On June 12, 2017, TheraMind Center of Santa Barbara announced our role in a collaborative clinical research project with Westmont College. This Independent Review Board (IRB) approved study, under the direction of Westmont’s neuropsychopharmacologist, Dr. Ronald See, aims to evaluate [..]
TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), Concussion and Stroke
Anyone who has suffered from a traumatic brain injury or serious concussion knows the devastating, life altering changes that can occur. The functioning of the brain feels frustratingly compromised. With stroke, movement will often be restricted or lost altogether on one side, speech may be impacted or lost entirely. Physical therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy and occupational therapy play a role in recovery. However, after 2 years fewer gains are typically made (and fewer expected). Enter neurotherapy.
When the brain suffers damage, often slower brainwaves—delta and theta—rush to the site of the injury to begin repairing. These are the types of brainwaves that predominate in babies, toddlers and youth while their brains are developing. These slow waves are the waves of angiogenesis, neuroplasticity, and neurogenesis. Thus, it makes perfect sense that the brain would produce these waves when trying to regenerate damaged tissue. However, in an adult suffering from TBI/Concussion/Stroke the patterns of delta and theta can become locked, entrenched, and habitual, thereby preventing growth out of the stroke/TBI disabled state. The use of neurotherapy, including TMS, tDCS, tACS, pulsed electromagnetic frequencies, and neurofeedback, when used in an individually designed, patient-specific protocol, can create profound shifts in the patient’s ability to recuperate and recover from injury.
With neurotherapy, TheraMind can target and train specific areas of the brain that relate to speech (for example, Broca’s or Wernicke’s area) or movement (such as the sensory motor strip). By reinforcing the desired frequencies and patterns we want the brain to generate, patients can ease their way back to their normal ways of being.