Former Broncos Seek Concussion Relief Through Neurofeedback

Former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dave Studdard (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)– 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.

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.”

Studdard spent 10 seasons with the Broncos from 1979-1988.

CBS4 was on hand as Studdard went through one of his final sessions at New Hope For the Brain, a Lakewood based performance and rehabilitation center. Studdard said he believes he suffered from as many as 200 concussions during his days protecting Bronco quarterbacks like John Elway and Craig Morton.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass with former Bronco Dave Studdard (credit: CBS)

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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Ex-NHLers swear by controversial biofeedback treatment offered in Calgary

Stuart Donaldson, who runs Myosymmetries, works with a patient last month in his clinic in Calgary.
(Todd Korol/The Globe and Mail)

ALLAN MAKI
CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 02, 2017 9:12PM EDT

There was a time when his eyes and brain were at odds with one another. He would try reading a book and found he couldn’t follow the words beyond four pages or even remember what he had just read. He was perpetually tired. He needed help.

So Dennis Polonich, the former Detroit Red Wings forward who decades earlier was left broken and bloodied on the ice after being smashed in the face with an opponent’s stick, ended up walking into Stuart Donaldson’s Myosymmetries Clinic in Calgary – for biofeedback and psychological services.

Mr. Polonich may not have understood all the science and technology behind his treatment, but this much he knows for certain: “I walked out of that office feeling more comfortable than I was going in. I feel better. I feel happy. I’m reading again.”

Biofeedback is not a new form of alternative therapy – the Biofeedback Research Society was formed in 1969 in Santa Monica, Calif. – but it is controversial. Dr. Donaldson’s use of detailed data collected by a quantitative electroencephalograph (qEEG), however, is at the leading edge of assessing and treating brain-injury symptoms. Using sensors in contact with a patient’s scalp, qEEG technology maps out the brain, producing charts and numbers that indicate which parts are overactive and underactive and whether there have been previous concussions or a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

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Agenda Plus: The Future Brain featuring Lynda Thompson Phd and Ed Hamlin Phd

Dr Lynda Thompson -ADD Centre discusses Neurofedback

Doctors Ed Hamlin and Lynda Thompson discuss why neurofeedback works so well for the body’s “laziest organ”, the brain. Plus, is home-use neurofeedback equipment effective?

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Why Psychiatry Needs Neuroscience – An influential subset of psychiatrists argue—absurdly—that neuroscience has little clinical relevance

By Daniel Barron on April 25, 2017 from Scientific American


It challenges our intuition to think that brain neurons like these are responsible for all of our thoughts, emotions and mental disorders—but they are. Credit: Nephron Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Earlier this month, JAMA Psychiatry published a groundbreaking addition to their journal’s line-up: an educational review intended to educate psychiatrists about neuroscience. A group of psychiatrists led by David Ross described how and why post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be clinically evaluated from a neuroscience framework. The fact that this editorial was published in one of psychiatry’s leading journals is no small feat.

Psychiatry houses a large and powerful contingency that argues neuroscience has little clinical relevance. The relevance of neuroscience to psychiatry was the subject of a recent Op-Ed debate in the New York Times: “There’s Such a Thing as Too Much Neuroscience” was rebutted with “More Neuroscience, Not Less.” This specific debate—and the dense politics as a whole—exists because competing frameworks are vying for competing funding, a conflict that pre-dates Freud’s departure from neurology. See the full article on Scientific American

Neurofeedback Treatment for Addiction: Teaching the brain to self-regulate

by: Dr. Tamara Roth, PhD

Neurofeedback For Addiction

Why, you might ask, would a client in addiction treatment be willing to sit with electrodes pasted to their head for 30-45 minutes twice a week while a computer beeps and buzzes in the background?

Relief.

Profound relief.

One of the benefits of Neurofeedback for recovering alcoholics and addicts is that it produces the similar effect of their drug of choice (to a lesser degree), without side effects and negative consequences.

What Is Neurofeedback?

Electroencephalography (EEG) is an electrophysiological monitoring method to record electrical activity of the brain. Think: white plastic sensors attached to your head that have wires that are connected to a main computer. Due to the brain’s ability to change and adapt new patterns (called neuroplasticity) the brain is able to create new neural pathways that, with time, become sustainable. In active addiction, the pathways that are created reinforce drug use. In recovery, we are trying to “rewire” these pathways.

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A $15,000 retreat claims it teaches people like Tony Robbins how to control their own brain waves

Austrian psychiatrist Hans Berger – Wikimedia Commons
  • Neurofeedback is a technique that involves placing electrical brain wave sensors on the scalp and using the sensors’ feedback to control a video game or a series of sounds
  • A 7-day retreat uses the technique, claiming it boosts IQ and improves creativity
  • Other neurofeedback providers say their methods can help with everything from mood-boosting to ADHD
  • While science says many of these claims are overstated, but there is one promising area of research

There are three cities around the world where, for $15,000, you can spend a week allegedly exercising your brain.

The cerebral workout plan was created in the 1980s by James Hardt, a physicist and psychologist who claims that a week of his program “expands your awareness more than 20 years of Zen meditation.”

Hardt’s company, called the Biocybernaut Institute, is centered around neurofeedback, a form of therapy that uses information about the brain’s electrical patterns to teach people about how their minds work. The idea is that people can learn to control their brain activity in specific ways — from increasing focus or creativity to decreasing the symptoms of anxiety, depression, or even ADHD.

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Functional brain training alleviates chemotherapy-induced peripheral nerve damage in cancer survivors

Neurofeedback shows promise in reducing symptoms of CIPN in cancer survivors

A type of functional brain training known as neurofeedback shows promise in reducing symptoms of chemotherapy-induced nerve damage, or neuropathy, in cancer survivors, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The pilot study, published in the journal Cancer, is the largest, to date, to determine the benefits of neurofeedback in cancer survivors.

Chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is caused by damage to the nerves that control sensation and movement in arms and legs. CIPN is estimated to affect between 71 and 96 percent of patients one month after chemotherapy treatment, with symptoms including pain, burning, tingling and loss of feeling, explained Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., assistant professor of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine.

“There is currently only one approved medication to treat CIPN and it has associated muscle aches and nausea,” said Prinsloo, lead investigator of the study. “Neurofeedback has no known negative side effects, can be used in combinations with other treatments and is reasonably cost effective.”

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Memphis doctor performs brain training on PTSD patients

Featuring Dale S. Foster, PhD, QEEGD, BCN Sr. Fellow 2
Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Diplomate in QEEG
Board Certified in Neurofeedback, Senior Fellow

Memphis Neurofeedback
758 Walnut Knoll Lane, Suite 101
Cordova, TN 38018
901-624-0100
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New Brain Research Helps Treat List of Conditions

New Brain Research Helps Treat List of Conditions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A powerful and non-invasive process claims it can eliminate and dramatically improve chronic neurological conditions – simply by watching a movie, listening to music or even playing a video game.

It’s called Neurofeedback. Those who have tried it say they are seeing huge improvements in treating conditions like depression, anxiety, migraines, chronic pain, insomnia, ADHD and a number of others.

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