Hope for Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI

Recently, Dr. Norman Doidge, MD, in his new book, "The Brains Way of Healing" recommended Matrix Repatterning Therapy (MRT) as a first line of treatment for most  TBI/concussions after his personal investigation of MRT. Dr. Doidge is on the faculty for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University, world renowned expert in the field of neuroplasticity and author of a previously bestselling book, "The Brain That Changes Itself".

By now most people recognize the seriousness of TBI/concussion and how it is effecting people in our lives. For many, there can be help. Matrix Repatterning Therapy is a very effective first treatment intervention because a concussion, by definition, is an impact injury. That physical impact causes a physical strain pattern within the brain and skull which leads to neurological and physiological symptoms. MRT treats and relieves that strain pattern using the same very gentle hands on therapy that we would use on other parts of the body, but now applied to the head, neck and jaw as needed.

Matrix Repatterning Therapy does not "cure" a concussion, but we have seen most of our concussion cases receive life changing relief from many typical and atypical concussion symptoms. Then, when we are done (for most, somewhere between 5 and 8 visits) , we will refer our clients to an appropriate neurological clinic if and when more care is needed. When that referral is made, if needed, we have seen our clients excel because now they are rehabbing with the physical strain relieved.

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Here are examples of just a few of our successful concussion cases treated with MRT. All cases are different and testimonials do not guarantee results in all cases.


In 2004 I sustained three different close range concussive blast waves from roadside bombs in Iraq.  Because of the traumatic brain injuries my abilities to succeed in life had diminished and I was failing in many ways.  After six Matrix Repatterning sessions with Dr. Stella, finally after all these years I feel "normal" again.  I am functioning at the level I was prior to the concussions.  I am dominating life and it feels great.  Most significantly and most needed was the improvement of my short and long term memory, concentration, clear and precise thinking, word recall, and strangely a heightened awareness of my 5 senses.  Today, with my brain functioning properly I find joy in life.  After years of attempted college courses, I just completed a full semester with ease.  I am back!

-Levi Benson


Using Matrix Repatterning Therapy, Dr. Andy was able to relieve my 17 year old son of concussion symptoms in 4 visits. Prior to starting treatment with Dr. Andy, we had spent more than $15,000 and 6 months on medical and holistic concussion treatments and saw very minimal progress. Within weeks of completing MRT, my son was able to go to his high school prom, take college entrance exams and be a normal teenager doing all things that he physically hadn't been able to do for 7 long months. 

Leah H


I experienced a concussion about a year ago and for 8 months the doctors told me to take it easy and let it "heal." During that 8 month period I had bouts of dizziness, difficulty concentrating, my head ached all the time, and felt like I was in a fog constantly.

After an appointment with Kay she referred me to Dr Andy Stella. After just one treatment of Matrix-Repatterning Therapy I felt so much better. After 2 treatments I was no longer in a fog. After 3 treatments I could finally concentrate again! I feel like a "normal" person. I would recommend this treatment for anyone that has experienced head trauma! Amazing work Andy! Kudos! 

Alisha M 


After playing hockey most of my life I received my share of bumps and bruises not to mention several concussions.  After receiving another concussion a year ago, I experienced several motor skill issues such as short term memory loss, hard time focusing, exhaustion, and a hard time keeping my balance.

I went to see Dr. Andy Stella at Beneserre, Body in Balance and after the first visit I started to see results. In fact after seeing Dr. Andy Stella I have to say my body has not felt this good since I was a teenager!

I highly recommend Dr Andy Stella to anyone that has experienced ANY physical trauma in their life.  Thanks for giving me back control of my life again Dr Andy!

Chad N


My son, Joey, suffered a significant Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in January, 2011. He was 11 years old and was at hockey practice and he was knocked over which resulted in Joey taking the entire fall to the back of his head. He was dazed and confused. Due to the TBI, Joey lost memory, skills and had significant pain. Joey reported that from the time of his fall, he had a constant "migraine" like headache.

As Joey was gaining skills and memory back, his headache was always present and intense. We tried many different medications to help relieve the headache with no success. We tried Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments, meditation, Qigong, massage, and modifying his environment to decrease light and sound. But still, nothing gave Joey any relief or even a bit of reprieve from the headache.

Joey felt hopeless and started shutting down. He was withdrawing from more situations due to his pain. Socially, he did not want to interact with friends or family. Joey spent most of his time alone in his room. He reported that he felt that no one believed his headache pain was real and he quit talking about it. Joey had given up on ever being headache free.

16 months into Joey's recovery Matrix Repatterning Therapy was introduced to Joey. He was skeptical, and rightly so. No one, up to this point in time, was able to give him even 1 minute of reprieve from a constant, daily "migraine" like headache for over 16 months.

After the first session, I started noticing differences in Joey. He was more interactive with our family and was actually seeking out family to talk and play with. Joey continued with Matrix Repatterning and the results were AMAZING. By the end of his sessions (4 total), Joey reported being headache free for the first time since his TBI.

Joey became more socially engaging, and wanted to do more than just sit in his room. His tolerance for school went from just making it through a modified 3 hour day to full school days. It was the first time since his TBI that he was able to tolerate riding in a regular school bus, going to the school lunch room and participating in recess. Joey's academic skills also improved at an astronomical rate from starting at a 1st grade level to being caught up by the end of the 6th grade in the school year following Matrix Repatterning treatments. He also started calling his friends, joined baseball, went to movies and he started laughing again.

I strongly feel that Matrix Repatterning Therapy alleviated Joey's chronic headache that was the result of his TBI. It was life changing for Joey. Matrix Repatterning Therapy gave my son the ability to live life as a 12 year old again. For that, I am forever grateful. Thanks to Andy Stella and Matrix Repatterning Therapy, Joey is pain free and able to live an active healthy life.

Sara B


In March, 2011 (written July 2014), I fell on the ice in front of my home. I lay there, unconscious, for 20 to 25 minutes. I don't remember coming into the house, but I did, and later called my husband, hardly able to talk. He took me to the emergency room to find that I had a concussion. For THREE years I lived with bad balance problems, brain fog, headaches at least twice per week, a very sore spot in the back of my head, and flashing in my left eye. After going to a neurologist and my medical doctors, I found no help.

Recently, my hairdresser told me about Dr, Andy Stella (D.C.), who specializes in brain injuries. I didn't hesitate, as all of the effects that I was experiencing were affecting my life. So, I made my appointment.

Dr. Stella told me that it would probably take 5 or 6 treatments. By the 5th treatment I was over all of the side effects and I had my life back. I have never been so happy to be able to spin again on the dance floor. What a joy, since we are dancers!

Also, I want to say that the treatments are very gentle. In fact, I often found myself going to sleep.

I will always be grateful to a Dr. that has brought me back my life. Thank you Dr. Stella!

Sherry S.


In February of 2011, I was in a car accident. My car was totaled and my head hit the driver's side window hard enough to require 6 stitches. I do not remember the moment of impact.

I experienced short term memory loss and wasn't able to process about 1 in 10 words that I heard. Working at a computer screen gave me terrible headaches, and I had a lot of difficulty focusing my attention and acquiring new information. I also had trouble sleeping and would get sleepy at the wrong time of day. I was constantly feeling dazed and not myself.

I tried regular doctors and chiropractors, but didn't have success. Everybody I worked with told me there is no treatment for concussion. But there is....

My symptoms continued for four months, and I started to despair of being pain-free.

I remembered an extraordinary chiropractor I had success with in California and contacted her with my problem and she mentioned Certified Matrix Repatterning.

I found Dr. Stella on the Internet, looking for practitioners near me.

I saw the videos on Matrix Repatterning and went into my appointment feeling a little skeptical at how this simple method could be effective. I am so glad that I ignored that internal voice!

The treatments themselves were pleasant, easy and relaxing. I felt better after each one and the improvement continued between treatments as well.

I only required 2 treatments of the head to address the concussion. After about 4 weeks, the headaches stopped, my thinking cleared up, and I was fully myself again. It happened so fast, I was amazed. The symptoms haven't returned.

I am so grateful for Dr. Stella's help. I think I would have developed a full-blown depression if I hadn't had treatment.

Jill S 


And, an example of a teamwork approach: 

At the age of fifteen, I fell off my horse and sustained a head and neck injury that changed my life. I. had always been an active child and once I began riding horses I would ride for hours on end when not doing barn chores and running around. This all changed the day of my accident. I began suffering from perpetual migraines; my days were filled with me with lying on the floor trying to stave off the headaches that came with vertigo, vomiting and fatigue. I stopped seeing my friends and my saddles began collecting dust.

My parents did everything they knew to do. They took me to the best neurologists who shook their heads and gave me an array of pills that did nothing but increase my nausea. In addition to the neurologists, I saw chiropractors, physical therapists, a biofeedback specialist and an acupuncturist. Finally, after 5 years of little improvement, my parents took me to Mayo Clinic where they told me something was wrong but that they couldn't help me.

Five and a half years after my accident I had resigned myself that this was the way that life was going to be. It mainly consisted of studying for college exams and lying on the floor. Then my mom stumbled on to Kay and Dr. Stella's website and she knew we needed to try this one last thing. I was skeptical, but warily agreed. I saw Dr. Stella first and the difference was astounding. I began to be my chatty, high energy self - if only for part of the day at first - that I hadn't been for years.

Between the work that Dr. Stella and Kay did for me, I got my health back. I began getting involved in organizations at my college, pursuing new friendships, interning at an eye clinic, and working out and enjoying all kinds of physical activity from surfing to hiking. Just yesterday I was rollerblading with some of my girlfriends and wiped out (in front of a crowd of people, naturally). And today? I feel great.

G. T.