How concussion affects your brain
Concussion and other head injuries produce neurological roadblocks that disrupt healthy flow of electrical energy in the synaptic connections and neural pathways of your brain. This can cause many cognitive problems, including brain fog, headaches, disorientation and forgetfulness. Other common symptoms include low energy and poor sleep, which turn daily life into a struggle.
If you may have suffered a concussion, the first important thing to do is see your doctor. They may prescribe a CT or MRI scan that can help diagnose a concussion. However, be cautioned that the hospital may send you home with outdated instructions for concussion treatment. They may tell you to avoid sleep on the first night; or if you do sleep, try to wake up every couple of hours. This idea is not supported by the research. In fact, lack of sleep robs the concussed brain of much needed rest and recovery.
Health care providers trained in the latest concussion treatment methods take a different approach. First, they know that CT and MRI scans only show gross structural changes and miss up to 75% of brain injuries that occur at the microscopic level. Fortunately, there are more sensitive tests, such as EEG, Brain Maps and SPECT, that provide better assessment for concussion and other brain injuries.
Concussion specialists use many holistic treatment methods, including exercise, diet, supplements, cognitive tests, ophthalmological tests and exercises, occupational therapy, physical therapy, biofeedback, and neurofeedback, plus lots of rest and sleep! Concussion professionals can also help you connect the dots between old whiplash or concussion injuries that continue to produce current symptoms, even decades after the initial injury.
Concussion treatment requires a long term holistic mindset. The brain heals slowly because it takes to time grow new neural connections, heal synapses, thicken gray matter of the cerebral cortex, and create new neural pathways to fix or compensate for brain injuries.
This holistic approach is key to successful concussion treatment. Many medical providers are not aware of this because the conventional medical approach to concussion is very limited and based on medication–but drugs do not fix brain injuries nor can they prevent the consequent decline of brain reserves.
Neurofeedback is one of the most powerful methods for retraining and growing your brain. Also, a well-paced activity schedule — with repetition of small activities and rest periods throughout the day — is critically important to concussion recovery. Stress management, diet and supplements can also help to calm the hormonal upheaval that often occurs after brain injury. For example, pituitary damage may decrease your overall hormonal output, but pain may spike high levels of cortisol.
See Images of Your Brain
Brain maps use EEG technology to take pictures of the flow of electricity throughout your brain. These pictures help define exactly what kind of problem you are dealing with, guide treatment planning, and specifically answer how Neurofeedback can help. Brain maps can even show where medication might help, such as stimulants that your doctor might prescribe to help offset sleepy brainwaves.
We use brain maps extensively and every neurofeedback client begins with a comprehensive assessment report. The brain map images help you clearly understand your individual electrical patterns, the highs and lows in your brainwaves, and your unique opportunities for healthier brain balance.
A Personalized Approach
Neurofeedback provides a very customized approach for each individual client. Our brain map assessment compares your brain to a normative database, pinpointing target locations and brainwaves for change. We obtain measurable, quantitative feedback every session so we can see real progress. Brain maps make what is normally an invisible thing visible, with simple understandable pictures.
Neurofeedback clears up slow and fast brainwave imbalances that block healthy neurological processes, freeing your brain to achieve its full potential, with lasting effects that maximize your brain power.
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