Traumatic Brain Injury
This post appeared on Belleruth's Facebook page. It's from a woman recovering from traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress – an award winning classical pianist by training (musicians generally take to guided imagery like a duck to water) and a distributor of essential oils, with a lot of strength, drive and resilience.
Her abuse situation has resulted in multiple medical and legal challenges, but she is one plucky dame and she has a lot of friends. We will ask her if she would like us to send her our Domestic Violence Recovery Pack.
We got this query from a woman who had set up a guided imagery library in the Oncology Department of her hospital, and who is now looking for appropriate titles for the Neurology Department. Here it is:
Need your guidance Belleruth.
I've set up a guided imagery library @ my cancer hospital unit using your tapes, & now I've been asked by a neurologist for help bringing it to his practice to help migraine, neuropathy, brain tumor patients, etc.
Please provide any suggestions as to which tapes to get for him and his department, as my experience is strictly with cancer, since that is what I have.
And what a miracle your tapes have been in my life, by the way.
Thank you so much.
Researchers from the Department of Rehab Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle evaluated the effects of a single session of four non-pharmacological pain interventions, relative to a sham procedure, on pain and electroencephalogram- (EEG-) assessed brain oscillation, in order to determine the extent to which intervention-related changes in perceived pain intensity are associated with changes in brain oscillations.
Thirty individuals with spinal cord injury and chronic pain were given an EEG and were tested for pain before and after five different procedures (hypnosis, meditation, transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS], neurofeedback, and a control sham tDCS procedure).
Each procedure was associated with a different pattern of changes in brain activity, and all active procedures were significantly different from the control procedure in at least three bandwidths.
Elizabeth got this note from a nurse who’d sustained a concussion that kept her from working, driving or doing two things at once – very frustrating and discouraging, needless to say….In October of 2012, I sustained a concussion. I couldn't work, drive or multi-task. My thought process was slow and frustrating. A health care professional trained to care for others, I was humbled.
After months of slow progress, I turned to guided imagery for help. I found Belleruth's TBI imagery/affirmations immensely comforting and assuring. With repeated use, I was gently guided from a place of despair to one of hope and renewal. "The more I accept what I feel, the more I allow myself to heal."
Thank you for partnering with me on my health journey. I highly recommend this sensitive, well-researched recovery tool.
Jane N., RN, MS
I have a son, now 26, who suffered a head injury, while skiing, when he was 18. Physically he is fine but emotionally and psychologically he is still struggling. While he has come a long way, it has been, and continues to be, a painful road (suicide attempt, drug addiction) and unfortunately he is not open to going for help. I was thinking of having him listen to your PTSD CD. I thought I would sit with him the first time that he listened to it, for support. He says he is willing to try it. I wonder if you have any other suggestions.
We were copied on this encouraging comment on Face Book – a woman reporting on the value of targeted guided imagery for TBI to someone who, we assume, is struggling with brain injury symptoms:I wanted to tell you about guided imagery for TBI. I have been using guided imagery CDs personally and professionally for over ten years for stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger, etc. and they are amazing. Belleruth Naparstek has a recent audio recording out for TBI and the vets I see in my counseling practice are having wonderful results. I highly recommend you go to her website and check it out. Love and blessings to you!
I have used your tapes, CDs and mp3s for years, both personally and professionally.
Now I have a family member with a severe TBI and am so grateful that you have a new guided imagery for that.
However, I (and the neuropsychologist) want to know at what level on the RANCHO scale does a person need to be in order to begin to benefit from this.
Please let me know. Thank you.
LG, PhD, LCMFT
A stroke survivor in rehab who has used guided imagery successfully in the past for other health challenges wonders if the TBI imagery can help her with her recovery from a recent stroke…
I love your recordings and use many for health problems, as I have had a lot of them. The CFS and M.S. guided imagery are just so healing for me. The Affirmations are as if you were reading my mind!
I have had a stroke and used the heart guided imagery, and I was wondering if the new Brain Trauma would help me, as I have many of these problems too.
Thank you for your work.
Adam at Ease is a video blog created by former Army Sergeant Adam Anicich, a current Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone living with a brain injury.
He now works as the assistant director of the Congressional Liaison Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he and his team communicate the Secretary’s initiatives to members of Congress, provide information on all programs and services the VA provides, annually resolve over 21,000 Congressional Inquiries dealing from casework to policy, and act as on-site liaisons between 541 members of Congress and the VA. As a former Army Sergeant and polytrauma patient, he’s uniquely qualified to identify and communicate the needs of our vets to Congress.
And he’s getting married this fall.
In this video, he tells the story of his injury and recovery. His blog is filled with practical tips for day to day coping with brain injury, and provides a lot of support and inspiration. Check it out!
We’ve gotten half a dozen questions like this one in the last week alone, so we figured we’d best post this question and answer this question from a program manager of a Kingston, Ontario agency that provides community-based services to adults with brain injury:
Thank you for your efforts with producing a guided imagery for TBI. I am a Program Manager in Kingston, Ontario, providing community-based services to adults affected by brain injury. I have been an admirer of your work for many years and have been pleased with your more recent focus on brain injury.
You may remember I had hoped to have you come to Kingston for a conference on TBI, particularly from military service. Unfortunately, the government funding did not come through and we had to cancel your engagement. I still hope this can happen some day.
My question to you is about the TBI guided imagery. Do you think it would also be helpful to people with acquired brain injury? Our referral base is about 50% TBI and 50% ABI with the causes of ABI being infection, tumours, and stroke (with diffuse effects).