Stroke remains a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States at a cost of $38 billion per year. About 650,000 persons survive a new stroke yearly and 7 million Americans live with the complications of stroke . Conventional therapy has traditionally involved physical, occupational, and speech therapy, but changes in protocols are currently occurring at a rapid rate due to new scientific discoveries.
Pharmacologic interventions, cell-based and biologic therapies are expensive and come with a wide variety of side effects. Neurofeedback is non-invasive, completely safe and side- effect free, and cost effective compared with conventional medicine.
Recently neurofeedback has gotten some deserved recognition as a viable therapy for post-stroke recovery, even years after the event. A number of studies have confirmed what neurofeedback therapists have known for years- neurofeedback can bring about profound improvements in stroke recovery outcome.
It works by addressing specific areas of the brain that have been affected by the stroke. For example, if a stroke affects the brain’s motor area, neurofeedback training can focus on normalizing that area, often resulting in a restoration of function. A neurofeedback therapist will create a qEEG brain map to target the affected area and monitor progress of the patient over time.
Because of the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is its ability to reorganize and repair itself, when we regulate brain waves through neurofeedback, neural connections within the brain are eventually repaired as well.
Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D., is a neuropsychologist, board-certified health psychologist, board-certified sports psychologist, and trauma therapist with over 35 years experience. In 1990, Dr. Diane had a stroke while driving her car, resulting in a 60 mph head-on auto accident. She found that neurofeedback was key in her recovery, and has subsequently used it on her patients.
“I have not only used neurofeedback personally as a treatment after suffering from my own stroke, but I have also been using it with my patients for over 20 years. It is very effective, especially when used alongside other, various treatment options. For stroke / aneurysm in particular, the combination of physical therapy or speech therapy along with neurofeedback that focuses on repairing the brain function and dysregulation produces a more effective and efficient rehabilitation of the disability, such as the ability to walk again.” -Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.
Read another successful case study of Neurofeedback for Stroke Recovery: http://scottsdaleneurofeedback.com/treatments/stroke-recovery-program/stroke-case-studies/, complete with qEEG brain maps.
In another recent study using neurofeedback to enhance stroke recovery outcome, it was found that 70 % of both patients and controls achieved distinct improvements in verbal short- and long-term memory. Read the abstract here.
For more information on neurofeedback, check out our main website. If you are in the area of Fort Collins or Northern Colorado, give us a call at 970-221-1106 or stop in to schedule a qEEG brain map and your first neurofeedback session.