A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body. In fact, most whiplash motions have the potential to become a concussion. Although there may be no signs of injury, this doesn’t mean a concussion hasn’t occurred. At Zone Health & Performance Psychology, we use cutting edge technology to assess and provide treatment for concussions and traumatic brain injuries. In most cases, Neurofeedback, Cognitive-Perceptual Training, and Heart-Rate Variability Biofeedback are recommended for rehabilitation.
Our Concussion Rehabilitation and Baseline Testing Program Begins With a Comprehensive Set of Tests
Our concussion rehabilitation and baseline testing protocol consist of a series of tests examining memory, concentration, visual tracking speed, processing abilities, balance, and reaction time. Our assessments are used as part of our diagnostic process, identifying the best course of treatment, and as a means of determining when the brain has recovered, and an individual can safely return to normal activities.
Following a concussion, the “sitting in a dark room” approach is only effective for so long. Concussions, like other injuries, should be properly managed and rehabilitated. At Zone Health & Performance Psychology we understand that each client is affected differently and therefore a customized rehabilitation program must designed to meet their specific needs. The following procedures will be used to assess and rehabilitate your concussion so that you can recover as quickly and safely as possible.
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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Concussions can be caused by a blow to the head or body. Even whiplash motions have the potential to become a concussion. Although there may be no immediately noticeable signs of injury, this doesn’t mean a concussion hasn’t occurred.
Concussion Symptoms May Include:
“When in doubt, sit them out!”
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During a cognitive-perceptual assessment, our technology identifies the areas in which an individual may be experiencing reduced performance due to a concussion. Not only does this help us determine whether an individual has a concussion, but it allows us to tailor our rehabilitation program to that individual’s specific needs. For instance, detriments to visual processing are a very common concussion symptom. If our assessment reports indicate that a client’s visual processing abilities are below the norm for their demographic, we are able to develop a program designed to rehabilitate this specific skill set.
CPT enhances focus, alertness, working memory, and processing speed. Furthermore, the visual system is optimized to better attend to multiple sources of information in the environment, pay attention for longer periods of time, and maintain enhanced awareness.
Oftentimes following a concussion, clients describe forgetfulness, challenges finding the right words, difficulty with multi-tasking, and issues with engaging in group discussions. When used in combination with an appropriate assessment and treatment program, CPT can help improve brain function by reteaching patients how to simultaneously integrate the cognitive and perceptual systems that are necessary for recovery.
Using the SMR/Beta AVE session, the DAVID Delight Pro can “jump-start” the brain from a concussion in as little as 15 minutes – where the concussed person feels an increase in mental sharpness, emotional control, and improved sleep.
Falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports injuries, which result in a diffuse axonal injury (DAI), are the most prevalent brain injuries today. However, post-injury inflammation from either actual physical injury to the head or from viral infections cause the brain to hyperpolarize and shut down the loops to the thalamus, called a Thalamo Cortical Disconnect (TCD).
Brain regions far outside the site of the injury are affected and these neurons may also be taken off-line. So, when a TCD develops from post-concussion or post-fever-inflammation, a massive signaling loop disconnects in somewhere between the thalamus and the cortex, and while the circuits are usually intact, they are operating offline.
Given that the calming alpha brain waves (and also theta and delta waves during sleep) shut down, the emotional result is continuous anxiety and insomnia. But the TCD also serves as the “drummer” in the brain keeping everything on track and synchronized. Without this drummer, the brain signals get scattered all over the place and lose all synchronization. In addition to the scrambled timing, the brain loses about 500 billion action potentials/second which causes mental confusion. But a type of glial cell called an oligodendrocyte, which myelinated the axons (wires) from the neurons, must “see” action potentials or it doesn’t know where to myelinate. This further loss of myelination further slows down the brain and the ability to think, reason, pay attention, control emotions, and solve problems.
The loss of delta brain waves produces severe insomnia and with impaired insomnia, the brain loses its ability to clean out the “trash” – protein build-up from daily use. Astrocytes are the cells responsible for taking out the trash, but they can only do so when called upon, and that is done when they sense big delta brain waves during deep (stage 4) sleep.
As a result, proteins build up in the brain which eventually leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in athletes with reported concussion and Alzheimer’s in others that don’t have a history of concussion.
Concussions seem to play out in four areas:
MRIs are typically used to diagnose a concussion. But when a TCD develops from post-concussion or post-fever inflammation and the thalamocortical networks have gone offline, this cannot be seen with an MRI and it appears everything is normal. However, there can be serious impairments in brain function that are clearly obvious on an EEG. Once this TCD type of concussion is understood, its signature on EEG is very obvious.
We start by using advanced qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) technology that precisely measures your unique brainwave activity. It is performed to investigate brain wave patterns associated with concentration and attention.
The assessment usually takes between 3-4 hours and consists of:
Zone Health & Performance Psychology is proud to partner with Cambridge Brain Sciences. They are a leading provider of cognitive assessment tools for clinicians and medical practices, providing scientifically-validated cognitive tasks that produce objective measures across multiple cognitive domains.
A series of Cognitive Performance tests that provide objective and quantifiable measures of:
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