Neurofeedback and Post- Stroke Recovery
About 650,000 persons survive a new stroke yearly. This equals about 7 million Americans who are living with the complications of a stroke long afterwards. Conventional therapy usually involves physical, occupational, and speech therapy, but neurofeedback is fast becoming a primary tool to aid in recovery. Here's why:
A number of studies have confirmed what neurofeedback therapists have known for years- neurofeedback can bring about profound improvements in stroke recovery outcome.
It works by addressing specific areas of the brain that have been affected by the stroke. For example, if a stroke affects the brain's motor area, neurofeedback training can focus on normalizing that area, often resulting in a restoration of function.
Because of the brain's ability to reorganize and repair itself (called neuroplasticity), when we regulate brain waves through neurofeedback, neural connections within the brain are eventually repaired as well.
Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D, a neuropsychologist, used neurofeedback to recover from a stroke she suffered while driving a car. As she explains: “…the combination of physical therapy or speech therapy along with neurofeedback that focuses on repairing the brain function and dysregulation produces a more effective and efficient rehabilitation of the disability, such as the ability to walk again.”
neurofeedback has been recognized as a viable therapy for post-stroke recovery, even years after the event. To read more case studies, visit the research section of our website. If you or someone you love has suffered a stroke, contact us for a consultation to see if neurofeedback may be right for you.
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