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Massage Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Treating Brain Injuries

As we continue to support Brain Injury Awareness Month and #ChangeYourMind about Brain Injury, we’d like to focus on 3 methods of treatment that are available to those who suffer from an Acquired Brain Injury.  We’ll first discuss the benefits of Massage Therapy for patients with a Traumatic Brain Injury.  In future posts, we’ll discuss how these patients can benefit from Physical Therapy and Talk Therapy (consultations with Mental Health Professional). Comprehensive, intensive rehabilitation is the standard of care after brain injury.

 

At Sianna Muscles in Motion we have been treating patients who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury for 15 years.

 
 
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When a person has a Traumatic Brain Injury after life-saving measures have been performed, Massage Therapy is an excellent form of treatment to incorporate into a patient’s recovery and maintenance plan; especially if they were in a coma for any prolonged period of time.

 
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Massage Therapy will help the person with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

• Increase blood and lymph circulation
• Reduce Spasticity, contracture, or stiffness  
• Helps too to calm the patient’s mood as they adjust to a new normal
• Helps to improve and maintain comfort and mobility if the patient suffers from a prolonged injury and/or ailments.

Massage Therapy compliments the treatment provided by a Mental Health Professional as it helps remove the memory of the trauma that can be stored in the muscles.


Massage for Auto Injuries

A motor vehicle accident is one of the most common causes of a traumatic brain injury.  If you were in an auto accident and are interested in treatment, we invite you to learn more and see the steps to begin treatment by visiting our Massage for Auto Injuries page.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

#ChangeYourMind about Brain Injury

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How Familiar are you with Brain Injuries?

The truth is many people are unfamiliar with Brain Injuries.  Even if you are aware, you may not fully understand all that is associated with it.  To that end, we are supporting the Brain Injury Association of America in raising public awareness about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.


The Goal is to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.  At Sianna Muscles in Motion, we have the privilege of providing care through therapeutic massage for a variety of patients who have unfortunately sustained a Brain Injury.  Many of the patients we treat have sustained a brain injury due to an accident at the workplace or as a result of a motor vehicle accident.  Although we cannot permanently fix the daily struggles they face, it brings us immense joy to help them improve and maintain their quality of life. 

Throughout the Month of March, we will be sharing information on our Blog and Facebook page to help spread the word and #ChangeYourMind about brain injury.  You'll have an opportunity to learn more Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI), including Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI); you'll learn how Massage Therapy helps patients with an ABI/TBI, and you'll have an opportunity to hear directly from two of our patients who have a Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Quick Facts About Brain Injury

• Every 9 Seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury.
• An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.
• More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an ABI each year, but the total incidence is unknown.

Typical Causes of ABI Include:

• Electric Shock
• Infectious Diseases
• Lighting Strike
• Near Drowning
• Oxygen Deprivation
• Stroke
• Seizure Disorder
• Substance Abuse/Overdose
• Toxic Exposure
• Tumour

How You Can Get Involved

Learn: Learn what you can about Acquired Brain Injuries.  As you learn you will be more compassionate to the afflicted and their families.  You'll also be in a better position to personally provided assistance.

Support: Share what you learn with others.  Raise awareness by sharing posts like this one on your social media profiles.  Anything you post be sure to include the official #ChangeYourMind tag which was introduced by the Brain Injury Association of America.  You can also show your support with official apparel that directly supports the campaign in a visible and monetary way (link to purchase t-shirts/hoodies).

DON'T FORGET TO DETOX!

Indulge your skin (and senses) with regular detox baths. Himalayan minerals or Dead Sea Salts will pull toxins out of the skin and make your muscles feel 'oh so good!' Add your favorite essential oil scent to your bath minerals for ultimate relaxation!

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Dry heat zaps moisture from the skin. Use a humidifier in winter months. A humidifier imparts moisture to skin, but also assists in keeping sinuses from dryin out - resulting in sinus headaches and infections. And don't overlook a daily moisturizer such as a Natural Body Butter. Shea Butter is a favorite for a beautiful satin finish for all over the body and is also a natural sunscreen! 

Holistic Tips for Healthy Skin

Experts agree that the key to beautiful skin is a Healthy Lifestyle - which consists of adequate sleep, regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Nourish the Skin by eating foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids; such as Fish, Beans, Turkey and Lean Beef. Snack on seeds and broccoli florets for a daily dose of Vitamin E.

Stay hydrated by drinking non-carbonated beverages; such as water and herbal teas. (Iced tea is especially refreshing in the warmer months).