A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), also known as an intracranial injury, is an injury to the brain caused by an external force. TBI can be classified based on severity (ranging from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI/concussion) to severe traumatic brain injury, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features (e.g., occurring in a specific location or over a widespread area). Head injury is a broader category that may involve damage to other structures such as the scalp and skull. TBI can result in physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral symptoms, and outcomes can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death.
Take a closer look and the reality of your mental and behavioral symptoms. Your brain is a balanced, harmonized and bonded universe of approximately 100 billion of neurons functioning and processing within connective myelinated tissues of grey and white matter to keep you connected to your environment mentally, cognitively, and physically. Continues strikes or direct impact to the head causes permanent damage to these tissues, which over time leading to neural network deterioration and dysfunction. Individuals with such brain injuries may experience depressive mood, anxiousness, irritability, memory issues or loss, difficulty concentrating, headaches, dizziness or loss of balance, fatigue or drowsiness, trouble speaking, and loss of coordination.
At VCAT Treatment Center,the Treatment Plan(TP) for TBIs starts with a thorough psychological and brain mapping/ Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) assessment and evaluation to pinpoint the source of the concussion and injury within the areas of brain and its occurring symptoms. The VCAT –TP consists of specific non-invasive systematic patterns of stimulations to the affected areas of the brain targeting the neural functioning system based on Cognitive Neuroscience and Hemispheric Lateralization principles to improve the functioning and balance the “underarousal” areas of the brain affected by TBIs leading to increase functioning and deescalating the occurring symptoms due to TBI. VCAT Treatment Plan for TBI is designed to stimulate all area of the brain with specific patterns and methodology to increase blood flow all over the brain especially cerebral blood flow, increase brain’s plasticity, building new nerve pathway, and improving neural acuities leading to perception, cognitive, and memory improvement as well as sharpen mental focus, attention, and concentration, reducing anxiety and feelings of depression, and controlling emotional distress related to the injury. Psychotherapy and nutritional therapy may be included.
* "Underarousal" refers to a neurophysiological state of diminished cognitive and emotional function characterized by a dominance of delta or theta globally or in broad regions of the brain. When focal abnormalities in these frequencies occur it may indicate lesions in the grey or white matter due to physical trauma such as TBI.