HRV and NEUBIE Master Reset: Concussion Case Study￼
Please Note: This case study is an account of a concussion patient who was treated with a Master Reset protocol by Scott Heltzel, PT, DPT at Freedom Physical Therapy and Performance in Pennsylvania. By utilizing heart rate variability to measure the balance of the patient’s autonomic nervous system and the NEUBIE device to assist with any necessary neuromuscular reeducation, Dr. Heltzel was able to relieve all patient symptoms after just three visits.
A 16 year old male suffering from a concussion entered the Freedom Physical Therapy clinic reporting c/o left temporal pain, difficulty sleeping and reading, as well as sensitivity to light and sound. The patient had sustained the injury while playing field hockey. He suffered a blow to his left temple area when his head struck the helmet of the goalie. One day after the impact, the patient first noticed symptoms.
Patient sought treatment at Freedom PT clinic four days after the injury with continued symptoms of left temporal pain, photo and phonophobia, “head fog”, difficulty concentrating and sleep disturbances.
Dr. Heltzel’s evaluation found no significant changes in cervical ROM or palpation of the cervical spine. Additionally, the balance assessment and vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) testing were negative.
A Heart Rate Variability (HRV) assessment was taken before and after treatment, measuring at 17 prior to treatment and 24 after initial session. Total power improved from 7,478 to 11,393 in a single session.
Master Reset Assessment:
The NEUBIE is used to perform a “Master Reset”. This procedure increases the body’s capacity to adjust between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system recruitment and normalizes the inputs the nervous system is receiving.The Master Reset helps engage the vagus nerve, the main nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system. Recovery and healing is encouraged with engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Check out this example of the Master Reset Program in action:
Patient Report after Initial Evaluation:
The patient experienced decreased symptoms after Master Reset treatment (500 hz with electrode placement as follows: red = B suboccipital and black = B plantar surface).
Subsequent Treatment Sessions:
In total, the patient received a total of three Master Reset treatments utilizing the protocols as described above. Each session delivered subsequent positive results.
Results After All Treatment Completed:
After those three sessions, the patient had complete resolution of all symptoms associated with the concussive injury. Upon resolution of symptoms, the patient was discharged.
Objective Findings and Conclusion:
When working with patients who have sustained trauma to the head, as in concussions, utilizing treatment interventions that encourage recovery have been proven to help the healing process. Objective measures such as a HRV assessment are very helpful in directing therapy sessions. With a lower HRV assessment, therapy should focus more on recovery.
“We love to hear when the patient shares the subjective information that they are symptom free after three days due to the physical therapy care, technology and interventions that have been performed, but by adding an objective measurement of health, like the HRV assessment, you are able to quantify the results making the outcome even more meaningful.”-Jason Waz, NeuPTtech Founder
Research Links for Further Study:
- Covassin T, Petit KM, Anderson M. Concussion in Youth Sport: Developmental Aspects. Kinesiology Review. 2019;8(3):220-228. Accessed March 3, 2022. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=s3h&AN=140439854&site=eds-live
- Mayer BEM. Prime time for treatment: Considerations for active rehabilitation following sport-related concussion. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. 2020;81(11-B). Accessed March 3, 2022. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2020-40779-265&site=eds-live
To learn more about how HRV and NEUBIE therapy can deliver better patient outcomes at your private practice, contact NeuPTtech today.
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