What Can You Do to Help Improve Your Chances of Maximum Recovery?
You’ve been in a car accident or had a slip and fall, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Regardless of the severity of your injury, one of your primary concerns will be your ability to function as you did before the accident, both physically and mentally. Are there steps you can take to improve your chances of maximizing your physical recovery? Let’s look at the things you can do to help yourself heal physically.
Use Neuroplasticity to Relearn Physical Tasks
When you’ve suffered any type of brain injury, the damage to your brain cells is not reversible. Unlike some other body cells, brain cells lack the ability to heal or regenerate. Fortunately, because your brain is so vast, with approximately 60 trillion connections that control your mental and physical health, you can create new neural pathways to allow you to do most or all of the things you could do before your accident. That process is referred to as neuroplasticity.
How does neuroplasticity work? By taking new learnings and creating new neural connections. Rehabilitation, as well as physical and occupational therapy, can help retrain your body to perform physical tasks. By fulling embracing therapy and rehab, striving to get as much as you can out of it, you’ll have the best opportunity for maximum physical recovery.
Pay Close Attention to What You Eat
Certain types of foods provide significant benefit to your brain, including fish, eggs and dark, leafy green vegetables. Walnuts have also been shown to be good brain food, and vitamin B12 helps, too.
Sleep is Essential, Too
Like any injury, a traumatic brain injury typically responds positively to rest. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, so that your body gets into a rhythm. Stay away from screens as much as possible and avoid the afternoon nap—both can lead to sleep deprivation.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.