Activities that Can Safely Help You Recover
When you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, you learn quickly that there are certain activities in which you simply shouldn’t participate. Because of increased health risks associated with multiple concussion or TBIs, you’ll generally want to stay away from recreational activities that could put you at risk for any type of impact to your neck or head. Extensive exposure to screens, including smartphones, desktop computers and tablets, can also interfere with your recovery. There are, however, a number of things you can do, activities that you can be a part of, that are not only safe, but can actually boost your recovery.
The Effective Types of Recreational Therapy after a Traumatic Brain Injury
Recreational therapy is a specific approach geared toward strengthening both your mind and your body. In addition to helping you physically grow stronger, recreational therapy can improve your mental health, and minimize the social isolation that can often be a part of a TBI.
Among the types of recreational therapy most commonly prescribed for persons at any stage of recovery from a TBI are:
- Walking—You can do it on your own, but one of the best ways to ensure that you get a regular walk is to take your dog. Spending time with a dog is also a great way to avoid loneliness and social isolation
- Kayaking—It’s a low-impact, low-stress form of exercise that requires a significant amount of coordination and balance. In addition, you’ll have the joyful experience of floating on water.
- Singing and/or playing a musical instrument—Scientific studies show that exposure to music helps your brain heal. The studies also show that the benefits are greater when you’re playing or singing than when you are simply listening.
- Art therapy—There’s no better way to stimulate the right side of your brain. Research also indicates that simply viewing art increases the blood flow to your brain.
- Yoga—This ancient practice safely offers a wide range of benefits, from improved strength, balance and coordination to healthier sleep patterns
Contact Core Medical Center Today
At Core Medical Center, with offices in Blue Springs, Missouri, we can help you put together a comprehensive program to maximize your physical recovery after a traumatic brain injury. Contact us online or call our offices at (816) 336-9970 to schedule an appointment.