Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), commonly referred to as a head injury, is a brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head.
Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury). Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths. Every day, 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Those who survive a TBI can face effects lasting a few days to disabilities which may last the rest of their lives.
Effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). These issues not only affect individuals but can have lasting effects on families and communities.
Treatment of TBI
Due to the complexity of the brain, and the wide range of symptoms, patients with TBI usually require treatment from more than one source. In Western medicine, doctors do surgery and prescribe medication to stabilize the patient. Once stabilized the individual may require treatment for behavior disorders, cognitive impairment, balance and motor disorder, mood swings, and much more.
Neurofeedback is indicated for mild TBI. More complex cases of TBI are usually handled with Western approaches.
Neurofeedback and the Treatment of TBI
With neurofeedback, we can help to retrain the brain to function normally. Using an qEEG (Electro-encephalogram) to chart damaged areas of the brain, the neurofeedback practitioner can get an idea of which of the many variables in a EEG readout are indicated for treatment. A treatment plan can then be formulated and neurofeedback sessions can be administered.
More EEG reading are used to measure progress, as neurofeedback works to restore brain waves to their normal wavelength and amplitude. Normalizing brain waves leads to a remission of symptomology associated with a mild TBI.
A moderate amount of research has been done on using neurofeedback to treat TBIs. A literature review of neurofeedback for TBI studies from 2013 looked at 22 previous research projects. In the review, all studies demonstrated positive findings, neurofeedback to be highly effective in the treatment of TBI in that neurofeedback led to improvement in measures of impairment.
If you want more verification, here is an exhaustive list of supporting research on neurofeedback and TBI.
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Updated March 2020