According to some accident survivors, yoga has become an effective way to repair the brain after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce sustained a traumatic brain injury after a snowboarding accident during the 2009 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The accident left him in a coma for six days, and after awaking, he suffered from memory loss, mood swings and vision problems. Kevin’s vision problems became severe enough to require glasses.
During his rehabilitation, Kevin discovered that yoga could be a helpful activity to alleviate the symptoms stemming from his injury. After several classes in Carlsbad, California, he discovered that his eyesight was starting to improve. As Kevin continued to do yoga, he continued to improve.
While driving back from class one day, Kevin found he no longer needed his glasses. This was the first time in five years since his injury that his eyesight had shown improvement. Kevin and his brother later founded the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a yoga and meditation fundraising campaign to help other TBI survivors.
How Does Yoga Help Individuals With Traumatic Brain Injuries?
According to Dr. Loren Fishman, a New York City physician, yoga thickens layers in the brain associated with higher learning and increases neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to repair itself. It is possible that yoga will become a more popular method of rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury as the medical community discovers more benefits.
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