Traumatic Brain Injury
Have you suffered an accident and experienced a concussion, whiplash or a traumatic brain injury? Are you experiencing a change in your cognitive abilities and your behaviour? Is your family telling you that you have changed?
Approximately 1.5 million people in Canada are living with a brain injury. Individuals can suffer from a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to: memory problems, inability to concentrate, irritability, headaches, fatigue, sleep difficulties, balance problems, hormone imbalances and increased sensitivity to light and sounds.
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries and concussions varies depending on the symptoms and severity of the injury. The most common treatment interventions include rehabilitation programs and medication. In the case of concussions some clients with less severe symptoms recover on their own without any intervention. Others continue to experience difficulties long after their injury or despite medical intervention. Furthermore, there are still a vast number of individuals who are told there are no treatment options available for them and they are left to cope with symptoms that dramatically affect their quality of life. A non-invasive, new and innovative treatment alternative is Neurotherapy. The aim of Neurotherapy is to reduce inflammation and achieve brain homeostasis, a state identical or as close as possible to the pre-injury state.
BRAIN PATTERNS AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Stretching of neurons results in an indiscriminate release of neurotransmitters and uncontrolled brain change. When ionic gradients are disrupted, cells respond by activating ion pumps in an attempt to restore the normal membrane potential. Pump activation increases glucose utilization (the individual may feel lethargic and low in energy). This contributes to dramatic increases in the local cerebral metabolic rate for glucose. This hypermetabolism occurs in tandem with mildly decreased cerebral blood flow (headaches), which contributes to the disparity between glucose supply and demand. Changes in brain frequencies are directly responsible for many of the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. Another facet that is a common EEG indicator of traumatic brain injury is problems in the communication between different areas of the brain. In general, the more severe the brain injury, the more deviant the EEG measures (Thatcher et al., 1998). After a post traumatic brain injury, the neural networks in beta, alpha and gamma “knit themselves back together.”
Neurotherapy can treat these deficits by regulating either the under or over-arousal and promoting communication between brain areas. Neuromodulation can decrease inflammation, regulate blood flow and increase central nervous system repair.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WITH NEUROTHERAPY?
Neurotherapy targets underlying brain patterns that lead to the symptoms experienced because of your traumatic brain injury. Studies show clients experience improvements in learning and memory deficits (Reddy et al., 2009), attention and response accuracy (Tinius and Tinius, 2000), as well as overall quality of life (Reddy et al., 2009; Walker et al., 2002). A great benefit of Neurotherapy is that it tackles a wide variety of symptoms and leads to an overall improvement of life quality.
RESEARCH ON NEUROTHERAPY & CONCUSSIONS AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Neurofeedback and traumatic brain injury: a literature review
May, G., MD, Benson, R., MD, Balon, R., MD, & Boutros, N., MD. (november 2013). Neurofeedback and traumatic brain injury: A literature review. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,289-296.
Neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury: Current Trends
Thomas, J. L., & Smith, M. L. (2015). Neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury: Current Trends. Biofeedback,43(1), 31-37.
EEG Neurofeedback therapy: Can it attenuate brain changes in TBI?
Munivenkatappa, A., et al. (2014). EEG Neurofeedback therapy: Can it attenuate brain changes in TBI? NeuroRehabilitiation. 481-4.
LORETA Z-score Neurofeedback-Effectiveness in Rehabilitation of Patients Suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury
Koberda, J.L. (2015). LORETA Z-score Neurofeedback-Effectiveness in Rehabilitation of Patients Suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology.