Exercising after brain Injury

Exercising brain injuryWhen a member of your family has sustained a Brain Injury exercise can be the furthest thing from your thoughts. But this may well be the very thing that could improve their quality of life and they will be able to make the most out of their physical function. An exercise regime can introduce routine and purpose to their life with the added benefits that exercise can bring.

Introducing routine into the day is vital in the early rehabilitation stage – simple habits of getting up, getting dressed and having breakfast can set the pattern for the day. It gives focus and avoids deepening depression and stress. To keep a structure to the day will add incentive and give you an aim for each day.

By using the THERA-Trainer active/passive exercise bike, having of course first checked with your clinician that you are ready to participate in exercise, you can set small yet realistic targets and gauge the improvement over the following weeks and months. Progress is often slow – don’t be despondent and don’t give up. As with any exercise it is the long term improvement that will improve your quality of life – that being said benefits can be seen by some almost immediately.

Regular use of the active/passive THERA-Trainer will:

  • Help nerve impulse travel faster to your brain
  • Increase focus and ability to stay on task
  • Improve mood and memory
  • Increase blood flow to the brain
  • Increase heart and lung efficiency.

A safe and effective exercise program can play an important role in the rehabilitation process following a brain injury. For example, regular physical activity can help improve balance and coordination, reduce reliance on assistive devices, and enhance the ability to do everyday activities and thus remain independent.