A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or the body that affects how your brain works. At Greater Boston Performance Care, we take a functional approach to concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation. Dr. Joshua Helm and Dr. Camilla Anderson integrate advanced technology along with a clinical examination to assist in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of concussions.
We offer a pre-concussion performance assessment to establish baselines in case of a future concussion/head injury, as well as a post-concussion recovery program for those who have sustained a head injury and are still experiencing symptoms. The concussion recovery program includes a comprehensive assessment followed by an individualized treatment plan.
The following tools are currently used as a part of our program:
Neuro Sensory Integrator (NSI)
Our NSI is a sizeable touchscreen device that uses state-of-the-art technology for post-concussion brain rehab. Its functions include biofeedback through balance assessment and accuracy of motor coordination and timing. Programmable tasks include visual-spatial awareness as well as memory-recall and temporal dimension testing. NSI therapy is ultra-customizable to each patient’s needs and uses data to map treatment progression.
The Saccadometer uses infrared videography to observe eye motion following visual stimuli and compare it to expected norms. This technology allows us to identify any visual latency or inaccuracy that could come as a result of trauma. Gaze stability and dynamic inaccuracies are often the foundation of post-concussion problems.
EQ Brain Performance
EQ is a neurocognitive assessment that objectively measures functionality across a broad array of cognitive tasks that challenges the brain, with recall, short-term working memory, motor planning, recognition, spatial mapping, balance, executive functionality, reaction time, etc. On-the-spot analytics and progression over time can be immediately and easily analyzed, monitored, and tracked over time to establish baselines, identify outliers and potential issues and make better decisions, quicker.
Erchonia Low-Level Laser
Erchonia Lasers use FDA-approved low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to alter cellular functions and provide noticeable pain relief. LLLT has a photochemical effect that naturally reduces oxidative stress and increases the production of ATP, an energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things. We use the powers of this innovative technology to target numerous conditions with no pain, no side effects, and no downtime.
Phoenix Wave Technology
This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and for athletes seeking quicker recovery from workouts and training. This equipment works by activating the muscles up to 500 times per second using electrical impulses. The patented square waveform allows for deeper muscle penetration to work muscles that are often overlooked in the recovery process, thus creating lasting results.
The Focus Builder application is a program that gathers data to produce/recommend helpful rehab exercises based on the unique needs of each patient. After determining which areas of the brain are in need of rehab, the Focus Builder will generate customized tasks to address those specific areas.