The Philosophy of Myndspark
Our therapeutic activities included in this tool are based on research completed on neurovascular coupling (NVC). NVC is the communication between neurons and blood vessels in the brain. The blood vessels bring blood and nutrients to brain regions when they are activated. For example, while trying to remember your schedule for the day, the blood vessels will connect with the brain cells in the memory region of the brain. This connection allows enough nutrients and oxygen to flow to that specific brain region, enabling it to function properly and help you remember that schedule (WIng, et all., 2017).
When you suffer a brain injury, NVC can become dysregulated, meaning that the blood supply to some brain regions is restricted. When those regions don’t receive the blood supply they need, they can no longer function as efficiently as they used to.
Our therapeutic activities target various parts of the brain to assist with restoring NVC. Cognitive Efficiency Tool can be used as a therapeutic tool in the comfort of your own home to rehabilitate your brain. By activating specific areas of the brain and creating strong multi-sensory connections, we can restore NVC.
Rehabilitation consists of specific activities that will target as many parts of the brain as possible in one day. The goal is to restore NVC by using multi-sensory activities along with physical exercise to help the brain return to an efficient and healthy level of functioning (WIng, et all., 2017).
The brain is wonderful in that it adapts or compensates for injuries. When there is a dysregulation of neurovascular coupling (NVC), the injured parts of the brain may be shut down, altering the connections or pathways. The brain compensates quickly when a pathway is shut down and uses other parts of the brain to assist when needed. The brain creates new pathways to adapt and improve overall function. However, the new pathways are not as efficient as the old ones used to be, and many brain injury patients feel that change as an increase in symptoms (WIng et all., 2017).
For example: Imagine you are trying to get to work in the morning. Your usual and most direct route to get there is to take the freeway. Unfortunately, there is a crash ahead and you need to take backroads, which increases your drive time. You still arrive to your job; however, you are now late, have put more miles on your car, and you are most likely frustrated. For many with dysregulation of NVC, it can feel like this every day. The brain is still functioning but in a less efficient way that may lead to an increase in cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. Through the use of this tool, we can reestablish those more direct pathways and improve overall cognitive function.