The brain, while an impressively resilient structure, is also delicate. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when any external force leads to dysfunction. This injury can lead to a variety of symptoms and can range in severity from slight dizziness to slipping into a coma. Because your brain controls everything from your physicality and behavior to thoughts and emotions, a traumatic brain injury can be particularly devastating. So, it’s important to know that there are effective treatment options available that are non-invasive and drug-free.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injury is becoming an increasingly popular subject in medical circles, as professionals try to find ways to protect athletes, football players in particular, from the life-long damage repeated concussions can lead to. Brain injuries can be sustained in a variety of different ways, but most commonly we see car accidents, falls, and sports injuries as the leading causes of TBI.
Symptoms Of TBI And Concussion
Depending on what part of the brain is affected by an injury, the presentation of symptoms may vary. Most commonly, we see:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dazed, confused, or disoriented state
- Headaches, nausea, vomiting
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Changes in sleep
- Loss of appetite
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Loss of memory
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Symptoms of depression or anxiety
A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury. It is considered mild because the trauma typically only causes temporary brain dysfunction. Unfortunately, recovering from a concussion or other type of brain injury is not always smooth sailing. Some patients notice symptoms of concussion or TBI that linger long after the injury is supposedly healed.
qEEG Brain Mapping To Treat Concussion
While specific symptoms may indicate different areas of the brain have been impacted, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact areas that were injured without the right tools. qEEG brain mapping allows us to identify the exact brain structures and frequencies that were injured. By identifying what areas need to be treated, we can customize a treatment plan that targets those specific frequencies to help TBI and concussion patients recover more efficiently and more effectively.
Neurofeedback And TBI
With the results of the qEEG brain map, we can use neurofeedback therapy to increase cortical gray matter and white matter, as well as increase thalamo-cortical connectivity. Because recovering from a traumatic brain injury is a complex process, it is important to gradually increase the training posed to the brain through neurofeedback to prevent any additional trauma. The goal of neurofeedback is to restore brain function and forge new neural pathways. We approach this restoration through a two-part process. First, we work to alleviate symptoms. Once we’ve achieved successful symptom reduction, we then use neurofeedback to help restore levels of stamina, focus, processing, and concentration so you can achieve your same, or even improved, levels of performance after concussion or TBI.
If you’ve suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury and don’t feel like your recovery has helped you reach 100%, qEEG brain mapping and neurofeedback could be the solution you’re looking for. Contact our brain specialists at NeurOptimize today to schedule a free consultation.