The Dynavision device was originally created as an athletic optimization tool meant to help athletes improve their visual-motor skills. While still used in sports and physical therapy, it’s recently been adapted to help brain injury survivors recover.
Dynavision Boards are used by the best concussion rehabilitation clinics
Dynavision boards are often used in concussion rehabilitation clinics because of their unique ability to cognitively stretch and condition the brain. Cognitive FX and Plasticity Brain Centers both have a Dynavision D2 device available as part of their therapy stack. Dynavision is such a useful tool because it gives the patient the opportunity to activate multiple parts of the brain at the same time.
For instance, at Cognitive and Plasticity, Brittny would have to hit the Dynavision buttons when they lit up randomly while standing on a balance ball. If the Dynavision buttons were green she would have to say something that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet. If the button was red she would have to do a math problem. If the button lit up on the left of the board, she would have to use her right hand to touch it – if it lit up on the right of the board, she would have to use her left hand to touch it. And this whole time, she has to touch the button and complete the follow up action to the beat of a metronome.
It won’t always be that intense (sometimes it could even be more intense). But this level of cognitive strain not only helped Brittny’s visual attention skills grow. It also forced her brain to grow and form new connections.
Using the Dynavision board was so effective and helpful in Brittny’s recovery that we bought one for ourselves to use every day at home (and these are not cheap).
Dynavision Boards help PCS patients improve visual attention, hand-eye coordination, reaction time, concentration, cognitive processing, and endurance.
Working with a Dynavision board has shown to improve eye-hand coordination, visual-motor reaction time, peripheral visual awareness, concentration, simple cognitive processing, and physical endurance.102 One small study of post-stroke patients found significant improvements in visual attention after six weeks of Dynavision training. The study subjects were between the ages of 45 and 80, and all made progress in their overall endurance, speed and visual reaction times.
What is a Dynavision Board?
The Dynavision board features 60+ buttons arranged in five circles. Each button has a colored light, and individual buttons randomly light up and can make sounds. When training, you focus your eyes on the center of the board and use peripheral vision to notice when different buttons light up. When a button lights up, press it as quickly as you can. Layering more actions on top of hitting the right button makes this an extremely intense cognitive exercise.
Dynavision Board For At Home Use
Even though it’s an incredible recovery tool, it’s high cost makes it less available for at-home use. However, if your doctors use it in their clinic, you find it helpful in your recovery and you can afford it, then I think it’s definitely worth purchasing. The newer Dynavision D2 model retails for about $16,000, and it’s sometimes possible to find a used Dynavision 2000 for sale for about $7,000.
Quick note: before buying a Dynavision board, I’d invest in an infrared sauna from clearlight
Over 1,000 Dynavision boards are currently in use worldwide. Visit https://dynavisioninternational.com and click on the “Client Map” tab to see which treatment centers near you might have a Dynavision board so you can try it out. I’d suggest going to a clinic that works with concussion patients (Cognitive FX or Plasticity) that know how to use them well.