With brain injury, it is critically important to understand how the injury has impacted brain function overall.
At The Brain Trainer, we measure brain function with a quantitative EEG brain map, so that we can see the areas of the brain that have been negatively impacted by the injury…. language, memory, executive function, and motor function…. etc.
Once we see the source of the problem, we target that area for change through neurofeedback brain training.
The external force that causes the injury either directly damages the brain by penetrating the skull, or rapid acceleration/deceleration and impact with the skull causes lesions (bruising) to the brain’s surface as it hits the uneven inner surface of the skull), or nerve cell fibres to be stretched, strained or torn; this damage may be microscopic but can still severely disrupt the regulation of the brain, and therefore impact brain function or behaviour.
Even so-called mild TBI can result in debilitating ‘post concussion syndrome’ symptoms including depression, ADHD-like symptoms, headaches, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, temper outbursts and aggression, memory problems, sleep disorders and sexual dysfunction, depending on which part of the brain was damaged.
Neurofeedback cannot repair physical damage to the brain’s physical structure, but it can use neuroplasticity to exercise and develop new neural pathways and restore brain function.
In the early stages after a traumatic brain injury, neurofeedback can be helpful with the head pain that is often experienced, as well as with nausea, irritability, mental confusion, and sleep difficulties.
Over the longer term, neurofeedback can be helpful with energy level, vigilance, effort fatigue, cognitive dysfunction traceable to the injury, sensory hypersensitivity, and executive function. Eventually memory function should recover as well.
‘Traumatic Brain Injury’ (TBI) refers to brain injury caused by external force. TBIs are often categorised as mild, moderate or severe; however these categories refer to how long consciousness was lost at the time of the injury, and don’t necessarily relate to the severity of the symptoms experienced afterwards.
A variety of these symptoms can be improved through Neurofeedback training:
Neurofeedback works because the brain regulates each of those issues.