Neurofeedback Supporting Healing from a Concussion

Along with a doctor’s care, neurofeedback can support the brain in healing and move someone closer to their original functioning pre-concussion.


When treating concussive symptoms, any good doctor will tell you that rest is a requirement for a recovery regimen.  However, few know that neurofeedback training can also be helpful in supporting the brain to recover alongside a doctor’s care and plan. Right after a mild brain injury, doing neurofeedback can give the brain an opportunity to see where it needs to heal itself and continue in that vain.

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In studies both in the US and abroad, neurofeedback has proven itself effective. In epilepsy cases—traumatic brain injury can manifest in epileptic-like brain activity—neurofeedback helped more than 80% of those affected with seizures in one study. Research on people with learning and attention deficits has indicated that brain-training improves the ability to focus and attend. And retain: several recent studies have indicated that using neurofeedback has led to marked improvements in memory function among both “normal” patients and those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. People using neurofeedback can learn to sleep better and control anxiety and other potential effects of TBI as well, like impaired impulse control and obsessiveness.

In light of the recent Super Bowl, we can all see how easy it is for players to get concussed on the field!  Last year, Sports Brain conducted a small study on 5 concussed football players.  After 6 to 12 neurofeedback sessions, players were already reporting ease with word retrieval that was formerly lost, sharper thinking, improved sleep, reduced headaches, increased energy levels and reduced anxiety.

Alas, one of our very own clients, *James, has been having great success with neurofeedback following a concussion.  At the time this quote was taken, he had done around 10 sessions and has been continuing since.  He states:

“Aside from rest, neurofeedback is quite possibly the only treatment that quickly facilitated recovery from a severe concussion I had six months ago.  After the first four neurofeedback sessions I slept very deeply and felt noticeably better upon awakening.  There was a very marked synchronicity in my sense perceptions and body movement when I walked onto the street after those first couple sessions.  After about five sessions I started to feel noticeably better.  My daily life started to resemble a more normal pattern of daily activities with even some artistic work in the evenings.  I can now do things on the weekends without worrying that I might feel sick or have to sleep most of the day.”

* Name changed for confidentiality purposes

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Written by Heather Coleman, LCSW & Neurofeedback Trainer in NYC. Schedule a therapy and/or neurofeedback session with Heather. Contact Heather at heather@neurofeedbackny.com. Our team >