About a dozen former Denver Broncos, some from the Orange Crush era, are taking part in a research study they say is helping them recover from post-concussion symptoms and traumatic brain injuries. They believe those injuries were suffered during their playing days.
The process uses Neurofeedback to “Re-train” the brain and restore healthy brainwave patterns that were knocked out of balance by years of hard hits in football games.
After going through the protocol, “It was kind of like night and day,” said former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dave Studdard, “The light came back on, clarity just everywhere.”
He said concussion protocol in his playing days consisted of “Take a play off then come back in.” A few years ago, Studdard said he noticed he “couldn’t get anything clear in my mind… a constant fog. I felt like I was in a big fog and didn’t know how to get out.”
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Neurofeedback has quickly become the newest tool in the war against long term concussion injuries. Just ask 12 former Denver Broncos who are taking part in a research study they say is helping them recover from post-concussion symptoms and traumatic brain injuries. They believe those injuries were suffered during their playing days.
But why neurofeedback? The reason is because neurofeedback is uniquely suited to address the root cause of the effects from concussions and brain injuries: Brainwaves. During a football impact between 2 players, the head is bumped violently. While the brain itself is designed to withstand the occasional blunt force trauma, your brainwaves are not so lucky. Brainwaves are responsible for most every aspect of your life, from sleep regulation to routine actions and critical thinking. A head trauma of any kind can knock these brainwaves out of rhythm, which can cause a domino effect of neurological conditions to manifest days or even years later.
There are 4 main brainwave types in your head: Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta. Each serve different functions in the brain. Delta brainwaves are strongest when we are sleeping and help us rest and recharge. Beta brainwaves are strongest when we are awake, alert and processing information. You are using Beta brainwaves to read this article and process the information.
Decades of research have shown that a brain injury can impact Delta brainwaves by speeding them up. If Delta brainwaves are moving too fast, it will disrupt sleeping patterns, which can lead to many symptoms associated with a lack of the proper sleep your body needs to recharge and recover. In addition to this, a brain injury can slow down your Beta brainwaves. This can lead to a lack of focus and attention, brain fog, or even slower processing of information. If you can imagine a person who has trouble sleeping, has focus problems and processes information slower, you can imagine the negative impact that will have on their personality and well-being.
Fortunately for concussion sufferers, there is neurofeedback, a non-invasive process that restores normal brain function. Neurofeedback does one thing: It corrects brainwaves. If your Beta brainwaves are running too slow, neurofeedback can speed them up. Similarly, it can slow down Delta brainwaves. With brainwaves moving at the proper speed, the brain and body can heal itself and function better, thereby reducing or eliminating brain injury symptoms.
If you think you have the symptoms of a brain injury, then find out for sure. The first step is to call our office and schedule your brain map. The process is non-invasive and only takes 20 minutes. Plus we will give you a comprehensive report of findings that you can easily read and understand. If we determine that you have a brain injury, we will recommend a plan to reduce or eliminate your symptoms using neurofeedback.
Source: CBS Denver