A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a devastating effect on your life. While there is currently no cure, various therapy options are available to help people adapt to their injuries. One that some people are touting is yoga.
A TBI can affect you physically and mentally. As yoga exercises both the mind and the body, it stands to reason that it might help. Here is what proponents claim yoga can do for people with TBIs.
Help you feel better about yourself
There is a massive emotional element to yoga. Being still and accepting things as they are is one thing students work on. You cannot change the fact you were injured, but you can change your attitude toward your injury. That starts by accepting your current situation.
Help you speak
A TBI could cause you to lose your speech. Forming words is, in part, down to your breathing. Yoga can help you breathe better, and in conjunction with speech therapy, it could help you talk again.
Help your physical conditioning
The brain controls your ability to move, and a TBI can reduce that ability. That could lead you to get unhealthy. Yoga allows you to take exercise when more traditional forms of activity may be off the cards. Regaining strength may help you recover some of the movement you thought you had lost.
Yoga cannot solve a TBI, and it will not remove the need for significant injury compensation. Yet it is certainly worth considering that it could help you come to terms with your injury and get as much out of life as possible.