Previous report suggested the beneficial effects of an adaptation of the Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS), now known as NeuroRecalibration, for the amelioration of mixed traumatic brain injury/post-traumatic stress symptoms in veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. As a novel variant of electroencephalograph biofeedback, FNS falls within the bioenergy domain of complementary and alternative medicine. Rather than learning voluntary control over the production/inhibition of brain wave patterns,
FNS involves offsetting stimulation of brain wave activity by means of an external energy source, specifically, the conduction of electromagnetic energy stimulation via the connecting electroencephalograph cables. Essentially, these procedures subliminally induce strategic distortion of ongoing brain wave activity to presumably facilitate resetting of more adaptive patterns of activity. Reported herein are two cases of Vietnam veterans with mixed traumatic brain injury/post-traumatic stress symptoms, each treated with FNS for 25 sessions.
Comparisons of pre- and post-treatment questionnaire assessments revealed notable decreases for all symptoms, suggesting improvements across the broad domains of cognition, pain, sleep, fatigue, and mood/emotion, including post-traumatic stress symptoms, as well as for overall activity levels.
Findings suggest FNS treatment may be of potential benefit for the partial amelioration of symptoms, even in some individuals for whom symptoms have been present for decades.
(Nelson, D. V., and M. L. Esty. "Neurotherapy for Chronic TBI/PTSD Symptoms in Vietnam Veterans." Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 24, no. 5 (Sep-Oct 2009): 403-03; study fully published in 2015: Nelson, D. V., and M. L. Esty. "Neurotherapy of Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Vietnam Veterans." Mil Med 180, no. 10 (Oct 2015): e1111-4.)
There is a critical need to develop more effective treatments to reduce the morbidity associated with persistently bothersome symptoms following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Recent developments within the bio-energy domain of complementary and alternative medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) utilizing EEG information have suggested some promise for application to TBI. A novel approach known as the Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS), now known as NeuroRecalibration, that involves minute pulses of electromagnetic (EM) energy to stimulate changes in brainwave patterns has been adapted for this purpose. The present study reports on a series of patients seen in a clinical practice who underwent this intervention as an initial step in documenting the potential promise of this approach. Results Curve estimation regression analyses indicated linear trends in evidence for significant decreases in all bothersome symptom ratings over the course of treatment sessions, including attention (beta = -.13; R2 = 0.14, F[1,227] = 37.31, P< .001), other cognitive problems (beta = - 0.17; R2 = 0.24, F[1,333] = 104.46, P = .001), difficulty following conversations (beta = -.07, R2 = .07, F[1,107], P =.005), fatigue (beta =-0.13; R2 = 0.16, F[1,296] = 57.49, P < .001), headache (beta = -.21; R2 = .24, F[1,100] =31.66, P < .001), anger (beta = -.24; R2 = .47, F[1,177] = 160.20, P < .001), anxiety (beta= -.20; R2 = .22, F[1,387] = 107.12, P < .001), mood swings (beta = -.05; R2 = .02, F[1,237]= 4.69, P = .03), motivation problems (beta = -.10; R2 = .06, F[1,228] = 14.94, P < .001), and sleep disturbance (beta = -.12; R2 = .08, F[1,264] = 8.41, P = .005). Reported side effects were minimal.
(Nelson, D. V., and M.L. Esty. "Neurotherapy for TBI: A CAM Intervention." 2010, Brain Injury. Vol. 24 (3) 366. March.)
Of the seven, five completed the study, with two dropping out after significant symptom reduction. The Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS), a novel variant of EEG biofeedback, now known as NeuroRecalibration, was adapted for intervention with seven treatment-refractory Afghanistan/Iraq war veterans, and brought about significant decreases on four NFI dimensions and strong trends on the other two, and significant decreases in PSS Total scores as well as the re- experiencing and avoidance symptoms clusters and a strong trend in evidence for decrease in arousal symptoms. FNS may help ameliorate mixed trauma spectrum syndromes.*These veterans were also part of the 2015 study subject pool.
(Nelson, D. V., and M. L. Esty. "Neurotherapy of Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms in OEF/OIF Veterans." J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 24, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 237-40.) *These veterans were also part of the 2015 study subject pool.
BACKGROUND: Chronic headache following traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained in military service, while common, is highly challenging to treat with existing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions and may be complicated by co-morbid post-traumatic stress. Recently, a novel form of brainwave-based intervention known as the Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS), now known as NeuroRecalibration, that involves minute pulses of electromagnetic energy stimulation of brainwave activity has been suggested as a means to address symptoms of TBI. This study reports on a clinical series of patients with chronic headache following service-connected TBI treated with FNS.
RESULTS: All beginning to end of treatment t-test comparisons for the BPI-HA, PCL-M, and cognitive dysfunction NRS indicated statistically significant decreases. All but one participant experienced reduction in headaches along with reductions in posttraumatic stress and perceived cognitive dysfunction, with a subset experiencing virtual elimination of headaches. One of the nine participants in this study did not report any symptom improvement; and another did not report improvement in post-traumatic stress symptoms or cognitive dysfunction, although he did experience some reduction in headache intensity ratings down to low moderate/mild levels.
CONCLUSIONS: FNS may be a potentially efficacious treatment for chronic post-traumatic headache sustained in military service. Further research is needed to investigate the efficacy of FNS within a randomized, controlled clinical trial, to identify characteristics of those most likely to respond, and to explore underlying mechanisms that may contribute to improvement.
(Nelson, D. V., and M. L. Esty (2015). "Neurotherapy for chronic headache following traumatic brain injury" Military Medical Research, 2:22. DOI 10.1186/s40779-015-0049-y)
Neurorecalibration is a non-invasive, proprietary procedure using client-specific electroencephalogram-derived (EEG) data to recalibrate the energy distribution among neural bands (Delta, Theta, Alpha,Sensorimotor Rhythm, Beta) and neural networks in the brain.
The brain is recalibrated and a client’s brain amplitude is shifted, healing neurological symptoms associated with TBI, mTBI (concussion), PTSD, depression, learning disabilities, fibromyalgia and autism. Treatment protocols are directed toward recalibrating specific eclectically imbalanced areas of the brain and not toward the treatment of any particular, neurological diagnosis.