Neurotherapy for brain injury, regardless of whether due to trauma or a stroked brain attack, is anticipated to be helpful in improving: memory; language or speaking; focussing attention; ability to plan ahead; think more clearly; and to develop calmer emotions, etc. Also: Sleep should improve; fatigue lessened; and the person overall become more productive. Relations with others should improve. Depression should improve with feeling that life is worth living. Brain injury is complicated, suggesting the great difficulty in both recognizing and treating it. Sixty sessions may be considered minimal for successful training, although sometimes it has been shorter.
Mary (a hypothetical name) drove down Highway 705 many times in the past, but today she got behind a slow truck. Suddenly she was rearended by a car going much faster than hers, she thought maybe thirty miles per hour faster. She was alone and her car was totalled. The medics asked if she was alright. Mary had a little headache but thought she was alright, and went home. The next day she found herself in pain all over and had difficulty remembering her appointment time. She missed her appointment. Later she saw her doctor. X-rays were taken and her doctor said they were normal. Even months later, she still had trouble finding things, including things she was able to formerly remember, before the MVA accident. The headaches got worse and she missed work often. Ultimately she was seen for a brainmap and screening neuropsychological testing. The neuropsychological data was only slightly abnormal, but the brainmap suggested a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI).
The brainmap involved analyzing her brain with the Quantitative EEG (QEEG). This sophisticated protocol also suggested some restorative Neurotherapy techniques, and ultimately Mary regained much of her former mental ability and headache reduction.
There are other types of injuries to the brain. Falling, assault to the head, or anything resulting in concussive bleeding of the brain.
MTBI is what it suggests, as being "Mild." Sometimes there are moderate or even severe closed head/brain injuries. A penetrating wound brain injury tends to be severe in description. Brain injury recovery is typically longer with increased severity. The brainmap can be helpful in defining the neurospsycological deficit and offering training protocols. There is no guarantee, depending greatly on individual differences. Many with MTBI suffer for years with little relief, before neurotherapy.
In Mary's case, the brain, encapsulated and floating in the skull when impacted, the MVA created acceleration and deceleration forces. This resulted in bruising of the brain mass. This bruising then lead to the alteration of electrical signals between parts of the brain. Depending on the location and severity of the bruising, different functions were interferred with. Recovery then was the process of developing new routes among the billions of nerve connections available, actually a difficult task.
Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
for consideration in self appraisal
- Problems organizing, Fatigue and tired
- Slow thinking Easily, distracted or poor focus
- Depression, or anxiety, Anger or impatience
- Short term memory problems
- Short attention span
- Concentration difficulty
- Can’t find the right words
- Losing things
- Overloaded Dizziness
When these are present following a traumatic injury to the brain, there may be a strong consideration that an MTBI has occurred. This may be a long time after the trauma, but may have persisted ever since. It is not uncommon for static imaging of the brain to not show a problem.