Traditionally, there have been few formal rehabilitation options for people who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) more than two years in the past.
Experts believed any progress made would be made within those first two years.
Sometimes additional physical, speech, or occupational therapy may be offered, but no major progress has usually been expected at that point.
Damage experienced in a stroke or traumatic brain injury has the potential to be addressed with neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback may help connectivity and timing in the brain, and specific areas of the brain may be targeted to have the most impact.
Some common repercussions of stroke and TBI that can be helped are:
- Mood Regulation
- Better Behavior Control
- Headache Reduction
- Restorative Sleep
- Fine Motor Skills
Neurofeedback addresses symptoms associated with TBI because the brain regulates each of those issues.
For people recovering from stroke and TBI, neurofeedback training may be particularly helpful in improving speech. During brain training, the specific areas of the brain associated with speech may be targeted, strengthened, and improved. In fact, some neuropsychologists believe that neurofeedback may be rehabilitating the damaged speech areas of the brain, rather than just compensating for the dysfunction.
A speech therapist specializing in stroke and TBI began neurofeedback training with her patients in the first hospital-based program to use neurofeedback training.
When interviewed, the speech therapist reported more instances of progress in speech improvement for stroke and TBI patients in the one year since implementing neurofeedback training than in the whole previous ten years combined. She feels that training the brain increases success exponentially.
The extent of recovery possible after stroke or TBI depends on numerous factors.
However, the experience of therapists and their patients has shown that many people improve significantly, even well after the incident, through neurofeedback brain training.
Neurofeedback is also an excellent method for treatment of stroke and TBI because it is: