Brain Injury

About 1.4 million individuals suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. A TBI occurs when one receives a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury that affects brain functioning. They commonly result from falls (28%), motor vehicle-traffic crashes (20%), struck by or against another object (19%) and assaults (11%).

Recently, awareness has increased about head injuries suffered during sports.  In 2007, an estimated 125,000 head injuries were seen in emergency rooms related to sports. Another group at serious risk of brain injury are military personnel in war zones, with blasts being the leading cause of TBIs. Because symptoms can be slow to manifest, mild TBI is one of the most under diagnosed injuries.

Symptoms associated with mild TBI include:

  • Becoming disorganized
  • Having difficulty completing activities in a reasonable amount of time
  • Becoming frustrated, irritable and having outbursts of anger or rage
  • Problems with word finding (i.e., remembering the right word to say)
  • Becoming easily overwhelmed
  • Problems with memory
  • Increased frequency of headaches
  • Increased impulsiveness, impatience, risk taking or social impropriety
  • Fibromyalgia type symptoms: mental fogginess, difficulties getting restorative sleep, diffuse pain.
  • Problems with physical balance, dizziness, tremor, or clumsiness
  • Problems reading letters and words
  • Having difficulty changing plans or switching form one activity to another
  • Confusion telling right form left
  • Getting lost or unable to find your way to a known location
  • Being fidgety and having trouble remaining seated

These symptoms are easily dismissed but for the individual experiencing them, they can be debilitating. Neurofeedback focuses on the dysregulated brain wave activity caused by the brain injury with an aim of minimizing many of the symptoms mentioned above. By reducing negative symptoms, neurofeedback can significantly improve daily functioning allowing the individual to attend to routine tasks that may have become unmanageable.

Because neurofeedback specifically targets the parts of the brain that have been affected in TBI, neurofeedback offers a unique and effective tool for recovery. Neurofeedback cannot restore actual tissue damage; however, it can work with traumatized tissues to move the neurons toward more normal activity, relieving many symptoms in the process. Contact us to learn more.