June is brain injury awareness month.
A traumatic brain injury (also known as TBI) occurs as a result of trauma to the head, which may lead to damage to the brain itself. Traumatic brain injuries can result from
- automobile accidents
- contact sports
Symptoms can vary from mild to severe; ranging from headaches and general confusion to partial paralysis and loss of sensation. In fact, any injury to the brain is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Although the severity of a brain injury can vary immensely, the importance of medical exercise therapy cannot be overstated.
Some brain injuries may require a few weeks of rehabilitation; while more severe injuries can require several months of re-education and progressive medical exercise supervision as over a period of time, this can cause loss of muscle strength and a deterioration of balance, which may lead to falls.
Five Benefits of Medical Exercise In Traumatic Brain Injury
Every instance of brain injury is unique and different and a certified medical exercise specialist can be an important part of your rehabilitation team. An initial evaluation will help determine extent of body awareness, muscle tone, movement, balance and gait.
Based on the evaluation, the medical exercise specialist can help in designing an individulaized program consisting of neuro-developmental training, joint mobilization, functional training and self-stretching exercises. The five most common benefits of medical exercise program include:
- Memory assessment and improvement.
- Motor function and muscle strength increase.
- Improved responsiveness to sensation and awareness of the surrounding.
- Lifestyle counseling to enhance independence with daily activities
- Improved balance to facilitate standing and walking.
With brain injury, time is of the essence. Don’t delay – seek medical attention and start working with a medical exercise specialist or physical therapy as soon as possible.
It’s All In Your Brain
A brain injury has the potential to affect the quality of life and limit the individual’s ability to do simple things.
Expect me, as your medical exercise specialist to work closely with other members of the healthcare team to improve your ‘brain health’ and speed up the recovery process.
The goal is to help you (or someone you know) resume full function in a gradual, controlled manner with an individualized medical exercise program. This will help to recondition your brain and nervous system and bridge the gap between medical intervention and physical recovery.
The Bottom Line …
Is medical exercise treatment will help regain function and improve quality of life. As your medical exercise specialist, there is a lot that I can do a lot for you; including boosting your ‘brain health’ with done-for-you nutrition program to complement your physical conditioning. Call or email me today and I’ll show you what I can do for you and your brain.