Can NeurOptimal® Training Help People with Head Injuries?
Many of our clients come to us after having exhausted all options given to them by their doctors. Clients who have sustained concussions or brain injuries at some point in their past are usually our happiest clients, often seeing shifts fairly quickly. NeurOptimal® is not a “treatment” for anything; it is merely a tool for self optimization that works by simply providing feedback to the brain about what it is doing and the brain uses this information to adjust and perform more optimally.
We often see clients who have been told by their doctors that they have made as much of a recovery as they will ever make and sent home to live out their lives on “disability”. In our experience, even people with severely damaged brains can benefit from NeurOptimal® neurofeedback. I don’t believe anyone is beyond hope!
Staff Sgt Robert’s Story
“Recently, we saw somebody that had a stroke and had been re-habbing for several years and he has made remarkable [shifts since] using neurofeedback.” Dr. Michael Winters, DC Winters Wellness – Chiropractic Re-defined
Here is my own story which I had posted on the Neurofeedback forums in 2015:
TBI, MBI or ADD? As fate would have it…
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and I have never been more aware of my own brain than this year following my car crash in mid-January.
At first I though I was just shook up and stressed out from the crash. I couldn’t focus at work, I felt nauseous and overwhelmed. I became especially irritated by the chattering of my coworkers as even with earplugs, the noise made it harder to concentrate. Our new secretary with her heavy perfume and scented candle made me feel on the verge of passing out. The piles of papers on my desk looked foreign to me even though most pages had my handwritten notes on them. I read emails without being able to discern which required immediate response and which could be deleted. They all seemed equally important.
I was spinning my wheels and getting nowhere at work. I had to leave early to go home and rest almost every day. When it came time to complete my time sheet, I couldn’t justify the number of hours I had spent on my clients’ projects. I ended up having to take a leave of absence.
I mentioned my work woes to my chiropractor and he explained that I had all the classic symptoms of a closed head brain injury, and based on the type of crash I had been in that wasn’t surprising. I looked it up and sure enough everything fit!
I explained what I was dealing with to my daughter and I jokingly said “I’m beginning to understand what you must have felt like dealing with ADD”. She agreed that it was exactly the same and she offered some coping tips she had developed over the years. After researching what to do following a brain injury I realized that I already have the best recovery tool on earth at my disposal: NeurOptimal® neurofeedback!
I can’t say with any certainty exactly how much quicker or more complete my recovery has been thanks to training with NeurOptimal® 2-3 times a week, but I do feel that it has been extremely helpful and I crave the sessions like I never did before, so I know it is helping.
More than anything, I credit my NeurOptimal® training for giving me the resilience and positive attitude that has helped me deal effectively with my situation. I am still not close to being back to where I was, and I don’t know if I ever will be, but I am happy with where I am. If I have to live the rest of my life going slower and doing less, I am okay with that. With three jobs in addition to handling affairs for both of my incapacitated parents, I was probably doing too much before anyway!
This all got me thinking though, the symptoms of brain injury are so similar to those of ADHD/ADD that I wonder how many people diagnosed with ADD/ADHD might actually have a mild or traumatic brain injury? Children fall and hit their heads all the time, and the birth process itself can result in head injury.
Regardless of whether the symptoms are caused by ADD/ADHD or TBI/MBI NeurOptimal® training can be helpful for managing the stress inherent to both, and since NO is diagnostically agnostic, who really needs a diagnosis?