Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI)


In the past several years the long-term consequences of Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI) have become more widely known. Much of this awareness is due to the publicized effects that have shown up with athletes who are engaged in contact sports and also to more effective diagnostic procedures such as PET scans and Quantitative EEG brain mapping.

Many symptoms can show up with an MTBI; loss of energy, headaches, chronic pain, dizziness, memory loss, difficulty focusing, sleep disturbance, irritability, problems with visual perception, anxiety, depression and even personality changes. A trauma to the brain can also exacerbate problems that were in place prior to the accident, such as sleep issues, migraine headaches, etc. and new symptoms can arise months or even years after the injury.

There is now considerable clinical evidence for the effectiveness of neurofeedback training as an adjunctive modality for the remediation of the symptoms of minor closed head injury. The evidence also indicates that the training is effective years later with all the symptoms listed above.

Nearly everyone who undertakes neurofeedback training for this condition derives significant benefit but in the case that one is not receptive it becomes apparent within 10 sessions. A person requiring long term training would only be motivated to continue if there were continuing benefits.

As with other conditions neurofeedback addresses, once the brain is taught to regulate itself it does not give up that capacity. The positive results stay.