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Neurofeedback and Post- Stroke Recovery

neurofeedback for stroke recoveryA stroke is the sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow. Depending on the region of the brain affected, a stroke may cause paralysis, speech impairment, loss of memory and reasoning ability, coma, or death. A stroke also is sometimes called a brain attack or a cerebrovascular accident (CVA).1

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.2

Conventional therapy has traditionally involved physical, occupational, and speech therapy to adress continuing issues such as paralysis, weakness, trouble with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory, and problems understanding or forming speech.

Once you have had one stroke, there is a greatly increased risk for recurrence, especially in the time directly following the event. The treatment of underlying conditions  including heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, and diabetes is essential to prevent another stroke. Changes in diet and lifestyle are important to adress these issues, in addition to the other therapies provided.

As this article is being updated, we are facing a world wide pandemic. In December of 2019 a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) or COVID-19 as it is now known, has quickly spread worldwide. Emerging evidence suggests for a potential increased risk for cerebrovascular diseases in patients with COVID-19.3

Neurofeedback as an Adjunct Therapy in Stroke Recovery

Neurofeedback is non-invasive, completely safe and side- effect free therapy that shows great promise as an adjuct therapy in the treatment of stroke.

Common Conditions Treated with Neurofeedback

What is Neurofeedback?

What is Neurofeedback?Neurofeedback is a type of brain training or biofeedback that uses  real-time displays of brain activity—most commonly electroencephalography (EEG)- to train a client to regulate their own brain waves. Neurofeedback is approaching the mainstream- this article in the Washington Post about neurofeedback extols it’s virtues as an adjunct treatment for a wide variety of brain disorders, including PTSD, pain and anxiety.

A neurofeedback session is a bit like playing a video game with your brain. EEG (electoencephlograph) Sensors are placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity, with measurements displayed using video displays or sound. Clients can learn over time and repeated sessions to self- adjust brainwaves back into the normal range, resulting in a reduction of emotional or neurological symptoms.

For those who find it difficult to come into the office regularly for sessions, neurofeedback is also available as a home care therapy. Click here for more information on neurofeedback training at home.

What is Neurofeedback Used For?