Experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can devastate the individual and his or her family and friends. Brain damage impacts every aspect of an individual’s daily life – including relationships, career, and ability to function within society. Common TBI symptoms are headaches, brain fog, mood swings, and or blurred vision. Fortunately, neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, is a non-invasive treatment option, with emerging research showing that symptoms associated with TBI can be greatly lessened.
By showing the brain’s internal activity to itself in real-time vis-a-vis audio and visual feedback, the brain learns how to self-improve internal functioning. Neurofeedback does not mask the symptoms; instead, it teaches brain self-regulation, often helping to achieve long-lasting relief with no side effects.
A qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain as measured at the scalp (thus, the procedure is “non-invasive”). The data from the qEEG is mathematically analyzed, providing detailed information on how the injury affects cognitive and/or emotional functioning. This careful analysis creates a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
During a neurofeedback treatment session, electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp providing real-time feedback to the brain. The brain then learns how to either suppress or increase certain frequency bands. This neuromodulation technique also treats patients with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Facilitated by Dr. Michael Villanueva, Coastal Injury Care Center provides industry-leading neurofeedback training to individuals following a personal injury accident, such as a TBI, on a lien basis. They are licensed to provide complex care in a setting conducive to quality care coordination associated with better outcomes, and they provide consistent communication regarding the client’s status and next steps.