TREATING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)

BRAIN TREATMENT OVERVIEW

Defenders of Freedom offers a solution to Veterans who struggle with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This signature wound of post 9/11 Veterans is grossly neglected. It has gone undiagnosed and untreated in many Veterans we have worked with over the years. For many Veterans, the diagnosis is Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and the corresponding treatment is prescribed medications. The symptoms of PTS and TBI do mirror each other and those symptoms can be relieved through medication, but for those with TBI, this relief does nothing to treat the injury to the brain. Functional neurology, on the other hand, is an effective treatment for brain injury.

We have partnered with Dr. Scharlene Gaudet for many years and the Las Colinas Pharmacy to address both the physiological and chemistry issues facing Veterans with TBI.

TBI TREATMENTS & THERAPIES

WHAT WE DO
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or rTMS, is a widely known, FDA-approved method of stimulating the brain through magnetic waves. These treatments target specific areas of the brain and help restore neurological function on a cellular level by boosting activity of the neurons, or brain cells. Originally studied for its ability to reduce depression symptoms by waking up the prefrontal cortex, rTMS is showing equally impressive results when applied to other areas of the brain, making it an invaluable tool for a wide range of neurological imbalances.
  • Reduce depression
  •  Improve cognition
  •  Restore motor function
The vestibular system is responsible for balance, spatial orientation, and proper visual processing. Even seemingly minor head injuries and neurodegeneration can lead to vestibular dysfunction, which cascades into feelings of dizziness, vertigo, and nausea. Using the OVARD (Off-Vertical Axis Rotational Device), they can restore vestibular integrity and integrate the vestibular system properly into the rest of your neurology. Patients are seated in the rotational device where they are methodically spun in order to activate and integrate the vestibular (inner ear) canals that have been affected.
  • Correct balance disorders
  • Integrate vestibular system
  • Improve spatial awareness
With extensive knowledge of the different pathways associated with your visual system, the clinicians can use specific exercises to improve vision and balance issues by activating a range of regions within the brain. The eyes and the brain are so deeply intertwined that they can learn about an individual’s neurological function just by observing their eyes in our diagnostic testing. The clinicians at Resiliency Brain Health, based on your ocular diagnostics, will use specific eye movement and visual stimulation techniques to get your eyes and brain operating more efficiently.
  • Reduce depression
  • Fix double vision
  • Reduce dizziness
The brain thrives when the body is moving. By first assessing movement deficits and postural imbalances, the clinicians can teach you how to move in ways that strengthen the brain-body connection. Patients find this reduces dizziness and vertigo, improves focus, and restores energy levels. For stroke patients and TBI patients seeking to regain mobility, they work with you to establish structurally sound biomechanics as your brain and body come back online. When physical movement is restored, the brain produces more neurotransmitters and chemicals including BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which further accelerates your brain’s ability to heal and reform connections.
By restoring blood circulation to the extremities, reducing inflammation, and stimulating dulled nerves with e-stim technology, treatments can effectively normalize sensation. Traditional prescription drug approaches may fall short and come with a slew of negative side effects. These treatments for neuropathy are backed by ample research, do not involve any drugs, and are entirely non-invasive. Whether you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy or if the sensory dysregulation came from a stroke/brain injury, thetechnologies at Resiliency Brian Health can be quite successful in restoring sensation to an appropriate level.
  • Restore lost sensation
  • Reduce chronic pain
  • Improve circulation
Manual therapy and gentle hands-on adjustments often accompany neurological treatments, as they can help alleviate pain, stiffness, and postural imbalances. Many concussion, stroke, and TBI patients experience tremendous neck stiffness following their injury, often due to the instability and incongruence of their eyes. Since the eyes and the neck, or cervical spine, are so interconnected, it can be particularly effective to gently work on the neck in addition to eye therapy. Other examples of manual therapy involve resistance strength exercises when re-educating motor function post-stroke, as well as assisted stretching for neuromuscular integrity.
  • Relieve neck pain and headaches
  • Restore postural integrity
  • Improve neuromuscular communication
This device is a diagnostic and rehabilitation tool. A neurologist performs needle EMG’s and NCV’s. This is termed electrodiagnosis. This helps identify the integrity of the nerves in question and can at times help solidify a diagnosis. As a rehabilitation tool, this equipment serves as an electrical modality. We can use electrical pulses to stimulate different areas of the body for a desired outcome.
This tool is designed to help with neurocognitive timing. This machine provides feedback to the patient. Allowing them to monitor and measure their movements in order to achieve a goal.
This electrical modality is FDA cleared TENS/EMS unit used for diabetic clinics, cancer clinics, chiropractic clinics around the world. It is Neuroelectric therapy device. This device rebuilds nerves by using patented waveform which automatically adjusts to each patient’s specific needs. It calms the nerves and increases blood flow to the affected areas which allows the nerve cells to heal.
Neurofeedback therapy involves retraining an individual’s ability to control certain brain functions, which allows the brain to function more efficiently. By providing feedback to the patient in real time, neurofeedback therapy establishes self-regulation of specific brain activity, which is beneficial for many different neurologic conditions including depression, anxiety, PTS, headaches, sleep disorders, and more.
  • Reduce depression, anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Strengthen mental resilience
Cognitive enhancement therapies help to keep the mind sharp, providing challenging and rewarding stimulation to improve memory, focus, processing speeds, word recall, and more. Whether your cognitive difficulties are the result of a brain injury, or if you just feel your memory worsening as you age, the good news is that there are certainly ways to create positive change in these areas. The team at Resiliency Brain Health will help you identify specifically what is causing the issues neurologically, and work with you to strengthen memory centers and cognitive pathways through targeted mental exercises.
  • Sharpen memory
  • Improve attentional skills
  • Eliminate brain fog
Proper nutrition is imperative for improving brain function, healing from a stroke or brain injury, and reducing depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. While it is true that there is not a universal nutrition plan that is perfect for everyone, there are general guidelines that promote optimal neurological and psychological health. The clinicians at Resiliency Brain Health will tell you which neuroinflammatory foods to avoid, and which brain-boosting foods you can add to your daily intake. Since the brain and the gut are so interdependent, they emphasize the importance of restoring proper gut function through nutrition in order to heal the brain.
  • Balance mood and feel more alive
  • Improve energy levels
  • Restore digestive and elimination processes

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