attention, emotions and overall wellbeing.
Not only have our clients seen improvements in their symptoms but many have also reported excelling beyond the pre-injury function. And what do we see as the biggest bonus? Patients see benefits whether they start within months of the injury or years later. The brain is always changing and adapting during the Neurofeedback process to build a strong, resilient and healthy brain no matter the circumstances.
The Sydney Neurofeedback Centre Team