A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury, whereby a person experiences a temporary alteration in their mental status. It is often the result of blunt trauma with sudden acceleration, deceleration or rotation of the head (Bigler, 2007). Concussion is common and it is estimated that between 5-10% of children and adolescents engaging in sporting activities will receive a one at some point (Conder, 2014). Typical recovery from a concussion is rapid, however when the symptoms of concussion persist for longer than three month the label of Post-Concussive Syndrome is given. These symptoms can be debilitating and may include impaired attention, memory dysfunction, impulsivity, mood disorders and headaches and vertigo (Duff, 2004).
The form of treatment commonly prescribed following a concussion is rest, however treating the symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome are more complex. This is compounded by the fact traditional scanning equipment, such as CT and MRI, are typically unable to pick up the subtle brain changes in the period following a concussion (Duff, 2004). A form of scanning that is proving particularly suitable for the evaluation of Post Concussive Disorder is Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) scanning. QEEQ scanners condense data into colour coded topographic maps which can then be used to inform treatment modalities, such as Neurofeedback. Not only is QEEG nonintrusive but it is highly sensitive and accurate at identifying patterns of brain dysfunction (Duff, 2004).
In conjunction with QEEQ scanning, Neurofeedback has been highly successful at improving the symptoms of Post-Concussive Disorder. Neurotherapy involves measuring the electrical activity of the brain, with patients learning to increase or decrease particular brain wave frequencies (Condor, 2014). Individuals with Post-Concussive Disorder typically demonstrate excessive slow wave brain activity and decreased Beta power on QEEG scans (Condor, 2014). When this activity is addressed and modified using Neurofeedback, core symptoms of Post-Concussive Disorder have been shown to significantly improve (Duff, 2004). Neurotherapy has also proven effective in treating ADHD, Mood Disorders and more. It is a truly exciting therapy at the forefront of Neuroscience.
Here at Synaptic Health, we use a multidisciplinary approach to encourage synaptic connections using QEEQ and other assessments. This enables us to provide a targeted and specific approach to ‘reconnecting’ your brain. Call us to find out how we can help you.
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Condor, R. & Condor, A.A. (2014). Neuropsychological and psychological rehabilitation interventions in refractory sport related post-concussive syndrome. Brain Injury, 29 (2), 249-262.
Duff, J. (2004). The usefulness of Quantitative EEG (QEEG) and Neurotherapy in the assessment and treatment of Post-Concussive Syndrome. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 34 (4). 198-204.