Strokes

Neurofeedback is clinically proven effective in treating symptoms following a stroke, helping many patients increase independence and improve their quality of life.

A stroke, a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), can significantly disrupt normal brain functioning. It occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients, leading to the death of brain cells. This can result in the loss of various bodily functions and abilities, depending on the affected brain area and the extent of the damage.

The Challenge of Recovery

While some individuals may fully recover from a stroke, about two-thirds of stroke survivors live with some form of disability. The severity of symptoms post-stroke largely depends on the location and extent of brain damage. Traditional treatments focus on rehabilitation, but the brain’s natural healing process can be slow and incomplete, especially in cases of severe injury.

How Neurofeedback Can Help

Neurofeedback offers a promising approach to stroke recovery. By utilising qEEGs, neurofeedback provides a prognostic tool in predicting recovery outcomes for stroke victims, including those with cerebral, ischemic, and hemorrhagic strokes. This method leverages the brain’s neuroplasticity, using operant conditioning to retrain the brain gradually, helping it return to normal functioning.

Addressing Post-Stroke Symptoms with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback can help alleviate a range of post-stroke symptoms, including:

  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Speech production and comprehension difficulties
  • Challenges in executive functioning
  • Gross motor skill issues, impacting self-care and daily activities
  • Headaches and convergent issues
  • Numbness or weakness in limbs
  • Depression and anxiety

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Frequently asked
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Some people find that neurofeedback sessions can make them temporarily tired, as is the case with any form of exercise. Others find it energising. It all depends on your baselines and goals.

Neurofeedback benefits tend to be different for each individual. With consistent training the new neuro-connections / pathways are integrated and become dominant over time. A healthy lifestyle does help to support the process.

Neurofeedback is not yet recognised by the NHS.

If you are located in the USA, Neurofeedback is covered by most US health insurance companies.

Any reductions in medication should be handled by your doctor. NEVER stop taking or alter your dosage of prescribed medications without consulting with the prescribing physician.

We don’t diagnose, nor is a diagnosis required to understand the problem. We map your brain, looking for areas of over or under-activity that correspond to your symptoms, and design a brain training programme to help you move forward.

For this reason, neurofeedback is better viewed as ‘personal training’ rather than a ‘treatment’; a way to shift your mind out of stuck patterns to relieve the corresponding symptoms. Nor is neurofeedback a ‘cure’ for these diagnosed conditions; we work toward symptom resolution by resolving the underlying imbalances.

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