Exercise after a Brain Aneurysm

A brain aneurysm is when a bulge occurs in a blood vessel in the brain. Aneurysms often develop in arteries at the base of our brains. Some will bleed slightly and are normally referred to as a bleed stroke or hemorrhage stroke. These conditions are serious and need to be treated as soon as possible.
Some people will have more risk factors then others, things such as: a family history, they do tend to affect woman more than men, race, those with high blood pressure and those who smoke. After such an incident rehabilitation may be necessary for those who may have some functional limitation due to the bleed and damage to parts of the brain tissue. The good news is our brains will continue to recover year after year. It was once believed that after a year that no more recovery was possible, however this is not the case and improvement is an ongoing process with its plateaus and spurts of great successes. The patient will experience fatigue especially early on and this fatigue can last a long time after the event which frustrates the person involved. The secret is to rest when the body feels it needs to and resume when it feels more willing….. Take it slow. It is better immediately after the injury to complete very short exercise routines as little as a few minutes and slowly progress. The brain has marvelous ways of finding new path ways. Just keep in mind the fatigue is part of the healing and recovery process. Don’t be fooled into believing that inactivity relates to you being lazy. The Brain needs time to recover and along with this recovery is good rest. Fatigue should be considered a positive sign of your progress. It is a good idea to also work on the cognitive side as well.
Cognition refers to the processes of thinking, reasoning, problem solving, information processing, and memory and lateral thinking. Try doing memory games, jigsaw puzzles, learning a new musical instrument, math problem solving and just reading aloud.

When it comes to the gym your exercise routines should be closed kinetic chain exercises. Closed chain kinetic refers to when the distal end of a bone is fixed. Some examples would be pushups, front squats, back squats, lunges, leg press and pull-ups. Closed are preferred because they are closer to daily activities, they are compound movements working over more than just the one joint, and allow these groups of muscles to work simultaneously.

While those who know me know I hate most supplements, in this case I like my clients to take a fairly large dose of Omega 3 krill oil, and mediate to baroque music. Stanford University in the USA reported on a study they did as follows: QUOTE:”An eclectic team of Stanford researchers has recorded brain images of people listening to 18th-century baroque music, producing valuable insight into how the brain sorts out the chaotic world around it.

The team—including researchers from the School of Medicine and the Department of Music—showed that music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating the event in memory. Peak brain activity occurred during a short period of silence between musical movements—when seemingly nothing was happening.

Beyond understanding the process of listening to music, their work has far-reaching implications for how human brains sort out events in general. Their findings were published in the Aug. 2 issue of the journal Neuron.

The researchers caught glimpses of the brain in action using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, which gives a dynamic image showing which parts of the brain are working during a given activity. The goal of the study was to look at how the brain sorts out events, but the research also revealed that musical techniques used by composers 200 years ago help the brain organize incoming information. “END QUOTE: Source for more reading, http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/august8/med-music-080807.html

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By: John Hart

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

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