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Conquering Education after Brain Injury

by Kellie Pokrifka Pursuing education is a deeply personal and individualized matter. The journey of every single student is unique. Following a brain injury, these differences are even more pronounced. Learning to accept your journey without comparison to others is critical. If we can achieve this, we become our own advocates versus just another obstacle.  […]

Life Lessons: Accepting My “New Normal”

by Amy Zellmer As we put up a new calendar to celebrate a new year, I hope you take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things that happened in 2019.    One of the lessons I have learned is that it’s sometimes hard to realize all that is going right in our world […]

Benefits of Walking

by Sue Wilson, MA, ATC/L, PES, CHHC Physical activity is critical to soothing the mind, body and soul. Walking is one of the best ways to get into an exercise routine because it is simple and needs very little equipment. The exercise of walking can work muscle groups, burn calories, improve circulation, reduce cholesterol and […]

Is Dysautonomia a Major Factor in Post-Traumatic Headaches?

by Jonathan Chung, D.C. Persistent headaches are arguably the most common problem associated with persistent post-concussion symptoms. While these headaches do look and feel similar to migraine headaches, they have their own classification under the umbrella of post-traumatic headache (PTH).    Even though PTH has its own category and has been researched extensively, clinicians and […]

3 Warrior Powers of Amethyst

By Kristen Brown Today’s world is filled with elements that drain our energy, damage our brain and body, and impact how we are able think and act at work and at home. We are constantly battling these elements to maintain a clear and focused mind and fully functioning body. Amethyst is a brilliant purple quartz […]

A High Sodium Diet May Help Alleviate Symptoms of Dysautonomia

by Sierra Fawn Guay, MS, RDN, LDN Disclaimer: This article is not meant to replace personalized medical advice.  A high sodium diet may not be right for you.  Dysautonomia describes a set of conditions resulting from the malfunction of the autonomic nervous system.  Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a certain type of dysautonmia that […]

Conquering College After Concussion

by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief Looking at college freshman Rachel Mischel you wouldn’t know that she has struggled with lingering symptoms from multiple concussions suffered several years ago. Fortunately for Rachel she found the right treatment path, but it was a long road getting there. In 2017, during her junior year, she sustained her first (documented) […]

Managing Stress With Plants

by Sue Wilson, MA, ATC/L, PES, CHHC One chemical element is essential to the functioning of the human body. Oxygen is a colorless, odorless reactive gas, atomic number 8 — and is life supporting. Perhaps the most critical thing about oxygen is that it is life supporting. Every cell in the human body needs oxygen […]

Did You Just “DYS” Me?!

Kelly Harrigan Do you want the bad news or the good news?  Okay, here goes with the knockout punch: dysautonomia affects more than 70 million people worldwide and, at this time, there is no cure. The good news? Now that you know what you’re dealing with, you can educate yourself (and others) to manage this […]

7 Unique Symptoms of Dysautonomia

by Kellie Pokrifka Throughout this issue, we have discovered the basis for dysautonomia. Now let’s talk about the myriad of ways in which dysautonomia can present itself after brain injury. Note that there are numerous forms of dysautonomia and that each condition can present with different symptoms. To further complicate the diagnosis, each patient can […]

Dysautonomia: Historical Perspectives from Chinese Medicine

Dr. Amy Ayla Wolf, DAOM Chinese medicine (CM) has had a reference frame for understanding dysautonomia for thousands of years. What insights does CM provide—and can acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer any solutions for dysautonomia? As a CM practitioner specializing in concussions, I can say from my experience, the answer is “Yes!”    Chinese […]

Are Faulty Veins to Blame for Dysautonomia After a Concussion

by Jonathan Chung, D.C. Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system has become a more widely recognized problem in concussion research in the past 5 years. However, translating this knowledge into effective treatment has been lacking because many clinicians still don’t recognize the subtle signs of autonomic dysfunction or how to treat them. One important question […]

What You Need to Know About Service Dogs

by Toni Popkin With 23 states having laws against the use of fake service dogs, it’s important to understand what a service dog is.  The American Disability Act (ADA) clearly defines a service dog as follows: “A service dog is specifically task-trained to help an individual with a disability that substantially limits one or more life activities. […]

January Tarot Reading: Olive Branch

by Sam Black Olive Branch – It is time to find a way to work together.  You each have strengths and vulnerabilities that need tended, nurtured and loved.  Be flexible without breaking, and understand your common bond.  If the branch has not yet been extended, you may need to take action and put hurt feelings aside.  […]

Happy New Year

by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief Happy New Year, everyone!! I am excited to kick off the New Year with an issue all about dysautonomia. This is such a misunderstood and often misdiagnosed symptom of brain injury. If you have a brain injury, there’s a very high likelihood that you have some form of dysautonomia, which can […]

The Anxious Brain

by Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC, DACNB I’ll make this simple: when you injure your brain, you will affect the integration between your brain-gut and gut-brain axis. This can lead to gastrointestinal dysfunction, and it is very common to develop dysautonomia. This can lead to changes in regions of the brain that can cause anxiety for […]

Setbacks After Brain Injury

by Amy Zellmer | Editor-in-chief Setbacks. They’re a fact of life, right? After a brain injury, setbacks can be devastating. They can feel like the end of the world, wrapping you in a feeling of isolation and despair. Throughout the course of my recovery, it was only natural that I would encounter setbacks. Most of […]

Recovery and Persistence

by Amy Zellmer | Editor-in-chief I remember at the one-year mark of my brain injury, the neurologist told me that this was likely the best I was going to get as it had been a year. She explained that the majority of recovery comes in the first year — which I now know to be […]

TBI TV — Anxiety After Brain Injury

by Amy Zellmer | Editor-in-chief In this episode of TBI TV, I share with you my experience of living with anxiety after my traumatic brain injury in 2014 — sponsored by The Functional Neurology Center. Anxiety is an all too common symptom after brain injury, and is often the result of our “fight or flight” […]

Holiday Giveaway!

We are having a giveaway with some AMAZING prizes valued over $1350!! We wanted to make the holidays a little more joyful so we are giving away some incredible prizes from some fantastic people that we highly trust and recommend! Using the Rafflepress entry form below, you can scroll through the prizes, and get up […]

Yoga: Star Pose

by Amy Zellmer | Editor-in-chief Yoga is a powerful tool for recovery after brain injury. Contrary to some beliefs, EVERYONE can do yoga — you don’t need to be super flexible, have great balance, or even be able to stand up. The beauty of yoga is that every pose can be modified so that anyone […]

December Tarot Reading: Soul Food

by Sam Black Soul Food – It is time to feed your hunger and feed your soul!  Your body and soul are crying for more!  You are ready for feasting and celebration.  You are needing to gain more knowledge and insight.  Your mind and brain are repairing and expanding, needing to be fed.  The teacher is […]

7 Tips For A Relaxing Holiday With Yoga

by Laura Erdman-Luntz The holidays can be especially taxing on our body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is one way we can connect with our inner-self and allow ourselves to relax. These 7 poses are very simple and meant to be calming and relaxing. Balasana. Resting on the front of the body helps us become deeply […]

6 Tips for Surviving the Holidays & Overstimulation With a Brain Injury

by Amy Zellmer | Editor-in-chief With the holidays upon us, many traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors will find themselves facing more overstimulation than normal, which can cause additional brain fatigue and stress — as well as causing fear and panic to set it in in some situations. Overstimulation is one of the most common symptoms […]

6 Weeks of Advocacy and Self Care

Join me for 6 weeks of self-exploration and development — Dec. 9th – Jan. 31st Over the course of six weeks (with a two-week break during Christmas and New Years) we will do a deep dive into self-exploration, self-care, self-advocacy, and so much more!! This is for ANYone interested in growing their advocacy and self-care […]

Nutrition and Eye Health

by Sierra Fawn Guay, MS, RDN, LDN Our eyes are complex organs that are responsible for communicating messages between the external world and our brains.  Changes in eye function are common after brain injury.  Nutrition plays an essential role in promoting eye health.  The foods that we eat provide the nutrients that our eyes need […]

7 Tips For A Relaxing Holiday With Essential Oils

by Laura Erdman-Luntz Essential Oils are powerful tools that can help us shift our energy very quickly. They also can help us support our bodies and mental health in a multitude of ways. Here are 7 quick tips to help you stay relaxed during the stressful holiday season. They take literally seconds to do, and […]

Recovery vs. Resiliency

by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief In February of 2014 I slipped on a path of black ice, landing full-force on the back of my skull. I had suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in for a journey unlike anything I had ever imagined. I was originally told by doctors that I should be feeling better […]

Vision Injuries Post-Car Crash

by James A. Heuer, PA On February 28, 1998, my wife and I were involved in a motor vehicle collision. We were waiting at a stoplight on the way home from a dinner. There was a car in front of us so we could not turn right on red.  A driver exiting the freeway crashed […]

Amber Bryce Sacred Soul Jewelry

by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief I am excited to introduce you to Amber Bryce, she puts love and intention into all of her pieces — and I can feel the energy buzzing around me when I wear mine! These earrings pictured are amethyst and quartz and I absolutely LOVE them! I commissioned her to create these […]

November Tarot Reading: Great Protector

by Sam Black Great Protector – You have been placed with the ability to stand up for those who need help and at times this protection has moved you off course.  You find that others come to you with their struggles, expecting you to resolve their issues but it is important that they understand you can not […]

Life Lessons — Empathy

by Amy Zellmer Throughout the course of my TBI journey I have learned numerous lessons that perhaps I never would have learned otherwise. While some people may look at their TBI as the worst thing to ever happen to them (or their loved one), I choose to consider it a blessing that keeps on giving. […]

Understanding CBD’s Many Possible Benefits

by Dean Foor and Jeff Ballard Imagine where your day could take you if you felt your best—mentally, emotionally, and physically. What adventures would you go on? How would you connect with your loved ones? What goals could you accomplish in your career or personal life? Entangled Biome’s mission is to empower your overall wellness […]

Neurosurgeon Leads the Way in Eye Tracking Diagnosis for Concussion

by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief From the age of six, Dr. Uzma Samadani, MD, Ph.D, knew she wanted to be a doctor. “The earliest thing I knew I wanted to be was a doctor. I have no regrets, there is no other career I would pick if I had to do it again. I wanted to […]

The Concussion Paradigm

by Vernon Williams, MD There is so much about the concussion process that isn’t yet fully understood by science. How can one athlete seemingly return to “normal” hours after what looks like a knockout blow to the head during a big game, while another takes weeks to fully recover from what seemed to only be […]

October Tarot Reading | The Healing Pool

by Sam Black The Healing Pool – It is time to soak in the healing pool.  Allow the nutrients to come into your space and replenish what you have lost.  You are being called to cleanse and create partnership with your mind, body, and soul.  Remove the toxins from your body, the elements in your life that […]

Visual Vertigo: It’s a Real Thing!

by Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC, DACNB Many of our patients seek help, hope, and answers for lingering post-concussion symptoms. These injuries may have occurred during sporting events, car accidents, falls, blast injuries or various other modes of trauma. Not only do these injuries lead to chronic dizziness, vertigo, visual symptoms, headaches, and balance issues, but […]

Benefits of Essential Oils

by Sue Wilson, MA, ATC/L, PES, CHHC Aromatherapy has been a form of healing since the early hundreds. Essential oils are powerful for TBI survivors because they have the capability to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB). The BBB helps protect our brains from toxic materials that circulate through the blood stream. Essential oils are […]

Gentle Yoga to Help You Stretch

By Laura Erdman-Luntz Let’s start getting into our bodies with a little gentle yoga. Gentle yoga is a great way to begin to handle the tension in the body from the stress of a TBI and if you have any tension created from the accident that resulted in your TBI. In this post, we will […]

The Peripheral Vision Challenge

by Kellie Pokrifka Have you noticed how bothersome our peripheral vision becomes after brain injury? Anything out of the corner of our eyes suddenly sets off our TBI symptoms. Why is that? After brain injury, our body tends to get stuck on sympathetic firing, or fight-or-flight mode. We know this as the mode designed to […]

Syntonics

by Kelly Harrigan Yes, we all need a little balance in our lives. Syntonics has been around for longer than most of us have been alive.  This non-invasive therapy has proven its safety, efficacy, and therapeutic value to those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and concussions, as well as other dysfunctions like lazy eye, eye […]

5 Amazing Benefits of Clear Quartz

by Kristen Brown You’re walking along the beach or lakeshore and a stone catches your eye. This is no accident. Rocks, crystals, gems, fossils and shells may seem lifeless, but these members of the mineral kingdom are some of the most energetically powerful things on our planet. When you feel attracted to a crystal or […]

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a complementary tool that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. They are easy to use, smell great, and you can use them in a variety of ways. Please know that all oils are not created equally. Young Living is the only brand I personally trust, as I know they have complete […]

Amy’s Favorite Things

If your recovery was anything like mine, you likely didn’t have the energy or cognitive bandwidth to figure out what to wear every day. I often wore the same outfit for days at a time (which also cut down on laundry) because getting dressed took a ton of energy. I basically lived in comfy yoga […]

3 Eye-Movement Problems That Predict Post-Concussion Syndrome

by Jonathan Chung, DC When most people think about eye problems, they are going to think about problems like blurriness, near-sightedness, or double vision. However, there are different problems that affect the eyes without affecting normal vision, and one of the ways that these problems can be seen is by looking at eye movements. While […]