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Besides nutrition, what treatments help the most for the greatest number of people?


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Physical Therapist

Answer transcribed from Brightway's interview with physical therapist Susan Little:


Well, you're asking a physical therapist, so you can probably guess what I'm going to say. If you go to a baker and ask them what the best thing to eat is, they're probably going to say baked goods. If you come to a physical therapist and ask what the best thing is to make them better, I am definitely going to say movement and exercise. I don't think anybody could argue that movement and exercise aren’t important to us as human beings. I would like to say that prior to a brain injury, exercise is important. After a brain injury, exercise is essential if you have the desire to heal, improve, and have a healthy and well life. I always say that if we could provide exercise in pill form, everybody would take it because it's easy to swallow that vitamin, but not so easy to lift those weights and get on the exercise bike. Know that it is a challenge to anybody who is healthy. It doesn't hurt for them to exercise and isn't hard for them to get out of the house. However, keep in mind that it is more important for you as a survivor of brain injury to do that exercise and movement.

 

Exercise actually speeds up neuroplasticity as well. It keeps our brain healthier and staves off many other diseases that are found to occur with aging. The dementias, Parkinson's disease, and so on. Again, if I could bottle it in a pill or a smoothie, we would all be taking it because movement is the key to keeping our brains healthy and to promoting that recovery and healing of our brain.