Brain injury paralysis recovery is a lot more achievable than you might expect.
In today’s article, we’ll show you precisely what you need to do to recover from brain injury-related paralysis and regain control of your muscles.
Hope for Brain Injury Paralysis Recovery
Most people don’t realize that brain injury paralysis recovery is a real possibility.
Unlike other forms of paralysis, which result from severing the spinal cord, brain injury paralysis is caused by poor communication between your brain and muscles.
This means that if you can restore mind-muscle connection, then you will regain control of your movement! But if that’s true, why don’t more people know about it?
It’s partly because doctors tend to err on the side of caution and like to prepare their patients for the worst-case scenario. Unfortunately, this leads to limiting beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecies.
In other words, because some patients don’t know that paralysis actually is treatable, they don’t take any steps to overcome it.
So how do you break free of this destructive cycle and recover from TBI paralysis?
The first thing you need to do is change your perspective.
Our beliefs really do affect our actions. If you assume that nothing you do will help your paralysis, you won’t make the most out of your treatment and are less likely to see results.
But if you believe you can regain muscle control after brain injury (which studies have shown is true!), this will motivate you to work as hard as you need to overcome brain injury paralysis.
After you get into the right mindset, then you can begin your brain injury paralysis recovery.
And you’ll do that by activating neuroplasticity.
How Neuroplasticity Helps with Brain Injury Paralysis Recovery
Neuroplasticity refers to the mechanism your brain uses to reorganize nerve cells and form new neural pathways.
These new neural pathways then allow healthy, undamaged portions of the brain to take over control from damaged areas.
Therefore, by engaging neuroplasticity, you’ll be able to create neural pathways between your brain and muscle and eliminate your paralysis!
But how exactly do you activate neuroplasticity?
Through lots and lots of repetition.
The more you practice an activity, the more it reinforces new neural pathways. And the more you strengthen those pathways, the stronger the connection between your brain and muscles will become.
How to Recover from Brain Injury Paralysis
The following treatments will activate neuroplasticity and help you restore muscle movement after brain injury.
1. Passive Range-of-Motion Exercises
You might wonder how you can activate neuroplasticity when you can’t even move?
That’s where passive range of motion exercises come in handy. With passive exercise, a therapist or caregiver moves your affected muscles for you.
As simple as this sounds, it will significantly aid your brain injury paralysis recovery.
Even though you aren’t technically moving by yourself, you are still activating the parts of the brain involved in muscle movement. This reestablishes communication with your mind and muscles.
Passive range of motion exercises also keep your muscles flexible and prevent contractures from developing.
2. Mental Practice
Along with passive exercise, mentally visualizing yourself moving your paralyzed muscles activates neural plasticity.
Therapists call this mental practice, and several studies have shown that it engages the same brain regions as physical movement.
That makes mental practice a great way to reconnect your mind to your muscles!
For the best results, combine mental practice with physical practice, like passive range of motion exercises.
3. Electrical Stimulation
Electrical stimulation is another excellent way to re-link your muscles to your brain.
It works by sending an electrical impulse to directly to your affected muscles, causing them to contract.
This stimulates the brain and activates neuroplasticity.
Once again, combine electrical stimulation with passive exercise to get the best results. Or if you have only weak muscle movement, try activating your muscles when you feel the electric pulse. This makes it even more effective.
The more you stimulate your brain like this, the better its link with your muscles will be.
You can do E-stim from the comfort of your own home, but when you first try it, we recommend doing so under your physical therapist’s supervision. They can show you the best places to put the electrodes.
4. Mirror Box Therapy
This therapy helps you recover from hand paralysis after brain injury.
Place a mirror over your affected hand and then do some hand therapy exercises with your non-paralyzed hand. This activates mirror neurons in the premotor cortex, the part of the brain that controls movement.
Basically, it tricks the brain into thinking it is moving your paralyzed hand and activates neuroplasticity! Just reflect your unaffected limb over your affected one, and practice hand therapy exercises with your unaffected hand.
Surprisingly, you may notice your affected hand starting to twitch or move in response!
This only really works if you have one strong side, though. If the paralysis affects both sides of your body, try the other treatments we suggested.
5. Active Exercise
The more you use the therapies suggested in this article, the better the connection between your brain and muscles will become.
Eventually, you should regain minimal movement in your affected limb. Now that you can move a bit, you’ll need to do repetitive, active exercises to continue strengthening your mind/muscle connections.
The more repetitions you accomplish, the stronger these connections become. So if you want to recover faster, focus on high repetition — with the best form possible to train healthy patterns.
One of the best ways to get results is to try Flint Rehab’s FitMi home therapy device. It’s designed to help you accomplish the high repetition necessary to see results quickly.
FitMi is the reason why a stroke survivor with arm paralysis could finally move his arm for the first time after only three weeks of using FitMi!
His story proves that recovering from brain injury paralysis is possible.
All you need to do is keep activating your brain’s neuroplasticity.
Brain Injury Paralysis Recovery: Conclusion
So there you have it! These are the best ways to recover from brain injury paralysis.
Remember, every brain injury is unique. We can’t guarantee you’ll see results as instantly as others have, but we can guarantee that you won’t make any progress if you never try.
Just keep stimulating the brain with passive and active exercises. Sooner or later, all your hard work will pay off.
And above all, never lose hope. No matter what anyone tells, it’s always possible to make improvements.
You just need to be willing to work for it.