As a direct neurofeedback provider, I am continually amazed at the positive effects it has on people’s lives. I am in awe of the human body’s natural ability to heal itself, especially when it is supported naturally. I feel privileged to work directly in supporting the brain’s neuroplasticity and its innate ability to organize itself towards health. I feel excited every day to learn how this treatment modality is being utilized to address so many different body-mind symptoms of disease, to improve quality of life and well-being. A recent exploratory study took a look at a very common symptom post-stroke, fatigue.
According to the CDC, stroke:
- Is a leading cause of serious long-term disability;
- Reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over;
- Impacts someone in the US every 40 seconds.
With such statistics, anything that we can do to support the brain-body recovery would be a significant development. As someone who has a family history of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, I feel excited about the possibilities.
With fatigue being one of the most commonly reported symptoms after a stroke, the study looked at using transcranial direct current stimulation (aka direct neurofeedback) to support the activity of the brain on its road to recovery. The study only included a single session of direct neurofeedback and the results indicated that such treatment may be a useful tool for managing post-stroke fatigue. I can only imagine the results if more sessions were offered, but I guess we will have to wait for that study!
In the meantime, if you or someone you love is suffering from post-stroke symptoms, especially fatigue, consider reading this study (click below) and looking for a direct neurofeedback provider in their area.