Brain performance institute to open in Dallas

According to a brain specialist working out of Houston, our ideas about the brain are extremely outdated. Dr. Chapman has been working with patients suffering from cognitive injuries due to traumatic brain injury and says the brain is one of the most misunderstood areas of our bodies. It is true that the brain has just recently become a focus of interest for treating many different type of ailments. For those brain injury sufferers struggling with a TBI, a new research facility is set to open in Dallas in 2017.

The facility would be the first of its kind to test patient's cognitive skills and plan training programs aimed at increasing the brain's ability to function. Beliefs about the brain have changed drastically over recent years. Conventional wisdom once dictated that humans are born with a fixed set of nerve cells, or neurons, that gradually die out as we age. However, it has been discovered that the brain never stops making new neurons.

What this means is that the brain could potentially learn new information, meaning it could function at a higher level if it is struggling from a traumatic brain injury that slowed brain function. Studies show that certain types of training can reverse these trends of decline and increase blood flow and strengthen connections between neurons. Dr. Chapman is well known for her SMART program that was launched in Houston and examines and treats brain function. The SMART program costs roughly $600 to $1,000 per session for the general public.

Although groundbreaking, these brain training programs can be very expensive. Many traumatic brain injuries are the result of a traumatic accident and prevent the victim from doing things they once were able to do with ease before their injury. This is why these brain rehabilitation programs hold such promise for those suffering from brain injuries. Due to the high costs associated with rehabilitation, medical expenses may make this type of treatment unattainable. If someone is believed to be responsible for a brain injury affecting you or a family member's quality of life, then it is important to hold them accountable financially for your misfortune.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "New UT-Dallas institute to be at forefront of training the brain," Anna Kuchment, October 10, 2015

Categories: Brain Injuries