The effects from a traumatic brain injury can wreak havoc on your life. Constant headaches, blurred vision and rapid mood swings can present as major obstacles to achieving a successful day. Ignoring your symptoms or postponing your therapy sessions will only worsen your condition, which could lead to severe health issues. Begin healing from your traumatic brain injury today. The first step toward recovery is an evaluation by your health care provider who can then implement a specialized treatment plan to help alleviate the effects of your traumatic brain injury.
Several types of treatments can help you begin your recovery from a traumatic brain injury. One non-invasive, effective treatment that could reduce TBI symptoms is neurofeedback therapy.
Neurofeedback therapy is a holistic treatment that aims to train the brain to help an individual focus, as well as reduce their stress and anxiety levels, improve their sleeping patterns, and address other health-related issues. While neurofeedback is a safe treatment for those suffering an array of conditions, including ADHD and depression, it could also help those who have suffered from TBIs or concussions.
Neurodeedback therapy made news in early 2016 when retired NFL-offensive lineman Dave Studdard opened up about his struggles coping with the aftermath of suffering from so many concussions (he believes he had about 200). Studdard, who played for the Denver Broncos from 1979 to 1988, said that he decided to try neurofeedback therapy in 2015 after experiencing several serious symptoms. Studdard explained, he “couldn’t get anything clear in my mind… a constant fog. I felt like I was in a big fog and didn’t know how to get out.” But after going to just a few sessions of neurofeedback therapy, Studdard noticed a huge difference. “It just opened up on me," he said. "I feel like I’m 35 years old again. They’ve given me back my life that the NFL took away from me.”
Neurofeedback therapy is reportedly helping other retired NFL players, too, including former Denver Bronco, Jon Keyworth.
What a Neurofeedback Therapy Session Looks Like
A neurofeedback session lasts about 30 minutes long. First, the neurofeedback provider strategically places sensors on the patient's head to measure brain waves. During the session, the patient has the option of watching a TV show or a movie of their choice. Programs are generally positive and upbeat because the goal is to encourage the brain to self-regulate and enhance brain function.
Your journey toward recovery is unique.
While some people, like Studdard, have seen an improvement in their condition rather quickly, other individuals may require additional treatment sessions before they experience more noticeable improvement.
Christina Gravinese, neurofeedback provider at the Northport Wellness Center in New York explains that neurofeedback therapy and its effectiveness are based on the individual. “Everybody is coming to me for different reasons," she says, "and there are tons of external factors involved.”
During a patient’s first consultation, Ms. Gravinese explains the details of neurofeedback treatment and its benefits. She works with her patients to develop a customized TBI recovery plan, which includes considering other factors, such as exercising and proper nutrition, that can maximize the results.
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