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28
Jan

NFL's Controversial TBI Recovery Method May Include Marijuana

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A week after legal marijuana became a reality in Colorado, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that his league’s stance on medical marijuana could be evolving.

“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries.”

[A] 1999 Institute of Medicine study on medical marijuana — a report funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, hardly a bunch of longhaired hippies — found that marijuana has pain-alleviating properties.It’s no secret that chronic pain from soreness, strains, and other injuries are a regular part of life in the league. But NFL-approved marijuana could also help players deal with another major injury that is lighting up the NFL’s radar: concussions and head injuries.

Though far from conclusive, early studies have suggested that marijuana may be able to help speed recovery from head injuries like concussions, as author and journalist Clint Werner explained in his book about the medicinal effects of marijuana.

Of course, granting NFL players a license to toke would hardly solve the NFL’s concussion issue. What it could do, though, is help reduce players’ reliance on prescription painkillers, alcohol, and other substances as they cope with the pain of everyday life in professional football.

(thinkprogress.org)

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16
Jan

Entertainment Activities for the Brain - From Watching TV to Chewing Gum!

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                Chewing gum good for your brain
Television:
 
It is common knowledge that TV has negative effects on the brain and reduces its capacity to think.
 
The first and foremost unwanted effect of television is, addiction. A viewer enters a hypnotic state while watching TV for a long time. This is caused by the flicker on the TV screen. This is why most people doze off while watching TV, providing it entry into your subconscious mind or the alpha state.
 
As a person's psychological and physical dependence on TV increases, its effects the brain's activity too. The brain's left side switches off and the right side begins to function more proactively. It smartly absorbs all the images and the audio-visual content that it sees.
 
 
 
Poetry:
 
Brain imaging technology has have shown poetry is like music to the mind, British researchers say, activating the same brain areas as music does.

Scientists at the University of Exeter used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate which parts of the brain are activated to process various activities.

 No previous experiments had looked specifically at the differing responses in the brain to poetry and prose, they said.  

Writing in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, the researches reported detecting activity in a "reading network" of brain areas which was activated in response to any written material, but said they also found more emotionally charged writing, including poetry, aroused several of the regions in the brain which respond to music.

 

 

Gum:

Chewing gum actually stimulates the brain! A major study was conducted to analyze if and how the repetitive chewing motion of consuming gum actually helps in the mental processes in the brain. Another reason why chewing gum stimulates the brain is a little more complicated. The theory is that, to the brain, the chewing action means a meal is about to be consumed. So the brain is then tricked into sending signals to release insulin.

As a result, the released insulin soaks up any stray glucose or sugar in the blood and makes it ready to be used as energy for any organs or muscles nearby.

(buzzle.com)(upi.com)(brainhealthandpuzzles.com)

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04
Jan

Helping To Prevent TBI And The Possible Need For TBI Recovery

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A traumatic brain injury is damage to the brain caused by an impact or jolt to the head such as from a car accident. Most traumatic brain injuries in teens and adults are caused by assaults, falls and car and motorcycle accidents.Protect your head when engaging in various activities such as skiing, skateboarding and bike riding. Always wear a helmet that fits properly.

 
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Take a break from a crying baby if needed to prevent losing control and shaking the baby. Parenting can be stressful and even the best of parents may feel overwhelmed at times.


Wear your seat belt and be sure young children are buckled in a car seat. Car accidents even at low speeds can cause a traumatic brain injury.
 
Reduce the risk of falls. Fall prevention is especially important for young children and seniors. Install lights near staircases. Keep in mind young children can fall out windows if there are not safety measures.

Check out the playground your child frequents. Concrete and asphalt are not safe materials to have under play structures. Select playgrounds for your kids that have a material under play structures which will cushion a fall such as sand.
 
(ehow.com/tbi)
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04
Jan

Happy New Year to Friends of Adam TBI Recovery

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Sunset

I was amazed seeing this sunset from my front yard and took a photo capturing it.  Hope everyone has a bright outlook on their New Year of 2014.

     -Adam

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18
Dec

TBI Can Strike at Any Age

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of physical trauma to the head causing damage to the brain. This damage can be focal, or restricted to a single area of the brain, or diffuse, affecting more than one region of the brain. By definition, TBI requires that there be a head injury, or any physical assault to the head leading to injury of the scalp, skull, or brain. However, not all head trauma is associated with TBI.

Although TBI can affect anyone at any age, certain age groups are more vulnerable because of lifestyle and other risk factors. Males ages 15 to 24, especially those in lower socioeconomic levels, are most likely to become involved in high-speed or other risky driving, as well as physical fights and criminal activity. These behaviors increase the likelihood of TBI associated with automobile and motorcycle accidents or with violent crimes.

Infants, children under five years of age, and adults 75 years and older are also at higher risk for TBI than the general population because they are most susceptible to falls around the home. Other factors predisposing the very young and the very old to TBI include physical abuse, such as violent shaking of an infant or toddler that can result in shaken baby syndrome.

(encyclopedia.com)

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18
Dec

TBI/TBI Recovery and Our Veterans

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The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of Veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Department of Defense and the Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center estimate that 22% of all combat casualties from these conflicts are brain injuries, compared to 12% of Vietnam related combat casualties.In the military population, the emerging picture is somewhat different. The primary causes of TBI in Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are blasts, blast plus motor vehicle accidents (MVA's), MVA's alone, and gunshot wounds.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved new regulations to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including Parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, which have been linked to TBI.  Traumatic brain injury can result from exposure to blasts from a land mine or a roadside bomb, but it is more likely to be diagnosed in troops who were not deployed and were injured in vehicle crashes, training accidents or sports activities. More than 51,000 veterans are receiving benefits for service-related traumatic brain injuries.

(ptsd.va-gov) (nytimes.com)

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30
Nov

TBI Recovery and Family Support

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(Dear friends - family support to help with a loved one's recovery is vital. Family members of ALL ages can become "coaches" to encourage a loved one forward. This can mean helping with a therapy exercise at home or just reading a story out loud. - Alex)

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How Family Support Helps

A patient's family members can only aid in the physical rehabilitation of their loved one afflicted with TBI to a limited degree, as much of this work is done by doctors and other certified medical professionals.

However, when it comes to the necessary emotional care recovering TBI patients need, families may be best suited to the job. Some of the ways in which families can support their loved one with traumatic brain injury include by:

  • Attending doctors' appointments with TBI patients
  • Doing research and asking questions that TBI patients don't (or can't) do on their own
  • Helping TBI patients remember and practice prescribed therapies on their own (outside of the doctor's office)
  • Laughing or crying with the patient (While you want to minimize the time you cry around TBI patients, at times, sharing a good cry can be therapeutic and enriching.)
  • Listening to and talking with TBI patients

 (BrainandSpinalCord.org)

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30
Nov

Does TBI Recovery Mean "Full Recovery?"

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(Dear Friends - there is no doubt that TBI is life altering. However, we the family, like to say "it doesn't need to be life ending." There may be things a person can no longer do such as perhaps dance the ballet. Yet, they CAN walk. The RANGE of functions may vary and recovery depends on many factors. - Alex)

 

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Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) varies based on the individual and the brain injury.  Attempts at predicting the degree of TBI recovery remain crude.  Recovery can be seen months, and even years, after the initial injury.  Devastating and fatal injuries can be easier to ascertain than other injuries.

These are the indicators the medical team uses for prognosis:

  • Duration of Coma. The shorter the coma, the better the prognosis.
  • Post-traumatic amnesia. The shorter the amnesia, the better the prognosis.
  • Age.  Patients over 60 or under age 2 have the worst prognosis, even if they suffer the same injury as someone not in those age groups.

 Recovery of brain function is thought to occur by several mechanisms.  Some common theories:

  • Diaschisis.  Depressed areas of the brain that are not injured but linked to injured areas begin functioning again.
  • The function is taken over by a part of the brain that does not usually perform that task.  

 

Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) varies based on the individual and the brain injury.  Attempts at predicting the degree of TBI recovery remain crude.  Recovery can be seen months, and even years, after the initial injury.  Devastating and fatal injuries can be easier to ascertain than other injuries.  Many times a person with a brain injury remains unconscious and it is impossible to predict how long they will remain this way or when they will regain consciousness.  The milder the injury the shorter the time frame for full recovery of consciousness and the more severe the injury, the longer the time frame is for a person to regain full consciousness.

(TraumaticBrainInjury.com)(aboutBrainInjury.org)

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21
Nov

TBI Recovery Can Be Hard Work - Speech Therapy Helps You Speak Out And Be Heard (4th in a series)

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A speech therapist or speech-language pathologist is someone who works with people who have difficulty speaking or swallowing. These health care professionals deal with a wide range of speech defects and disorders, from teaching someone with a cleft palate to speak after corrective surgery to helping people who suffer from stuttering disorders. Some work as private consultants, while others are associated with hospitals or health care groups. In general, employment outlooks in this field are quite good, and it is possible to find a reasonably well-paying position as a speech therapist in many regions of the world.

When a speech therapist first meets a patient, he or she usually gets to the underlying cause of the problem first. When a patient has been referred, the therapist can consult the patient's primary care doctor, but when a patient comes without a referral, identifying the cause is very important and sometimes challenging. In some cases, a patient may seek therapist out and the therapist may identify an underlying problem which requires medical treatment. Once the cause of the problem has been identified, he or she can develop a program which is tailored to the individual patient.

(www.wisegeek.com)

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21
Nov

Keeping Your Brain Fresh And Active!!!

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When it comes to aging, life can be cruel. There's plenty to...well...let's come right out and say it: think about. What will happen to my looks? What will happen to my body?

Will I still be able to pursue my interests? What will happen to my mind?

The most common cause of dementia, or severe cognitive decline, and the sixth leading cause of death in the U. S., Alzheimer's disease is marked by difficulty storing new memories and recalling recent events, loss of ability to track day-to-day information, a disrupted sense of time and space, social withdrawal, irritability, and mood swings.

Food should be thought of the same way as the drugs we put in our body. They're all made up of chemicals. Everything we consume prompts a reaction in the brain. Picking the right foods can minimize damage to neurons and preserve a healthy mind as you age.

Blueberries, broccoli, grapes, prunes, strawberries, spinach, artichokes, apples—all contain large amounts of antioxidants, as do herbs and spices like rosemary, turmeric, thyme, and oregano. Bright, yellow-orange turmeric is a classic ingredient in the curries that are a staple of Indian cooking.

First thing in the morning, after several hours of sleep, the brain is running low on glucose. Once awake, it's on the hunt for exactly the foods that deliver heaps of glucose. In short, it's jonesing for fries.

Coffee protects your brain against aging in yet another way. People who drink five or more cups a day are 85 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, which, in addition to its trademark tremors, can also cause dementia. The downside to a lot of caffeine is insomnia, jitteriness, and stomach problems. Good for the brain. Not so good for the body.

After breakfast, Wenk recommends, graze every hour or half hour, as needed, on fruit or nuts; due to their fiber (fruit) and fat (nuts) content, they release their payload at a stately pace and are metabolized slowly.

Epidemiologists have evidence that alcohol protects against Alzheimer's disease. It's a powerful solute that helps dissolve fat in the body, offering cardiovascular protection that benefits the brain as well. The trick is not to consume so much that the liver becomes fatty. Red wine contains, in addition, the antioxidant resveratrol, effective against aging. Prefer beer? The hops that give beer its color also have antioxidant properties.

(www.psychologytoday/2013)

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14
Nov

Amazing - "Invisible" Bike Helmet

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Tired of strapping ugly, uncomfortable styrofoam-and-plastic turtle shells to their heads, the pair came up with a pretty revolutionary solution that does manage to give you full head protection without, remarkably, wearing anything on your head.

A pair of Swedish women have developed a remarkable solution: the invisible bike helmet.

invisible bike helmet

 

So far the helmet is available only in Europe.

(autos.yahoo.com/news/swedes-develop-invisible-bike-helmet) (shop.hovding.com)

 

 

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14
Nov

Ex NFL Quarterback Terry Bradshaw Worries About TBI

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(Dear Friends, before we posted this story, while watching FOX NFL halftime two weeks ago, analyst Terry Bradshaw (ex-Steelers great) was doing the half-time highlights and shouted out about a quarterback calling an "autograph." The other commentators eyed him, then Curt stated..." what Terry meant was...an audible." Terry asked with a puzzled tone..."What did I say?" He looked to Howie Long, who answered..."You said...autograph." Terry just turned away. Hopefully it was just a slip of the tongue...and not anything more. - Alex)

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In a courageous effort to shed more light on the problem of the NFL concussions, Terry Bradshaw has come forward and disclosed that he is suffering the long-term consequences of repeated concussions. Bradshaw, always a brave competitor on the field, has now shown his bravery off the field by admitting that he is experiencing many common symptoms directly attributable to repeated concussions, including memory deficits, word-finding problems and eye-hand coordination problems.Bradshaw admitted that he sustained multiple concussions over his 14 year career. He explained that back then, players, coaches, trainers, and owners simply referred to these concussions as “getting your bell rung.” Bradshaw would just inhale smelling salts and get back in the game. Oftentimes, in the huddle his teammates would have to call the play for Bradshaw because he was too disorientated.

“Toward the end of last season on the FOX pregame show, maybe the last six weeks, I really started to forget things. That’s why I quit reciting statistics because I couldn’t remember them exactly and I stayed away from mentioning some players by name because I really wasn’t sure and I didn’t want to make a mistake. I’m on national TV in front of millions and I hate making mistakes. I told the people in Ruston that I suffered six concussions and numerous head injuries. I think that’s right, but I’m not really sure.”

Bradshaw also admitted that his personal struggle with the subtle cognitive deficits from the brain injuries has led to anxiety and depression, common consequences of brain injury. He stated:

“The memory loss made me jittery at times. It was driving me crazy that I couldn’t remember something that I studied the night before. All it did was trigger my anxiety and all of sudden everything would snowball on me. I know I have depression and it’s a horrible disease. This memory loss just made my depression worse.”

(www.Rozeklaw.com/2013)

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06
Nov

Helping Develop Your Baby's Brain

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Our brain is the most complex part of our body, the function of this marvelous computer is still to be discovered.

Newborns Distinguish Speech: Children as young as four days old can distinguish the vowel sounds of the language in their natural environment from those of a foreign language.

Reading Aloud Stimulates Child Development: Reading aloud to children helps stimulate brain development, yet only 50% of infants and toddlers are routinely read to by their parents.

Baby Talk Increases Vocabulary: A study showed that when mothers frequently spoke to their infants, their children learned about 300 more words by age two than did children whose mothers rarely spoke to them.

Child Brain Development: Measures of brain activity show that during the second half of a child's first year, the prefrontal cortex, the seat of forethought and logic, forms synapses at such a rate that it consumes twice as much energy as an adult brain. That furious pace continues for the child's first decade of life.

Experts recommend talking to your baby a lot. By age 3, kids spoken to more frequently have an IQ that's 1.5 times higher than that of children who weren't. By the time they're in elementary school, they have much stronger reading, spelling, and writing skills.

The tone of your voice is also important. You know the baby-friendly, sing-songy voice – higher pitch, exaggerated vowels (think: 'Helloooooo, baaaa-byyy!') – that you use instinctively? You're onto something! Researchers call it "parentese," and it's an excellent way to help a baby’s brain learn language because each vowel sounds more distinct. The tone helps infants separate sounds into categories and the high pitch is easier for them to imitate.

Emotion is one of the first ways babies communicate with us, says Ross Flom, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. And being able to read facial expressions is the cornerstone of strong nonverbal communication skills, setting your baby up for better teamwork, fewer fights, and stronger long-term relationships as an adult.

 Research shows that children learn language faster  if you point to an object while saying the word.  

 At first, your baby will look at you when you point. As he gets a bit older, he may look at your pointing finger, too. By about 9 months, most babies start to follow your pointing finger and notice what you're pointing to, says BYU psychology professor Ross Flom.

 At around 9 or 10 months, babies will start bringing objects to show you. Having this shared interaction is called "joint attention." It means your child is developing the ability to relate to you about something (and someone) outside the two of you.

(memory-brain-function.knoji.com) (www.babycenter.com)

 

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30
Oct

TBI Recovery Can Be Hard Work - Occupational Therapy Helps Bring Back Daily Work/Home Functions (3rd in a series)

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Occupational therapists work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. Occupational therapists assist individuals to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills.

The word "occupation" comes from our belief that we all have "occupational roles" that contribute to who we are (i.e. mother, son, spouse, employee). The goal of an occupational therapist is not only to help clients improve basic motor functions, cognitive and emotional abilities to return to these roles, but also to compensate for loss of function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapy gives people the "skills for the job of living" that are needed for independent and satisfying lives. Services typically include:

  • Customized treatment programs aimed at improving abilities to carry out the activities of daily living
  • Comprehensive evaluation of home and job environments and recommendations on necessary adaptation
  • Assessments and treatment for performance skills
  • Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers

Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury.

More information can be found at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website.

(www.Mayo.edu)

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30
Oct

Ex-NFL Superstar Brett Farve Expresses TBI Concerns

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It can happen to anybody -- forgetting your glasses are on the top of your head, or not remembering a loved one's birthday after celebrating it for decades. Most of us simply laugh off these short memory lapses.

But for a former professional football player, memory lapses can be a scary thing. They can be a sign of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disease that has been found in the brains of many athletes who suffered repeated hits to the head during their career.

Quarterback Brett Favre played 321 straight games in the National Football League before retiring. He recently told Sports Talk 570 in Washington that he can't remember his daughter participating in youth soccer one summer, even though she played several games. That, and other memory lapses, have worried him.

"For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me," he said. "God only knows the toll."

The only way to diagnose CTE is after death -- by analyzing brain tissue and finding microscopic clumps of an abnormal protein called tau. Tau has been found in the brains of dozens of former NFL players, including Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, Terry Long and Shane Dronett, who all committed suicide. It was also found in the brain of Mike Webster, who died in 2002.

(www.cnn/health.com)

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24
Oct

TBI Recovery and Therapy Resource Takes a Big Hit Down - as Nintendo States End of Wii Production!

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Dear Friends,

Nintendo Wii was/has been a huge part of not only Recreational Therapy, but PT as well as OT for Adam. Standing up...keeping his balance...hand/eye coordination...the "fun" of doing a therapy...the "fun" of having played sports before...and now being able to compete again.... IS LOST...

Not so much for Adam and TBI survivors/victims in the past...as for those in the future.

Nintendo has stated they are officially shutting down the Wii platform/production.

 

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From Nintendo,

"After seven years and over 100 million units sold, Nintendo has said a quiet goodbye to the Wii. Nintendo Japan made the news official today with a short statement on the system's product page that read simply "production over." It marked a particularly subdued ending for a console that had such a dramatic impact on the gaming world.Of course, the shine soon faded for the Wii. A few years after its launch, third-party publishers began realizing that gamers were largely only interested in games made by Nintendo and began to back away from the system."

(Games.yahoo.com/blogs Nintendo Shuts Down Wii)

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16
Oct

The Brain and ESP

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Psychic phenomena are controversial, and any discussion of the paranormal provokes debate. For more than a century psychical research, or parapsychology as it is called today, has been attempting to use scientific methods to unravel the mysteries of psi (psi is the first letter of the Greek word psyche and is used to denote any type of psychic phenomena). Recent developments in parapsychology and neuroscience have revealed new clues about the way ESP and other psychic abilities are processed by the brain.There is strong evidence to support the argument that each hemisphere of the brain has a separate and conscious ego. There are at least two personalities cohabitating in every normal human. Each hemisphere of the brain has a self-reflective consciousness, and a substratum that allows us to process information and symbols. Whatever we see, feel, hear, or touch gets channeled into this system that abstracts these sensations and allows for language, conceptualizations and abstractions.

When one of these centers is active, a neurophysiological mechanism actively inhibits the other from expressing its mental contents. This means that the “unconscious” is always thinking and aware, self-reflective, and needs to express itself from time to time. Most of us rely heavily on processing in the left hemisphere, the center of verbal communications, logic, and linear thinking.  But the psychic centers of the brain seem to be primarily in the right hemisphere, the part of the brain which controls our artistic, musical, intuitive, and non-verbal communication skills.

 

 How to Achieve these Extra Sensory Perception Powers
Researchers feel that these powers are latent in all human beings and need only a trigger to emerge. We must understand that in the human brain there is a gland know as pineal gland. Earlier, that is many eons ago this gland was fairly large almost the size of a golf ball, but now it has shrunk in size and is the size of a pea. This has happened as man has evolved to the present form as per the theory of evolution. Generally ESP powers have something to do with this gland though there is no conclusive evidence about it.

(Dr.AndrewNichols/parapsychologylab.com)(ESP/Wikinut.com)

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16
Oct

TBI Recovery Can Be Hard Work - Physical Therapy Helps Take That First Step (2nd in a series)

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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a professional organization representing more than 85,000 members, ranging from PT's to students of physical therapy, all with the intent of helping others.

 Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty that includes the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of individuals with limitations in functional mobility. Physical therapy services are provided by physical therapists, who are professionals licensed by the state in which they work. Physical therapists are required to have a master's degree or a clinical doctorate degree from an accredited institution and must sit for a licensing exam to practice.

If you have an injury or illness that results in physical impairment or loss of function, a physical therapist can help. Physical therapists treat people across the entire lifespan. Many specialize in treating a certain population, like children, the elderly, or athletes. Regardless of age, if you have impaired mobility, a physical therapy evaluation may be warranted to offer treatment and a strategy to improve function.

Some common problems that physical therapists evaluate and treat include:

 

  • Stroke, Sports Injuries, Fractures, and Arthritis. 

(PhysicalTherapy.about.com)

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09
Oct

TBI Recovery May Require Anti-Seizure Medications.

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(Dear Friends, always get a second opinion from a doctor or neurologist regarding anti-seizure medications, as there are many different brands. Some are more harsh on the system than others, leading to stronger side effects. Unfortunately, your insurance may specify which brand they will pay for - Alex.)

 

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One of the problems that can occur after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is seizures. Although most people who have a brain injury will never have a seizure, it is good to understand what a seizure is and what to do if you have one. Most seizures happen in the first several days or weeks after a brain injury. Some may occur months or years after the injury. About 70-80% of people who have seizures are helped by medications and can return to most activities. Rarely, seizures can make you much worse or even cause death.

Seizures happen in 1 of every 10 people who have a TBI that required hospitalization. The seizure usually happens where there is a scar in the brain as a consequence of the injury.

During a seizure there is a sudden abnormal electrical disturbance in the brain that results in one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Strange movement of your head, body, arms, legs, or eyes, such as stiffening or shaking.
  • Unresponsiveness and staring.
  • Chewing, lip smacking, or fumbling movements.
  • Strange smell, sound, feeling, taste, or visual images.
  • Sudden tiredness or dizziness.
  • Not being able to speak or understand others.

 

Medications that are used to control seizures are called antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). These drugs may be used for other problems, such as chronic pain, restlessness, or mood instability. You and your doctor will decide on which drug to use based on your type of seizures, your age, how healthy you are, and if you get any side effects from the medications. Side effects of AEDs usually improve after you’ve been taking the medication for 3-5 days.

(www.brainline.org)

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02
Oct

TBI Recovery Can Be Hard Work - Recreational Therapy Adds a Fun Factor (1st in a series.)

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                    kings in the corner

(Dear Friends, therapy is one of the best routes for TBI recovery. Your loved one will be involved in many different kinds. Recreational Therapy may give them a morale boost by doing some of the activities they enjoyed before the accident -  Alex)

 

According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), Recreational Therapy means a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

Recreational Therapy may also be referred to as Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy.Recreational therapists work with clients to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon client interests. Examples of intervention modalities include creative arts (e.g., crafts, music, dance, drama, among others), sports, adventure programming, dance/movement, and leisure education.

 

The unique feature of recreational therapy that makes it different from other therapies is the use of recreational modalities in the designed intervention strategies. Although many of the treatment goals that a recreational therapist may work towards are similar to other disciplines on the rehabilitation team, the way a recreational therapist achieves those goals is what distinguishes this unique service. Incorporating client's interests, and the client's family and/or community makes the therapy process meaningful and relevant. Recreational therapy is extremely individualized to each person, their past, present and future interests and lifestyle. The recreational therapist has a unique perspective regarding the social, cognitive, physical, and leisure needs of the patient. Recreational therapists weave the concept of healthy living into treatment to ensure not only improved functioning, but also to enhance independence and successful involvement in all aspects of life. 

(www.wikipedia.com, www.healthpronet.org)

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