Neurofeedback, a non-invasive and drug-free intervention, has effectuated significant improvement in Post-Concussion Syndrome substantiated by research (Majid 2018) confirming the improvement takes place within 16 weeks and is consistent across three cognitive domains – Attention, cognition, and executive functioning.
Concussion is common in contact-sport. It arises from a blow, jolt, or penetrating injury that disrupts normal brain function. Milder concussions can affect consciousness and very severe cases can result in coma or be fatal. There has been a 200% increase in emergency room concussion visits in teens and a doubling in visits for children over the last decade, a large number of these are sports-related.
What Happens in our Brains?
Strong impact makes our brains shift within our skull. This makes our brain release Glutamate (a brain chemical) in excess amounts, killing brain cells in a mistaken attempt at protecting us which can have a detrimental effect on neuronal and network function. The brainstem can also be affected resulting in issues with the autonomic nervous system which controls automatic functions below cognitive control and the endocrine system which regulates hormones throughout our body.
How it affects our Lives…
The severity of concussion is graded by how long the subject has lost consciousness or memory and how strong the associated symptoms are – headaches, dizziness, and attention problems are common. Sensory problems affecting hearing, taste, and hypersensitivity to sound are compounded by cognitive problems – confusion, distraction, slurred speech, etc. Problems with nausea/vomiting, balance, emotional sensitivity, and mood swings are also very common. Due to the effect on hormonal glands, concussion also affects fertility, libido, and menstrual cycles.
Neurofeedback for restoring brain function
Neurofeedback is a non- invasive method that promotes a return to optimal brain regulation, flexibility, and stability which leads to an improvement in function and reduction in troublesome symptoms.
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