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HOPE FOR NEUROLOGICALLY DISABLED

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Mon May 19 21:46:58 EST 1997


        I'll repeat, to match each slice of spam.




In <5lgk05$3tg at dfw-ixnews3.ix.netcom.com> flefever at ix.netcom.com(F.
Frank LeFever) writes: 
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>    I will insert a few comments.
>    Frank LeFever
>    New York Neuropsychology Group
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>In <01bc619a$9b700940$265f12cf at persever.ccia.com> "Med/Aid, Inc."
><persever at ccia.com> writes: 
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>>                        HOPE FOR SERIOUS PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
THROUGH
>
>>                                       DR. BRUCKER'S BIOFEEDBACK
>>                                                           
>>    There is now hope for spinal cord injuries, strokes, and cerebral
>palsy
>>patients that has resulted in paralysis or loss of motor skills.  Dr.
>>Bernard Brucker, internationally known for his Biofeedback
treatments,
>has
>>developed a biofeedback program which helps restore function to
people
>with
>>physical disabilities.
>>
>>    Dr. Brucker's program is designed to locate faint or previously
>>undetected motor 
>>neural signals from the brain to the paralyzed limb.  Often, the
>signal is
>>so faint it is undetectable except through Dr. Brucker's testing
>process. 
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>    I have done a some biofeedback treatment of patients with 
>    hemiplegia and even quadriplegia.  Like most people doing this
>    I used EMG to detect the "faint or previously undetected motor    

>    neural signals...".  How does "Dr. Brucker's testing process"
>    differ from this? (Does it?)
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>>Once the signal is located focus can be directed toward strengthening
>the muscle
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>    What does that mean? ("focus can be directed toward"?????)
>    Focus what? focus your attention?  STANDARD biofeedback
>    procedure (not some special Dr. Brucker secret) is to use
>    the EMG to drive a visual or auditory feedback signal to 
>    the patient, telling him he's going the right direction
>    in his efforts, reinforcing the latent or weak response
>    so that subsequent ones may be stroonger, etc., etc.
>
> it is attached to
>
>    The muscle it is "attached" to???  Maybe you mean the muscle
>    the impulse is directed to? The muscle at which we record
>    the EMG?
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> and developing other motor neuron signals to aid
>>in the process.  This becomes a powerful tool in the treatment of
>certain
>>physical disorders.
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>>     Mike Utley, Detroit Lions Professional Football Player, was
>carried
>>from the field with a C6-7 spinal cord injury affecting the arms,
>hands,
>>trunk, and legs.
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>  With Biofeedback Mike made large gains in learned control
>>of the muscles in his legs.
>
>    Well, maybe it was biofeedback, and maybe it was resolution
>    of some of the acute tissue reactions which impaired function
>    of intactneurons for a while.  There is no way we can be sure
>    about this, since time and biofeedback training are confounded.
>    However, I don't know the history of the case, and perhaps if
>    there had been a long, stable baseline period with no change
>    and change began only after treatment, the argument is a little
>    better (although not conclusive).
>
>    I can understand their not wanting to do it, but biofeedback      

>    treatment of one limb but not another would have allowed a test
>    of the biofeedback vs. natural healing question...
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>  He has also gained the use of signals to the
>>muscles in his fingers, back, which he is now strengthening.  Mike's
>>prognosis is good to continue to gain control over his muscles
through
>>these Biofeedback techniques according to Dr. Brucker.
>>
>>    Dr. Brucker has found that not all spinal cord injuries are
>>neurologically complete.  There may be some neural tracts, perhaps
>>duplicate ones not used before, or some tissue that may be recovered
>after
>>injury but has not been trained for use.  In many cases we find there
>is
>>undamaged neural tissue in the spinal cord that is not efficiently
>utilized
>>by the brain.  In short, Dr Brucker's program recruits motor neurons
>with
>>the patient learning how to voluntarily recruit a motor signal in the
>>brain.
>>  This produces a motor signal to the muscle site... producing
action.
>>
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>>     Currently, Dr. Brucker has a year waiting list
>
>
>    However, he is not the only person doing biofeedback with these
>    sorts  of conditions, so people interested in this should check
>    other possibilities.  Rusk Institute (NYU Med Ctr. NYC) has done
>    some of this sort of thing, to cite one example.
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> but has developed a
>>satellite laboratory in New Castle, Pa that is accepting new
patients.
>  For
>>more information please e-mail us
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>    Who is "us"?
>    The tone of this announcement does not inspire confidence.
>    Its ballyhoo and mystery sounds more like snake oil selling
>    than anything else. 
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> at PrayHard99 at aol.com with your mailing
>>address to receive a free packet of information.
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>    I would not be interested in a packet of "information"
>    from anyone who neglects to state up-front what the procedure 
>    is in terms that lets one compare it with standard biofeedback,
>    to say nothing of saying explicitly  whether it does differ
>    from standard biofeedback, and if so, how.
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>    I m no knocking biofeedback, although my own experience and
>    reading in the field leads me to make very modest claims for
>    its power.  It is possible that Dr. Brucker is using it in
>    a responsible and competent way; but the tone of this announcement
>    must raise some doubts among people who know something about this
>    field.
>
>    It would help if you would post something about where Dr. B. got 
>    his training (and Dr. of what? Ed.D? J.D.? Ph.D.? Psy.D.? M.D.?
>    D.O.? etc.), what professional organizations he is a member of
good
>    standing in, where he has published (exact citations, please),
etc.
>
>
>    Frank LeFever
>    New York Neuropsychology Group
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