Great success can be achieved in neurology patients after stroke, cerebral palsy, brain and spinal cord injuries. Frequently they suffer from motor activity disorders such as poor trunk control, gait disorders, spasticity and poor coordination. These functional disorders result mostly from damage to the areas of the brain responsible for motor activity. Other cells do not automatically assume these functions. With the help of the Brucker Biofeedback Method® other areas of the brain can learn to take over the function of damaged cells.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is the injury of the spinal cord from the foramen magnum to the cauda equina which occurs as a result of compulsion, incision or contusion.
As our hardware system allows us to measure extreme small signals, we can start from these signals to teach our patients to increase them, even when no single movement is visible. We teach the brain to find neural tracks from the brain to the muscle, tracks down the spinal cord that may be intact to use the same signal to bypass the part of the spinal cord that was damaged. Slowly the patient will learn to find these alternative paths and the increase of the signal will often lead to notice the first movements. From there we will guide them to get more and more neuromuscular signal to finally really get efficient movements.
Through our experience we know that even when the injury is more than 18 months ago the body still has the capacity to recover and regain function .
There are two types of brain damages: traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI):
Brain damage can occur following a traumatic injury, such as a fall or accident.
Acquired brain injury (ABI):
They occur after birth from injury, from a genetic disorder, or from a congenital
or a non-traumatic, acquired injury, such as a stroke.
Thanks to the biofeedback we teach alternate cells of the brain to take over the task of those who were damaged.
CVA or Stroke (ABI)
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds, or when there’s a blockage in the blood supply to the brain. The rupture or blockage prevents blood and oxygen from reaching the brain’s tissues.
There are two types of stroke:
Ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. This is the most common type; about 80% of strokes are ischemic.
Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain
Thanks to the Brucker Biofeedback method® we teach alternate cells in the brain via visual and auditory feedback and appropriate guidance to take over the task of the cells which were damaged.
Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. Most often, the problems occur during pregnancy, but they may also occur during childbirth or shortly after birth.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.
The symptoms of CP vary from person to person. A person with severe CP might need to use special equipment to be able to walk, or might not be able to walk at all and might need lifelong care. A person with mild CP, on the other hand, might walk a little awkwardly, but might not need any special help. CP does not get worse over time, though the exact symptoms can change over a person’s lifetime.
All people with CP have problems with movement and posture. Many also have related conditions such as intellectual disability, seizures, problems with vision, hearing, or speech, changes in the spine (such as scoliosis), or joint problems (such as contractures).
Types of Cerebral Palsy.
CP is classified according to the main type of movement disorder involved. Depending on which areas of the brain are affected, one or more of the following movement disorders can occur:
Stiff muscles (spasticity)
Uncontrollable movements (dyskinesia)
Poor balance and coordination (ataxia)
There are four main types of CP:
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy (also includes athetoid, choreoathetoid, and dystonic cerebral palsies)
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Mixed Cerebral Palsy
The Brucker Biofeedback Method® is an effective supplement to physiotherapy, ergotherapy and other common forms of therapy. With the help of the Brucker Biofeedback Method® patients learn to gain better voluntary control of their muscles. Consequently, improvements are seen e.g. in coordination, spasticity is reduced, and muscles can be trained more effectively and therefore strengthened. This results in improved muscle function.
In spastic children in particular, improved voluntary motor activity often enables the various „milestones of development“ to be achieved like sitting, standing up and walking without difficulty. This means a much better quality of life. Not to be underestimated, moreover, is the surge of motivation experienced by patients when they see what they can achieve themselves on the basis of their own strength.