30 Apr 2018

High Performance Neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injuries

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HEAD INJURY: from Healing Young Brains, Castro, M.D., and Hill, Ph.D.

Head injuries come in a variety of forms. Head trauma can have external causes, as in the case of a car crash, or internal injuries, as in the case of a stroke. Though the brain is incredibly tough, it is also quite delicate. It does not take much of a blow to cause the brain to disregulate. It can be a fall, an unexpected baseball, a fight, or any kind of hit or bang. Children are just as vulnerable as adults, if not more so, to head injuries. Yes, much to the surprise of many people, children even have strokes; sometimes the stroke can occur in utero. Neurofeedback has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for minor brain injury. It is particularly effective when the organic damage is relatively minor. The types of brain injury that respond to neurofeedback include birth trauma, abuse, central nervous system exposure to toxic chemicals, concussion, stroke, central nervous system infection, whiplash, and cerebral palsy. In some instances, the injury does not show up on conventional imaging but can be seen when the neurofeedback practitioner looks at the specific brain wave frequency bands at specific locations on the scalp. Clinicians across the country have successfully treated a variety of closed head injuries.

Whether it is a child or an adult, mild closed head injuries are difficult to deal with and often go undiagnosed. The symptoms of minor head injuries include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, mood changes, insomnia, irritability, poor hearing or slurred speech, and, of course, depression and anxiety.. . . .As we have mentioned before, we believe that many cases of ADHD, epilepsy, hyperactivity, and aggressive behaviors are the result of an undiagnosed head injury.”

Our experiences with head/brain injuries has been successful. Most of them tend to see positive changes early and are significantly improved over time. A good history and a QEEG/Brain Map provide the basis for finding the disregulating neuronal patterns. We have been trained to correct these patterns with neurofeedback.