Stroke Recovery

Stroke victims are often our most gratifying clients to work with. They typically come to us after other interventions have been exhausted; e.g. physical therapy, speech therapy, aqua therapy etc. and are more than pleased when they start noticing a return of their functions.

A stroke can effect a number of brain processes, some of which have little to do with the focal point of the stroke. With the brain suffering a loss the “person” also feels the loss which can significantly effect the level of functioning both physically and psychologically.

Neurofeedback can be helpful in several ways with the problems associated with stroke and stroke recovery. At the onset it can help recovery from malaise, poor sleep, irritability and depression. When much of this is resolved (typically taking only a few sessions) the training is directed to the specific losses the client has suffered due to the stroke: balance, verbal skills, reading and emotional dysregulation. The brain is a remarkable organ and can use excess neural tissue to reintegrate around the damaged area. Over time the training can also help the brain reassign neural resources to compensate the impaired function.

Generally, we expect Neurofeedback to be helpful enough to stroke patients that it would be worthwhile to undertake the training which would continue as long as the person is getting some benefit. If needed for longer periods of time home training could be made available.