What is PoNS?
PoNS™ (short for Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator) is an innovative non-surgical medical device approved by Health Canada that delivers mild electrical stimulation to the nerves of the tongue that connect with the nerves in the brain that may help restore balance and gait problems in patients who have suﬀered from a mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury (including concussions or post-concussive syndrome). When the stimulation is combined with therapeutic activities, changes may occur in the neural network that could improve balance and gait.
How long is the treatment?
PoNS™ Treatment is a 14-week program that combines in-clinic and in-home use of the PoNS™ device guided by a Certified PoNS™ Trainer. The first 2 weeks are done at the Montreal Clinic (Neurothérapie Montréal) and the following 12 weeks are done in Nova Scotia with weekly visits to the Certified PoNS™ Trainer at the satellite oﬃce in Halifax (Lisa's Holistic Rehab).
How long has PoNS™ been around?
The PoNS device is based on almost 40 years of research in the field of neuromodulation—the use of external stimulation to intentionally change and regulate the electrochemical environment of the brain. This neuromodulation enhances neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change).