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Empowering Healing: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Management

Empowering Healing: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain, a pervasive and complex condition, requires a multidimensional approach for effective management. While medical interventions play a crucial role, the holistic perspective offered by occupational therapy (OT) has gained recognition as a valuable complement to traditional treatments. We explore the empowering potential of occupational therapy in the context of chronic pain management.

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Rewiring Resilience: Exploring the Role of Neurofeedback in Chronic Pain Management

Rewiring Resilience: Exploring the Role of Neurofeedback in Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is a pervasive and challenging condition that affects millions worldwide, significantly impacting the quality of life for those who endure it. Traditional pain management approaches often involve medications with potential side effects, leading many to seek alternative therapies. One such emerging avenue is neurofeedback, a non-invasive technique that holds promise in the realm of chronic pain management.

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Navigating the Road to Recovery: Lifestyle Factors for Managing Long COVID

Navigating the Road to Recovery: Lifestyle Factors for Managing Long COVID

Long COVID, a complex and lingering condition following the acute phase of COVID-19, has left many individuals grappling with a range of symptoms affecting various aspects of their health. While medical interventions are essential, incorporating lifestyle factors into a comprehensive management plan can play a pivotal role in supporting recovery. In this blog post, we explore key lifestyle factors that can contribute to managing long COVID and promoting overall well-being.

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Unlocking Hope: The Potential of Neurofeedback in Long COVID Recovery

Unlocking Hope: The Potential of Neurofeedback in Long COVID Recovery

Long COVID, a persistent and often debilitating condition that follows the acute phase of COVID-19, has left many individuals grappling with a range of symptoms affecting various aspects of their health. As the medical community explores diverse approaches to alleviate these lingering effects, one promising avenue gaining attention is neurofeedback. This non-invasive therapy has shown potential in addressing cognitive and neurological symptoms associated with long COVID.

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Treating PTSD by Changing Your Brain

Treating PTSD by Changing Your Brain

There are many options for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, the medications can have some extreme side effects and the therapies can take a lot of time and dedication. Neurofeedback is a technology that can greatly speed up the healing process and help you to manage the symptoms of your PTSD much easier.

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How Neurofeedback Can Help With Chronic Pain

How Neurofeedback Can Help With Chronic Pain

Being in pain for an extended period of time can feel like a helpless situation. When we are in pain for a long time, our brains change. To alleviate the pain, we must work at the level of the brain. This means literally changing the connections between the neurons that have learned the pattern of pain. Neurofeedback can help us to do just that.

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Occupational Therapy and Chronic Pain

Occupational Therapy and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain impacts the lives of 7.63 million people in Canada (Government of Canada, 2020). Yet, chronic pain is misunderstood by many people, and the treatment of it can be a confusing and frustrating journey. Understanding why pain persists and learning ways to self-manage pain can be extremely empowering for those who live with it.

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It’s actually not all about the journey. The destination matters too!

It’s actually not all about the journey. The destination matters too!

As you can probably tell by now, this is not going to be the type of blog that preaches “recovery is about the journey, not the destination.” This is for a few reasons: First, I think that phrase completely disregards the value in having a destination to work towards. Sometimes our hearts and souls simply need that.

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Kinesiology for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Kinesiology for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

My role as a kinesiologist at the Surrey Neuroplasticity clinic has allowed me to work with people living with a variety of neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS) and stroke. Although I love working with every individual, a passion of mine is to work with individuals who have MS to help improve their functional level and help provide some functional independence in their lives.

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Living with MS is something that nobody would choose. For some people, the diagnosis can provide a sense of relief, as there is finally an explanation for many of the frustrating and sometimes scary symptoms they have been experiencing. But then comes the question – now what?

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a lifelong neurological condition that disrupts the development of movement and posture, causing limitations in normal function. CP affects approximately 17 million people across the globe.

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Vertigo

Vertigo

If you have ever felt like you just came off a roller coaster ride while strolling along a street, driving a car, or simply sitting at a desk, you might have experienced vertigo – a specific symptom of vestibular impairment that can be diagnosed and treated.

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Stroke

Stroke

A stroke occurs when there is a loss of blood flow to any part of the brain, causing tissue damage in that area. This can occur in two ways: blockage of a blood vessel due to a clot (ischemic stroke), or bleeding into brain tissue due to a broken or ruptured artery (hemorrhagic stroke).

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord is a long, strong bundle of nerves that connects your brain to the rest of your body. It is the “relay station” that provides information to your brain about the environment, and then carries out commands for movement from the brain.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a group of neurodegenerative diseases. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder that attacks the linings of the nerves cells (myelin sheath) in the brain and spinal cord, impacting the ability of the central nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body.

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Migraines

Migraines

Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent disorder in the world, and they are more prevalent in women than in men. Migraines are considered a primary brain disorder that are characterized by recurrent attacks of head pain associated with autonomic nervous system dysfunction (a branch of our nervous system that acts as a control center for functions such as breathing, heart beat and digestion).

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Concussion

Concussion

A concussion is an injury to the brain that can cause a temporary disruption to how it is functioning. Concussions can be caused either directly (e.g. a hit to the head) or indirectly (e.g. an insult to the body that transfers force to the head). This force to the head causes the brain to move within the skull. It typically causes brain tissue to change at a cellular level, leading to a rapid onset of neurological changes.

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Persistent Pain

Persistent Pain

Pain that lasts for more than three to six months is considered to be persistent pain. One in five people suffer from persistent pain, and more than half of these individuals may have had pain for more than 10 years.

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