What is a Brain Injury? How can yoga help?

What is a Brain Injury?

Graphic of colorful brain inside white head silhouetteWe take for granted the role our brain plays in our lives. We move through our days facing minor irritations, finding times when we are not as sharp as we would like, maybe having some moments of forgetfulness. We notice that when we are tired or stressed, things are not as easy as when we are rested and focused. But what we generally do not think about is how the brain is responsible for our every action, emotion, and thought.

A brain injury can affect how a person feels, thinks, acts, and relates to others. The important role our brain plays in all areas of our functioning, and our lives, comes into sharp focus when there is an injury to the brain.

Yoga Can HELP

Acquired brain injury refers to all forms of brain injury that occur after birth, regardless of the cause. Another kind of Brain injury is Traumatic brian Injury ( TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury is a form of acquired brain injury that results from an external blow, penetration or jolt to the brain. In Bruce’s case, a fall off his bike created the blow to the head.  (You can read more of his story at gofundme.com) The severity of TBI ranges from mild to severe. Common causes of TBI are falls, car accidents, assaults, gunshot wounds and sports-related impacts. A closed head injury is one that does not involve damage to the skull. An open head injury (also called a penetrating head injury) is when the skull is breached or damaged.

A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury, though symptoms typically resolve often after a period of time. For more information on concussion, please visit ConcussionSmartMarin.org.

Potential Effects of a Brain Injury

As described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the severity of a brain injury may range from “mild” to “severe:, and can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes:

  • Physical/motor disabilities
  • Behavioral issues
  • Language and communication deficits
  • Cognitive deficits (memory, problem-solving, focus, attention)
  • Psychiatric/psychosocial sequelae (mood, anxiety, depression, irritability)
  • Isolation, loneliness, loss of community
  • Frustration, boredom, functional decline
  • Loss of relationships, relationship issues, role changes, sexuality
  • “Nobody gets me”
  • Psychosocial challenges are associated with increased mortality and decreased functional outcomes
  • Inability to return to work

These injuries not only affect the individual and his or her family, but they also take a toll on our economy and our society.  The more we understand these types of injuries, the better we can support the student and persons involved in their lives. At Yoga Mountain Studio our Yoga Therapists, Sienna Smith ( owner) and Linda Prosché understand how Yoga and Yoga therapy can help improve

  • Mental clarity and increased focus
  • Reconnecting neuro pathways and awakening movement and cognition
  • Increase short, and long term memory as well as muscle memory
  • Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Rates are highest for children aged zero to four-years-old, and for adults aged 75 years and older. Yoga can help increase balance and stability
  • Our Yoga community is strong and it gives people a place to “belong”

Donate and find out more about Bruce Clifton at gofundme.com and yoga mountain studio for teacher training information and why we want to send him to Yoga Teacher Training and why we need more teachers like Bruce!  Sources: Brain Injury Association of America; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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