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~ THERAPY BLOG ~

  • Even a 10-min. Walk Can Be Good for the Brain

    Research has been showing that mild exercise after brain injury including concussions can be beneficial for memory and other aspects affected.  Here is some additional scientific evidence.  

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/well/move/exercise-brain-memory-fitness-cognitive.html

  • FDA announces approval for first blood test to detect concussions

    The FDA has approved a blood test that can detect concussion.  Up until now, there was no objective test to determine if someone suffered a concussion. A CT only determines if someone has had a moderate to severe brain injury.  The definition of concussion is that there is a jolt or hit to the head, but nothing shows up on a CT, yet a person is experiencing neurological symptoms.  Also, CTs are expensive and emit 200x the radiation of a chest X-ray.  Now with this test, someone can be tested within 10-15 min. of the incident or up to 12 hours after.  It is expected that someday there will be a version of this assessment tool that can be administered on the sidelines or in the field of combat. Find out more in the link below.  

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/health/concussion-blood-test-fda-bn/index.html

  • A Neuroscientist's description of his concussion

    This article just came out in the New Yorker.  The write, who is a neuroscientist (studies the brain), describes his injury and symptoms. I especially like how he wrote about why symptoms occurred several days after his injury, as well as his analogy of his word finding difficulties.  I am sure many of you with concussions will relate to this article. His discussion about sleep was also descriptive.  Please feel free to share the article with your lived ones, so that can understand more about your concussion. 

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/neuroscientists-diary-of-a-concussion

    We a Neuro Rehab Associates would be happy to talk to you about any of these symptoms and options on how to mange them.  

    Cathy Fisher

  • Understanding Social Security Disability

    The Brain Injury Association of Montana sponsors free seminars through out the year.  On October 9th, 2014, they had a one hour Webinar on Understanding Social Security Disability.  You can go to this link: http://www.biausa.org/Default.aspx?PageID=7317317&A=SearchResult&SearchID=8409419&ObjectID=7317317&ObjectType=1 and scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the handouts.  It does not look like they have posted the actual webinar yet, but I expect they will do so shortly.  You may also be interested in the other webinars that are posted:  Outsmarting Brain Injury and Getting Back to Work and Realistic Hope after Brain Injury.

  • Sleep and Brain Injury

    People sustaining brain injuries often have sleep difficulties whether it is falling asleep or staying asleep.
    Information from Brainline.org regarding sleep stated: "During sleep, your brain and body recharge. Proper sleep follows regular and predictable rhythm cycles. When you sleep, your brain sets down memories and refreshes various connections that allow your brain to work. Quality sleep helps you think more clearly, be more alert, and function at your best in all areas: mental, physical, and emotional." To read more on why brain injury affects sleep, effects of sleep difficulties, what makes it worse and what to do about it, read more at this link: http://www.brainline.org/content/2009/06/sleep-and-brain-injury.html

  • Problem Solving and Emotional Regulation group

    DO YOUR EMOTIONS SABOTAGE YOUR PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITIES? 

    Neuro Rehab Associates launched a new group: Problem Solving and Emotional Regulation. In this 12-14 week group, problem solving processes and emotional regulation will be broken down into concrete terms. A 5 step approach to problem solving will be practiced.  Emotions will be understood at a meta-cognitive level and strategies to manage/regulate emotions will be practiced.  To learn more about the group and when our next group will begin, contact us at 586-8030. 

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