Benefits of Neurotherapy with Brain Injury – Concussion – Stroke
In cases of TBI, neurofeedback is probably better than any medication or supplement. – Richard Brown, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Anyone who has suffered a stroke knows the devastating, life altering changes that occur. Often movement will be restricted or lost all together on one side, speech may be impacted or lost entirely, and the functioning of the brain feels frustratingly compromised. Physical therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy and occupational therapy play a role. However, after 2 years fewer gains are typically made (and fewer expected). Enter neurotherapy.
When the brain suffers damage, often slower brainwaves—delta and theta—rush to the site of the injury to begin repairing. These are the brainwaves babies, toddlers and youth spend much time in while their brains are developing because their brains are developing. These slow waves are the waves of angiogenesis, neuroplasticity, and neurogenesis. Thus, it makes perfect sense that the brain would produce these waves when trying to regenerate damaged tissue.
However, the patterns of delta and theta become locked, entrenched, and habitual, preventing growth out of the stroke/TBI disabled state. The use of neurotherapy, pulsed electromagnetic frequency, and neurofeedback can create profound shifts in your ability to recuperate and recover from your injury.
With neurotherapy, we can target train specific areas of the brain that relate to speech (for example, Broca’s or Wernicke’s area) or movement (such as the sensory motor strip). By reinforcing the frequencies and patterns we want to see the brain generate, we can help ease you back into your normal ways of being.
A clenched and unusable hand may become operational again. An easy gait returns to replace a stiff stagger. Fluid speech begins first in word finding, then sentence completion, into full conversation.
A caveat: the level of recovery that can be achieved is not predictable and the willingness, hope, patience and cooperation of the patient is essential to success. Overall, neurotherapy has been successfully applied to patients with mild traumatic brain injury. Hundreds of case studies have been presented at conferences, published in academic journals and, most importantly, undertaken for the ultimate benefit of those involved.
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