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Sarasota's Neurofeedback Therapy Center.
Back to school also means back to playing sports for our children, many of which play contact sports. I am sure most of you have seen the attention concussions are getting on the news nowadays, and the long term affects of traumatic brain injuries, especially in NFL players. This is why we stress the importantance of a pre-season brain map as a baseline.
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when someone suffers a violent blow, bump or jolt to the head that damages the brain. Falls, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents are three of the most frequent causes of TBI. No brain injuries are without their consequences and these injuries can cause mild, moderate or severe brain and body dysfunction, depending on the severity of the damage.
Because of the complexity of the human brain, we have to establish an athlete’s function and create a mini “brain map” before they get injured so that after an injury, we can then use this information to both determine whether or not they have suffered a concussion, as well as determine when they have fully recovered and are safe to return to play. Without having a proper baseline test it becomes very difficult to determine whether all of the athlete’s functional systems have returned to their full functioning capacity because we have no way of knowing what their capacity was before the injury. Due to the risk of potential long-term damage from returning to sport too early, baseline testing is a necessity for proper concussion management.
As with cars, there are many types of Neurofeedback (the vehicle) with the level of sophistication and advanced applications and features ever-changing; exponentially in the recent past as with any other technology. Neurofeedback, in nutshell, is a form of biofeedback that uses the above-mentioned electrical brain recordings to take the client through a process of brain self-regulation. The feedback used to train the brain can be in the form of sounds, visual demonstrations, video games, movies and more, whose performance is directly impacted by the real-time brain waves emitted by the patient. The more the patient’s brain waves fall within the parameters prescribed by the clinician in the training software, the better the performance of the vehicle and driver (patient), and the faster and more efficiently the patient will arrive at their destination.
It is the constant positive reinforcement of the target brain wave ranges over the duration of Neurofeedback training that will ensure the greatest amount of plastic change within the brain and less reliance on the maps to tell it how to get to its desired location. This is indeed, hi-tech learning at its finest.
This is why I stress the importance of pre-season brain map - If your child suffers a concussion you will then have a baseline and can see if there are any changes post-concussion, and if there are, we have a way in which to treat it.
What is Neurofeedback?
Revolution Health Sarasota Neurofeedback Therapy Program is about turning the volume down - not changing anything about the brain except the wave frequency.
What is unique about our Neurofeedback system?
People CAN change their brainwaves. Every time we learn something new we change different patterns of brain waves and activity levels of different waves of the brain. By practicing this, different areas can control different behaviors and activities. The brain can be made stronger and more efficient with neurofeedback by enhancing the signal of noise ratio - keeping noise we don’t want in the background.
How is this done?
Individuals are hooked up to wires and sensors and the computer reads the brain waves. When the brain waves begin to appear in proper order, it feeds back that information to the individual.
Reward process is known as the reinforcement in psychology of behaviors (we learn to ride a bike in the same manner)
Learning is permanent and becomes part of our behavior – Long-term potentiation with neurofeedback can last up to 30 years - (HAMMOND et al 2004)