Tune into ConcussionBeGone’s newest podcast interview with Dr. Molly Parker, a traumatic brain injury prevention advocate, survivor, and Physical Therapist. She speaks candidly about her brain injury recovery and gives tips to those struggling through their injuries right now!
Tune in and listen to a new podcast with Mac Lawson! She is a traumatic brain injury survivor who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury after surviving an assault. Tune in and listen to how she fought and is overcoming the physical and emotional trauma that she experienced.
Tune in and listen to our podcast with Danielle Allen, also known as the ConcussionCoach. She is an author, firefighter, and concussion researcher who coaches professional athletes and military veterans back to their optimal health after experiencing multiple concussions. A Princeton alumna and former Softball Ivy-League Champion, Danielle uses her experiences as a firefighter and former D1 athlete to provide her clients with a science-based, no BS approach to brain injury and recovery.
Tune in to hear more about Danielle and what she is doing to help those in the Traumatic Brain Injury community!
Madison Isaacs is a 22-year-old athlete who has competed in martial arts since she was five years old. She started Olympic Style Taekwondo in 2014 where she received her first traumatic brain injury in 2018. It has been two years since she first received her injury and she says that she beginning to see the light at the end of her recovery. Madison is excited to share her experience and story with you all! Tune in now!
Tune in and listen to traumatic brain injury survivor Brendan Verrier, share his story about how he was able to overcome his traumatic brain injury!
Brendan Verrier is from Perth, Western Australia and suffered from post-concussion syndrome for about 18 months after having 6 concussions throughout his career. He played Australian rules football in a semi-professional competition and when he received a concussion he had no clear pathway for support and now wants to help others that are going through the same thing!
Check out Brendan’s Instagram page @inbetweentheears
This is the first part of the three-part “I-Know” Series! In this podcast, we will go over the many treatments that may be helpful to you in your brain injury recovery. Now, I must ask, do you know your treatments?
There are many treatments to help those with traumatic brain injuries manage and overcome the many symptoms that they face, but the hard part comes when trying to find the treatment that is best for you. I know for myself, it took a while for me to figure out exactly what really worked. Therefore, here, I have outlined all of the many treatments that help traumatic brain injury patients manage and overcome their symptoms and conditions. So let’s get started!
*Disclaimer – Information within this post should not be regarded as medical advice, please consult with your doctor to find the right treatment plan for you*
Vision Therapy (Oculomotor Training)
Vision therapy is commonly used for those with vision difficulties following the onset of a brain injury, which can include symptoms such as sensitivity to motion, blurry vision, double vision, eye pain, headaches, dizziness, and peripheral vision problems. This type of therapy has many techniques used in order to help train aspects of the vision system to repair and rejuvenate damaged connections in the brain.
Occupational therapists help individuals reintegrate and return back into the communities in which they reside. They evaluate and treat visual, arm, and cognitive impairment that may negatively affect one after a brain injury. Activities may include home management, rest and sleep habits, work tasks, and social participation. In some cases, an occupational therapist may give instruction outside of the office at a grocery store, workplace, or home. The focus of this therapy is to help you reacclimate yourself to the daily tasks and events that you faced prior to your injury. For more information about Occupational Therapy, please visit the link below!
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is a specialized and individualized treatment routine for those who have visual difficulties as a direct result of a traumatic brain injury, physical disability, and other neurological insults. This therapy is a process for the rehabilitation of visual/perceptual/ motor disorders and utilizes prisms, lens filters, and occlusion to help stimulate parts of the brain that are not functioning at their fullest potential. Treatment plans are often tailored to the needs of the patient. For more information about Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, visit the links below!
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. It is commonly used in order to treat decompression sickness. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure, your lungs can then gather more oxygen than would be possible in breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. This all helps to fight bacteria and to stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which prompt healing.
For more information about hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy, check out these links.
Speech therapists also known as Speech-Language Pathologists work with those with traumatic brain injuries in improving memory, problem-solving skills, social and language skills, cognitive-communication skills, and much more. They help traumatic brain injury patients communicate effectively after the onset of their injury and as they progress to recover. For more information about Speech Therapy, please visit the links below.
Vestibular therapy can be helpful for those who have persistent dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems. This type of therapy utilizes habituation exercises, gaze stability training, and balance training in order to improve dizziness and bodily orientation.
Click the link below for more information on vestibular therapy.
Physical therapy can be especially helpful for those who have certain types of headaches and/or who may have suffered orthopedic injuries at the onset of their injury. Physical therapy includes treatments that include exercise, massage, and heat therapies. The goal of physical therapy is to help patients relieve injuries that may be making the concussion-related symptoms worse.
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A counselor can help in learning healthy coping skills, relationships, and emotional well-being after the onset of a brain injury as well as when and if it is prolonged. Seeking assistance from a counselor can be especially helpful in deciphering and understanding your thought patterns and potential habits during your TBI recovery.
If you are contemplating getting a counselor, be sure to check out this article below.
Cognitive therapy utilizes activities designated to improve memory, attention, perception, learning, planning, and judgment. Cognitive therapy covers a wide range of symptoms of brain injury patients but helps to increase personal awareness of themselves and their environments.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be effective for those who suffer from mood changes after a brain injury. Cognitive-behavioral therapists help patients develop the ability to identify negative thought patterns while creating concrete skills to manage them. This therapy has been shown effective for those who suffer from anxiety and depression following their injury. For more information about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy click the link below.
Exertional therapy can be helpful for those who are experiencing a slower recovery than expected. This type of therapy involves performing light aerobic activities in a controlled and monitored environment, like a treadmill, pool, or other no risk impact setting. Exercise has many benefits to recovery, talk to your doctor about ways you can begin including exercise into your daily life.
For my exercise to recovery treatment plan click this link!
As I thought about the direction that I wanted to take ConcussionBeGone in the new year and all that I wanted to accomplish and do in order to help you all in your recoveries this year. I went back to why I created this platform; which was to help those with brain injuries find resources and a community to recover properly. And so, I have decided to dedicate this first month of the year to a series called “I Know…”, this series is all about helping you find the right treatments, attitudes/mindset, as well as other people in order to recover.
The first two weeks are called “I Know My Treatments”, in which I share podcasts and blog posts to help you find the right treatments to recover. The third week’s theme is called “I Know Survivors” in which I share stories of traumatic brain injury survivors through podcasts and blog posts. And lastly, the last week’s theme will be called “I Know Myself”, in which we go through how you can be more aware of yourself in body and mind through your recovery. I am so excited to kick off this series, and I hope that it is helpful to you!
Dr. Joshua Flowers is the owner and founder of Revive Treatment Centers in Denver, CO, a neurological rehabilitation and optimization facility focusing on traumatic brain injuries, post-concussion syndrome, neuroautoimmunology, neurodegeneration, stroke, depression, and PTSD. His facility is acclaimed as the most progressive in science-based applications for neurological recovery, utilizing the most robust suite of advanced neurological therapies in the world combined with a whole-body and mind approach to healing. Dr. Flowers’ vision is to provide patients with the most comprehensive, thorough investigation to inform targeted therapeutic interventions, developing lasting changes for optimization of brain function.
Check out www.revivecenters.com for more information about this rehabilitation center and the treatments that they offer.