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Dale S Foster, PhD, QEEGD, BCN Sr. Fellow 2

Memphis Integral Neurofeedback Institute (MINI)

Dr. Dale Foster is founder and President of Memphis Integral Neurofeedback Institute (MINI) and has been in private practice as a licensed psychologist since 1989. He serves children, adults, families, corporations and churches specializing in integrating clinical & counseling psychology and neuropsychology with a wide range of applied neuroscience techniques.

Dr. Foster earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis in 1989, a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Harding School of Theology in 1986, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from David Lipscomb University in 1980. He received post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Memphis, Parkwood Hospital and Ralph Reitan Labs. He is a Board Certified Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) in Neurofeedback, holds a Diplomate in Quantitative EEG from the American Board of Quantitative EEG, and is listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

With training and expertise in neuroscience, positive psychology, social science, and spirituality, Dr. Foster works with people of all ages to improve health, performance and quality of life.

Dr Dale Foster HPN Clinician
Dr. Dale Foster
Football Concussion HPN Nuerofeedback

“These results [are applicable to] the college level, the high school level and the Pop Warner level.”

Concussions Can Lead to Suicide!

HPN Neurologic has investigated the connection between concussions and suicide, a link that may be stronger than you expected.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 240,000 young players suffer concussions every year. Parents know their kids are at risk every time they step on the playing field. Shocking new studies have confirmed that several concussions over time can have devastating effects on a person’s health, and even lead to suicide. Concussions are a very common problem with athletes, particularly with football players. And many athletes who sustain concussions have complained of various problems afterwards, including depression and anxiety. And even if the player recovers fully from a concussion before returning to the play, the likelihood of sustaining a subsequent concussion is increased.

“Because concussions can cause clinical depression, concussions can also lead to suicide because untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.”

– Fred Willis, Former NFL Player & President & CEO HPN Neurologic

In those individuals who had been repeatedly concussed, it’s almost like they’re more sensitized… It becomes easier for that individual to experience depression and suicidal (thoughts) as a result. In the ongoing HPN Neurologic Clinical Trials with retired NFL Players around the country indicates that concussions can indeed cause a myriad of problems and conditions, including:
  • Biochemical disturbances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Memory problems
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise

“HPN Neurologic knows now that as a result of multiple concussions,

the brain becomes more vulnerable to more long-term kinds of brain injuries,

which results in some of the depression we see in individuals.”

Treatment Options for Post-Concussive Syndrome

Accordingly HPN Neurologic has developed a critical need to develop treatments to reduce the morbidity associated with TBI sustained by the retired NFL players during their playing careers. But this need for treatment goes beyond concussion into emotional health and recovery.

“Traumatic brain injury has been linked to an increased risk of suicide.”

Background and Significance

An emerging legacy of the National Football League is the generation of retired NFL Players with traumatic brain Injury (TBI). The nature of these injuries is complicated and poses significant rehabilitation challenges. These at first technically mild, though significant, head injuries were overlooked during their continued playing days, and it has become painfully apparent that following their release from the NFL they continued to experience debilitating effects of TBI. The complexities of these injuries and the limited effectiveness of currently available treatments, drive the need for efficacious interventions.  Results and studies show that recent developments in the field of complementary and alternative medicine utilizing electroencephalograph (EEG) suggests promise for the application of the HPN EEG-based treatment techniques to the amelioration of TBI symptoms.
NFL TBI Neurofeedback

HPN High Performance Neurofeedback

HPN High-Performance Neurofeedback is a type of brainwave based biofeedback that has shown clinical efficacy in addressing the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Concussive Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, and Attention Deficit issues (AD/HD). Although it may seem contradictory, it can be calming, energizing and mood-lifting simultaneously. Head pain often dissipates quickly. Foggy thinking and confusion typically give way to clear thinking and a more even, more elevated, and less edgy, mood. The client typically begins to notice the improvement with the first session, often before getting out of the chair. Sometimes this improvement is dramatic. At the completion of the set of training sessions, improvement is expected to continue on its own. The system tracks the brainwaves (EEG, or electroencephalograph), and sends directly back to the brain tiny, imperceptible, ultra-low power signals that result in changes toward a more highly functioning brainwave pattern. In this way, the brain seems to learn new patterns of behavior and become de-habituated from stuck patterns that represent suboptimal processing, reorganizing itself naturally into a healthier and more flexible way of being. As the brain learns to function in this more efficient manner, it becomes accustomed to this higher-functioning way of being, and the effects last longer and longer. It’s as though the brain recognizes the reflection of itself, in its own language, and makes the appropriate adjustments. Sessions require no conscious effort on the part of the client. These effects are independent of age, comprehension, or physical or mental capacity. The practitioner will frequently notice immediate changes in the brainwave patterns, and the client often notices the shift that occurs during the session. A typical client perception is first relaxed (and/ or sleepy), then, by the end of the session, energized. Family and friends will likely begin noticing the shift in mood and behavior in the first 1-4 sessions, often on the ride home from the first session. Behavioral changes are frequently noticed first by family, then by the client.

HPN Effective Intervention for a Range of Brain-related Conditions in Your Practice

HPN is used for “Intractable” brain-based childhood problems, autism,learning disabilities, explosive anger and seizures, uncontrolled epilepsy, TBI traumatic brain injury, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, headaches, aggression, addiction, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, autistic spectrum, cerebral palsy, autism, asthma, bell’s palsy, acquired brain injury, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, hypertension, immune function, motion sickness, diabetes mellitus, urinary incontinence males, stuttering, suicidal behavior, OCD obsessive compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, migraines, marriage and couples counseling, peak performance, motion sickness, problems with physical balance.

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Treatment Options for Post-Concussive Syndrome?

For unknown reasons, 5-10 percent of people who experience a concussion have symptoms that persist beyond six weeks. These people are diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Previously there has been no treatment for the condition with proven success. The most common approach by physicians is to recommend no exercise and prescribe antidepressants.
  • “All of these aspects of treatment insure safe, comprehensive and effective rehabilitation for our clients. Cognitive therapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychological consultation, physical therapy, pilates, epsom salts, hyperbaric oxygen, diet supplements, cannabinoids and acupuncture."  
    Barry S Willer
    Barry Willer, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Sciences University at Buffalo
  • “Despite the tremendous improvement in neuroimaging, neuropsychological testing and the ability of trained personnel to recognize and define human concussion there still remains a large gap in how to identify and treat those individuals who develop PCS or other related cognitive impairments.”
    Joseph C. Maroon, MD
    Joseph C. Maroon, MD
  • “Post-concussion syndrome is usually not treated, though specific symptoms can be addressed; for example, people can take pain relievers for headaches and medicine to relieve depression, dizziness, or nausea.  Rest is advised, but is only somewhat effective.  Physical and behavioral therapy may also be prescribed for problems such as loss of balance and difficulties with attention, respectively.”

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“CTE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy cannot be diagnosed during lifetime.

Diagnosis for CTE occurs by studying the brain tissue after death.”

HPN Neurologic’s Approaches to Brain Recovery and the Treatment of Concussion

HPN Treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome

HPN Neurologic review paper in September 2014 will conclude that QEEG is the most sensitive neuroimaging tool for the assessment of post-concussion syndrome and that HPN High Performance Neurofeedback has been shown to be the most promising treatment to date for post-concussion syndrome.

Step 1: Consent and Acknowledgements

By signing this form, we acknowledge we have been provided information regarding concussions.

Step 2: Medical History and Concussion Background

The Rivermead Post-Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire, abbreviated RPQ, is a questionnaire that can be administered to someone who sustains a concussion or other form of traumatic brain injury to measure the severity of symptoms. The RPQ is used to determine the presence and severity of post-concussion syndrome (PCS), a set of somatic, cognitive, and emotional symptoms following traumatic brain injury.

Step 3: King-Devick Test For Eye Movement

King Devick TestThe King-Devick Test is an objective, physical method of evaluating visual tracking and saccadic eye movements.

Step 4: Quantitative qEEG Measurement

Quantitative qEEG MeasurementsFor that you will wear a cap with sensors and electrical readings from your scalp will be taken. It is the same as getting an EKG where electrical readings are taken from your heart. This will take about 20-30 minutes.  QEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) also known as a “brain mapping” uses digital technology, of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which primarily reflect cortical electrical activity or “brainwaves. QEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) is also known as a “brain mapping”.

Step 5: ImPACT’s Test

ImpactImPACT is computerized and takes about 25 minutes to complete. The baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which HPN Neurologic will use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion.

Step 6: Sway Balance Test

Sway BalanceSway Balance is an FDA-cleared mobile software application that uses built – in motion sensors as an indicator of balance. Clinical- grade balance is a key factor in assessing, managing and monitoring concussion symptoms and orthopedic dysfunction. This test takes approximately 3 minutes to administer.

Step 7: Treatment with HPN High Performance Neurofeedback

High Performance NeurofeedbackHPN is a type of brainwave based biofeedback that has shown clinical efficacy in addressing the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Concussive Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, and Attention Deficit issues (AD/HD). The system tracks the brainwaves and sends directly back to the brain tiny, imperceptible, ultra-low power signals that result in changes toward a more highly functioning brainwave pattern. In this way, the brain seems to learn new patterns of behavior and become de-habituated from “stuck” patterns that represent suboptimal processing, reorganizing itself naturally into a healthier and more flexible way of being.

Completion

Upon completion of the treatment protocol, all testing is repeated to evaluate treatment effectiveness. A three month follow-up testing is then conducted to evaluate lasting improvement.

The Ages Old recipe for Recovering from a Concussion

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol affects brain function and should not be consumed after a head injury.
  • Ask your physician to provide you with guidelines for resuming your normal activities – for example, when you can return to sports, return to school or work, and drive.
  • Wear a helmet. It is strongly recommended that a helmet be worn for cycling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, riding a scooter/ATV, motorcycle, or for any similar activities. And you must always wear a seatbelt when riding in a car.
  • Make sure you understand your doctor’s instructions about how to take any prescription medications. Medications can affect brain function and should only be taken according to your doctor’s instructions.
  • Write important information down on paper to help with memory problems.

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