Massage Therapy for Stroke Recovery

Stroke can result in changes to mental, emotional and physical function. A wide spectrum of treatments can be used to improve disability after stroke, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. After the initial acute phase of stroke, massage therapy can be used to help treat the effects of a stroke, including: paralysis or weakness of one side, decreased sensation, increased tone or spasticity, decreased coordination, swelling and pain in the affected areas due to the above symptoms, and stress and anxiety. With an aging population, greater life expectancy, and younger people having strokes, the amount of care needed [...]

Dynamic Balance Exercise Program for Brain Injury Recovery

Physical activity and exercise are vital to recovery after a brain injury. Whether you are starting exercise for the first time or returning to exercise after injury, strength training and cardiovascular activity can help to improve strength, mobility, cognitive function and overall quality of life. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can often be a slow and persevering process filled with many ups and downs. Improving both physical fitness and mental fitness are key when returning to daily activities, work or school, sports and other life events. Many individuals recovering from brain injury have lower overall fitness levels when compared to [...]

Low Impact HIIT Program for Brain Injury Recovery

Cardiovascular health is directly linked to brain health. Concussion symptoms can have an adverse effect on cardiovascular outcomes such as heart rate and blood pressure. Nausea, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms cause increases in heart rate which puts added stress onto the heart increasing blood pressure, increasing the risk of cardiovascular health events. Engaging in regular cardiovascular and aerobic activities help to improve brain injury and concussion recovery by managing blood flow which in turn improves blood flow to the brain to improve symptoms. Further engaging in at least 30 minutes of cardio activities per day improves [...]

Mind-Muscle Connection Exercise Program for Brain Injury Recovery

Mind-muscle connection (MMC) means to bring your attention to your body as you move. However, MMC is more than just moving with intention. It also means thinking about actively engaging the target muscle as you engage in movement. Why is Mind-Muscle Connection Important? Research shows that just thinking about the muscles moving and working activates the muscle fibers even more than if you performed the exercise without focus and attention. In other words, the more you focus on the target muscle while performing an exercise, the greater your strength and muscle memory gains will be. When we focus our [...]

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