Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) is the therapeutic use of red and near-infrared wavelengths of light energy or LEDs to produce photochemical reactions that have a positive effect on cellular metabolism and recovery from damage and inflammation.
Neurocognitive testing is a type of assessment that is used to measure various aspects of brain function, such as memory, attention, and cognitive processing skills. This type of testing is often used to aid in the diagnosis and management of conditions that can affect brain function, such as concussions, brain injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Essential Tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes involuntary rhythmic shaking, most commonly in the hands, but also the head, trunk, voice, and/or legs.
Although a lot of people’s lives have started to return to some semblance of normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are still experiencing symptoms of long COVID and do not know where to turn for help. We have technology at our clinic which may be able to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with long COVID.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become an increasingly popular subject of interest as more people (adults and children) are being diagnosed with it. There are many effective medications which can aid in reducing deficits associated with ADHD, such as paying attention, staying on task, zoning out or excessive movement. However, sometimes these medications come with unpleasant side effects and may not be the best choice for everyone. Thankfully, there is a non-pharmacological way to help address these ADHD-related deficits: neurofeedback.
One of our top priorities at SNPC is to maximize and help to facilitate our clients’ recovery as much as possible. One way that we approach this is through offering the most comprehensive programs that we can. This goal of ours, in combination with the knowledge that there is a bidirectional relationship between our physical health and mental health, means that we emphasize offering services that also support the mental health needs of our clients.
The term “laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Now, hearing that might make you think that lasers are dangerous, but this is not entirely true. A laser is simply just a device that produces light. Through science and technological innovation, we have been able to harness the power of light and use it towards the treatment of various conditions.
Cognition is defined as “the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.” Just like other aspects of our health, such as diet, fitness, and psychological wellbeing, taking care of how we think is very important. As we age, it is fairly normal to receive testing to screen for any conditions that can cause cognitive impairments, such as dementia.
The “fix me” or “fix this” mentality is incredibly natural and understandable. It serves a purpose in the sense that it can drive us to make certain decisions and actions that can lead to change. However, it can also be detrimental to one’s recovery, if left unchecked.
“Peak performance” has become a bit of a buzz word in a lot of executive, professional and athletic circles lately. Peak Performance is a state in which a person performs at a maximized level of skill, immersion and concentration leading to exceptional output or achievement (Recruiting Times, 2019). In our current digitalized world, we consistently have a high level of demands and distractions which can impact our ability to concentrate and focus on the task at hand.
It’s no surprise that our thoughts play a major role in our mental health. They can influence how we feel about ourselves, others, and the world; they can influence how we behave; they can impact how we experience life in general. Given the level of impact that our thoughts can have on us, our thinking can sometimes cause us needless harm and distress. This is often overlooked in the moment since thoughts can feel so personal, intrusive, automatic, and intense.
Every day we have a list of tasks, a pile to move, or a metaphorical mountain to climb. For some, these feel like mole hills and for others, it can feel overly cumbersome. Our mood and mental well-being depict the interactions with our environment and those around us. This is where working with a kinesiologist, like myself, can help shift one’s perspective on that mountain and bring it into a mole hill size.
Sport-related concussion (SRC) has received increasing attention from the media, researchers, and athletes over the past few years. With the increased awareness surrounding concussions in sport, there has also been an increased amount of diagnosed concussions.
Our brain is made up of multiple connections, think of it as multiple wires (neurons) that are connected to each other to communicate messages. After an injury to the brain, some of these connections can become damaged.
The vestibular system is a sensory system in your inner ear that helps you maintain your balance. This system is key for providing information regarding motion of the body/head and spatial orientation.
Originally posted at Pain BC. Chronic pain is linked to our minds through emotions, memory, experiences and mood, and in this way, a form of exercise that targets both the mind and body simultaneously can prove to be extremely beneficial for chronic pain.
Originally posted on Pain BC. You may have heard of the numerous health benefits associated with yoga, and perhaps you’re open to trying a class but not sure where to start. Not all types of yoga are beneficial for people living with chronic pain.
From The Balance Sheet: Quarterly BC Balance and Dizziness Newsletter. Learn more about concussions, maintaining wellness and treatment tips.
Originally posted on Pain BC.
An invisible illness is one that is unseen to the naked eye. People in pain often have a difficult time explaining their pain to loved ones because, on the outside, they still look the same. Without any obvious signs of physical injury (such as a cast, using walking aids or having visible scars) it may be difficult for people to understand that there is still something serious happening inside of your body.