When neurovascular coupling is compromised, even slightly, brain function becomes noticeably altered. Common brain regions that are affected by poor NVC are attention, memory, balance, vision, language, and executive areas. This can cause symptoms like difficulty thinking clearly, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering, headaches, dizziness, balance issues, sensitivity to light or noise, irritability, and changes in sleep. These symptoms all improve or even completely dissipate as proper neurovascular coupling is restored.
Neurovascular coupling is a well-known term in the neuroscience research community. Researchers for years have been studying the mechanisms that blood supply is directed to the brain. Our knowledge of NVC comes from analyzing and applying the work of hundreds of dedicated researchers.
Neuroplasticity and neurovascular coupling are not the same things. However, neuroplasticity is what makes it so our brain is able to compensate for the parts of the brain affected by dysregulated neurovascular coupling.
It is only one of many systems that are altered. The autonomic nervous system is another system that is very commonly injured after a concussion. Read more about the other systems that are injured after a concussion and how EPIC Treatment helps rehabilitate them.
Anything that alters the ability for the neurons and vascular system to work together properly will have dysregulation with NVC. We have seen this dysregulation in patients after a stroke, along with other types of neurological disorders and injuries. There is still much we have to learn about the ways this diseases and injuries are connected to NVC.