Robert J Matheis

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OBJECTIVE To examine the prevalence and patterns of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the USA and to explore the reasons for use, symptoms treated and perceived effectiveness of these therapies. METHODS Surveys were mailed to the entire mailing list of the MS Foundation, constituting(More)
OBJECTIVE Ginkgo biloba may have a role in treating impairments in memory, cognitive speed, activities of daily living (ADL), edema, inflammation, and free-radical toxicity associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, vasoocclusive disorders, and aging. The purpose of this review is to provide a synthesis of the mechanisms of(More)
Virtual Reality (VR) technology offers new options for neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation. If empirical studies demonstrate effectiveness, virtual environments (VEs) could be of considerable benefit to persons with cognitive and functional impairments due to traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders, and learning disabilities.(More)
Individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) face chronic physical debilitation, reduced neuropsychological functioning, and changes in emotional well-being that significantly detract from quality of life. The role of psychiatric disturbance in reducing quality of life in CFS remains unclear. In the current investigation, the role of psychiatric status(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a preliminary experimental evaluation of the potential efficacy of Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS), an innovative electroencephalography (EEG)-based therapy used clinically in the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). PARTICIPANTS Twelve people aged 21 to 53 who had experienced mild to moderately severe closed head injury at(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the patterns and reasons for the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a treatment for chronic pain among individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). METHODS Telephone surveys were conducted in a sample of 77 people with SCI and chronic pain. RESULTS Of those surveyed, 40.3% had used(More)
BACKGROUND This study examined both objective and subjective measures of driving behaviors occurring in the past 5 years for 47 individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 22 healthy controls (HC), matched for age, gender, education, and years of driving experience. RESULTS Overall, subtle descriptive differences in driving characteristics were(More)
It has been suggested that virtual reality may provide a medium for producing neuropsychological measures with greater ecological validity. The present study examined the usefulness of virtual reality (VR) to assess learning and memory in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). A total of 20 TBI participants were compared with 20 healthy controls on(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether acupuncture can lead to autonomic dysreflexia (AD) when used to treat chronic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN Acupuncture analgesia study. SETTING Medical rehabilitation research center. PARTICIPANTS Fifteen participants with post-SCI chronic pain who were at risk for AD (ie, SCI at or above(More)
A randomized, controlled, single-blinded, between group study of 24 participants with moderate to severe dementia was conducted on a geriatric psychiatric unit. All participants received pharmacological therapy, occupational therapy, structured hospital environment, and were randomized to receive multi sensory behavior therapy (MSBT) or a structured(More)