According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States alone and the purpose of significant disability for adults. This information is pretty scary to hear, being the brain is our life force that controls our thoughts, memories, language and motor skills. Did you know that for our brain to work correctly, it needs an adequate supply of oxygen? Our brains use 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe in on a daily basis, and it receives this oxygen from our blood. A stroke will occur when an interruption occurs, preventing blood flow to the brain, causing traumatic brain injury (Stroke) and within minutes, brain cells will die. Symptoms of the damage will begin to show in the parts of the body controlled by those brain cells. Symptoms include, but are not limited to motor skills, paralysis, confusion, memory loss, speech impediment, anxiety, and depression.
Neurofeedback therapy and Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an effective treatment for people who’ve suffered from a stroke because this type of treatment helps decrease the severity of symptoms that follow. When we treat our patients, we conduct a brain map which allows us to review the person’s brainwaves via an EEG monitor, to distinguish the parts of the brain that aren’t functioning correctly or as efficiently in conjunction with the rest of the brain. This method affords us the opportunity to zone in on those specific areas with focused, individualized “brain training” exercises, to assist the patient with retraining their brain, for the sole purpose of creating healthier brain patterns. With Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by the inhalation of 100% oxygen, this allows for new blood vessel growth in the brain, allowing the brain to generate new stem cells, which will then turn into new brain cells. These two methods of treatment combined are highly-effective, producing positive results that allow our patients to experience the joy and the quality of life they once enjoyed before the TBI.
Dr. Elena Eustache is neurofeedback therapy specialist with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. For more information, please visit www.EustacheInstitute.com. You can also find Dr. Elena Eustache on Instagram and Facebook.