Stroke rehabilitation in Toronto is highly recommended for people who have sustained traumatic injuries to the brain following a stroke or an aneurysm. When a person suffers from a stroke, a various neural hubs in the brain can be injured. These neural hubs can control specific functions like speech, memory, mood, balance, and other physical abilities like moving a limb or walking. Injury to neural hubs, can therefore lead to a dysfunction in the areas of the body that they control. The aim of many stroke rehabilitation treatments such as biofeedback therapy in Toronto is to target such disabilities that have resulted from the brain injury. The main goal for these treatments is to restore or regain function of the affected area of the body and hopefully, to repair the causal damage to the brain.
Following a stroke, it is not uncommon for a patient to lose functionality of certain parts of the body or have difficulty moving limbs naturally. Biofeedback therapy in Toronto can help retrain stroke patients to move their body parts more naturally or to restore movement to otherwise immobilized areas of the body. Before beginning treatment, stroke rehabilitation in Toronto should start with an extensive assessment of your specific brain and nervous system functioning. This would involve assessments such as a full neurological and orthopaedic examination, 3D and 2D brain mappings, metronomic timing tests, a chiropractic assessment, and a psycho-physiological profiling. Through extensive assessment, a personalized training plan can be developed for your individual brain.
In stroke rehabilitation a common non-invasive, research-based approach to treatment is biofeedback. In EMG biofeedback therapy, sensors are usually attached to the skin over the affected body part such as the arm or the leg muscle. As the patient moves the muscle being monitored, electrical signal travels from the attached electrode to a monitor, which then produces an image. This image serves as reinforcement for the patient to activate the muscles more and create a feedback. Biofeedback provides a visual or auditory cue that he or she is moving his or her muscles in the desired way and at the same time teach him or her to use or relax the correct muscle.
Neurofeedback therapy in Toronto, on the other hand, is a type of EEG biofeedback therapy that is more targeted toward cognitive rehabilitation and brain recovery, hence treating cognitive deficits above and beyond what other biofeedback therapies can help remedy. Neurofeedback therapy is being widely developed for improving the condition of patients affected by cognitive deficits like memory loss, speech impairment, and loss of executive functions following a stroke. Neurofeedback involved placing EEG sensors on the head, measuring brain waves, and allowing the client to restore normalized brain activity in affected areas of the brain through the use of various screens/games and reward conditions.