Neurofeedback Therapy For Concussions
Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries Naturally With Neurofeedback
This field has become popular quite recently owing to the development of electronics and computer technology that helps map your brain signals accurately, enabling a medical practitioner to administer the neurofeedback mechanism on a real-time basis to modulate the behavior of the brain related to the specific area of interest such as dealing with motor capabilities, cognition ability to sense the environment, excessive stress or hyperactivity and many more. PTSD, which is also known as post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the many fields that has shown extensive capabilities of responding to neurofeedback compared to psychotherapy or medication as well as show retention of the positive effects for a very long time after the treatment is over. In the same spree, traumatic brain injury is also dealt with very effectively using biofeedback or neurofeedback compared to other medications and drugs.
Neurofeedback is also known as biofeedback, EEG biofeedback or Neurotherapy, which refer to a process that naturally improves the brain functioning or talking mechanism between the channels through intensive training exercises based on direct or real-time feedback in the form of EEG or electroencephalogram signals emitted from the brain. The way it works is that a prior understanding is made to locate the areas of the brain that have been negatively affected post a traumatic brain injury or a concussion. Once the area has been identified, it is targeted using a repetitive brain learning exercise to try to alter the brain activity to normal levels.
It has been found through several studies that the brain has the ability to alter its responses to stimuli throughout the life as opposed to the prior understanding that it stops reshaping after a certain age. In this regard, after a traumatic brain injury or a concussion, the therapist makes a qEEG (quantitative EEG) map of the patient’s brain to locate the active and non-active areas. These are checked with response to the specific stimulus that must activate certain areas and in case there is any discrepancy regarding this activation map, the therapist tries to modulate the brain by passing it through several sessions of learning exercises until the brain starts to function normally as before. It has been found promising because several independent studies have found it successful to this date with a significantly higher level of accuracy.
The novelty of this therapy compared to other rehabilitation methods ranging from computerized exercises or medication is “feedback” and hence, the name neurofeedback. If the feedback weren’t there, it was impossible to administer anything to the brain. Thus, the ability to correctly measure the electrical signals emitted from the various cortical areas of the brain helps create a functional map of the brain that guides any therapist through the complete procedure of repetitive learning. The feedback is received every half second, which makes it such a robust and extensive procedure for training the brain. This is similar to learning a new skill by training the brain directly to respond the way the therapist desires that’s helpful for a long term.
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