INDIGO Biofeedback

Welcoming a New Generation For a Better Mind, Body & Spirit 
Kelly Bone, CBS, LSHC

Brain Injury

New Approaches to
Trauma and Brain Injury

The effects of traumatic brain injury may include any or all of the following:
severe memory loss such as not remembering names or faces of
lifelong friends or turning on a burner with a pot and forgetting about it,
impaired reasoning skills, paralysis of the limbs, loss of vision, smell,
and/or hearing. Speech impairment, and suffering from headaches or
seizures. Highly common also are chronic pain, psychiatric disturbances
and alterations in behavior, personality, and emotional regulation, as are
often seen in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Warriner & Velikonja,2006).

In the last 30 years, incidences of traumatic brain injury have increased
dramatically be it from young adults in car accidents, athletic injuries, or
wounded soldiers. Brain injury has become a significant medical and
societal concern as the costs can be astronomical, financially, socially
and emotionally. Approximately 1.7 -2 million people sustain a traumatic
brain injury (TBI) annually. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the
head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the
brain; it accounts for 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations annually. In Canada, 66% of TBI survivors living in the
community reported an ongoing need for assistance with some activities
of daily living, 75% were not working, and 90% reported limitations or
dissatisfaction with social integration. The lifetime costs for one person
surviving a severe TBI can reach $4 million

Recent best practices models indicate that biofeedback is an advantageous
and efficacious means of retraining the brain and nervous systems
after trauma. The TOPS program of East Carolina University, utilized
biofeedback with wounded warriors suffering from TBI and PTSD and
found that biofeedback showed recorded increases in positive mood and
interpersonal skills; decreases in pain, agitation, anxiety and panic; and
better control of anger for a large majority of their participants. (Carmen

Russoniello, PhD, LRT, LPC/ Matt Fish, BS, Jennifer Parks, BS, LRT/John Rhodes,Bennie Stover, BS, Hoily Patton,Ginger Gold,
EdD,and Tami Maes, LRT, BCIAC Biofeedback Volume 37, Issue 1, pp. 12-17)

Luckily, biofeedback is entirely gentle and accessible. According to the manufacturer, INDIGO biofeedback offers even greater potential for addressing trauma and TBI. Because of its ability
to retrain brainwaves, heart rhythms and stress patterns which may have damaged
Central and Autonomic system responses, while at the same initiating a relaxation response and teaching clients improved ways of reacting to stressors of all kinds. The manufacturer states the INDIGO provides unique specialized protocols and individualized reports of stress reactions for each client’s optimal education, as well as cognitive and behavioral retraining. While traditional biofeedback and neurofeedback work exclusively with brain waves or heart rhythms, the INDIGO generates holistic programs designed to retrain emotional as well as physical
responses in all areas of the body and mind.