Neurofeedback is a type of Biofeedback therapy that involves using real-time displays of brain activity to teach individuals how to self-regulate their brain function. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition that can affect brain function and lead to a range of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms.
There are several significant clinical research studies suggesting that neurofeedback may be helpful in treating certain symptoms associated with TBI. Studies have shown that neurofeedback can improve attention, memory, and executive function in individuals with TBI:
- A study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation in 2016 investigated the effects of neurofeedback on cognitive function, depression, and anxiety in individuals with mild to moderate TBI. The study found that neurofeedback training led to significant improvements in cognitive function, as well as reductions in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Another study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma in 2017 looked at the effects of neurofeedback on attention and working memory in individuals with chronic TBI. The study found that neurofeedback training led to significant improvements in both attention and working memory.
- A systematic review and meta-analysis of neurofeedback for TBI, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation in 2019, analyzed the results of 12 studies and found that neurofeedback had a significant positive effect on cognitive function in individuals with TBI.
However, it’s important to note that neurofeedback is not a cure for TBI and may not be effective for all individuals with this condition. The effectiveness of neurofeedback may depend on the severity of the TBI, the specific symptoms being targeted, and other individual factors. Overall, while more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of neurofeedback for TBI, these studies suggest that it may be a promising intervention for improving cognitive function and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in individuals with TBI.
If you or a loved one has experienced TBI and are interested in exploring neurofeedback as a potential treatment option, it’s important to consider that, like all treatments, there is no guarantee of 100% recovery or even improvement. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can help you determine whether this therapy is appropriate for your specific needs and circumstances.