Exercise Programs to Connect Mind & Muscle After Brain Injury

Regular exercise can help people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury in many important ways. Studies have shown that regular physical activity — planned or unplanned — can help with improving emotional regulation, decreasing stress and anxiety, improving our relaxation response, decreasing perception of pain, improving symptoms of fatigue, and neurogenesis: the creation of new connections in the brain. Understanding what type of exercises to do and how to do it properly can sometimes be a challenge. However, the benefits of regular exercise far outweigh the costs and obstacles associated with it. In this blog, I outline the [...]

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation in Gait Training for Parkinson’s

Gait impairment is common in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), affecting mobility, independence and increasing falls risk. Over the past few decades, research and clinical studies supporting the effects of using music clinically in rehabilitation have been developed and replicated. One of the most powerful and well-documented elements of music on non-music functions is rhythm. In this blog, we will look at how rhythmic auditory stimulation can help improve walking and function for those living with PD. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.[i] The disease is caused by loss of cells in [...]

Traumatic Brain Injury and the Mental Health Effects of Covid-19

As a physiotherapist working in one of the province’s leading neurological rehabilitation centres, I have witnessed the mental health effects of COVID-19 on some of my clients with traumatic brain injury. In the spirit of Bell Let's Talk Day, I wanted to share the perspectives of some of my clients (with their permission) with our readers in the hopes that it might help someone. Since the first pandemic lockdown in Canada last March, many of my clients who were previously suffering from a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury have reported an increase in issues regarding psychosocial health, mental health, [...]

Persistent Concussion Symptoms: Therapy for Post Concussion Syndrome

Over the past several decades, rehabilitation science and the public have learned more and more about concussion injuries. However, in my clinical experience there is very little information and knowledge regarding the prognosis and treatment for persistent concussion symptoms. I have worked with a number of clients who have sustained sport and motor vehicle accident concussions and brain injuries during my time as a physiotherapist. The majority of clients are very frustrated and irritated by their symptoms and the resulting impairments to their life. They assumed that concussion was something that would heal quickly and did not realize it could [...]

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