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50 minutes | 5 days ago
State of the MHP Union with Mariah & Eryn
Every once in a while, we like to give y’all an update on how we are doing and what we are learning from hosting the Making Headway Podcast (MHP). Listen today as we get real on everything from our mission, to our reflections on hosting, and all the positive takeaways we’ve learned along the way. Topics covered today:Making Headway Podcast Mission:To share brain injury related information from multiple viewpoints without judgementWe want to make as many resources as possible available to survivors so you know what your options are and can choose a recovery path that makes the most sense for you.To advocate for the brain injury communityMake our voices heardTo promote the open sharing of recovery journeys in the hope that it lends support to other survivors Every story comes with an epic tale. Sharing stories is a source of inspiration and hope to keep moving forward.Reflections from doing the podcastProtecting ourselves from re-traumatization and getting stuck in our past selvesThe fine dance between telling your story, self awareness, recognizing your needs, and moving forwardThere’s no simple fix for brain injury recovery. You have to make the decision and put in the work to move forward. Effects on parenting. Increased concussion awarenessBrain injury baggage- finding the positive. Staying in the moment and stopping comparisons. I just am me! “You get what you get and don’t get upset.” (17:40)Just be where you are. The pre-injury self is not the gold standard. BooksWhere is the Mango Princess? by Cathy CrimminsHas been a really helpful book in moving forward about a person with brain injury and his caretakerThis is Your Brain on Food by Uma Naidoo, MDPositive things we’ve learnedEating well4 colors on the plate. Frozen veggies really make this easyStir fries are easy ways to add more veggiesBowl full of blueberries always available to snack onYou can add a lot of veggies into chili and soupsThe Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass, converts recipes to Whole 30, clean and healthy eatingEmbracing where I’m at. Doing something positive just for me everyday.Love Your Brain YogaYoga nidraMeditation apps: Calm, Insight Timer, HeadspaceGetting back into exercise. Working out now is more about what feels good rather than having lofty goals. Working out without body shame and self-judgement. Inconsistency is ok. Caution keeps you safe. Fear keeps you from doing things. You can’t “fix” it all at once. Your reliance on the team and not trying to be everything. Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses; when to delegate and when to hang on.Stay in the moment. Be real with who you are and let people know your strengths and weaknesses are.People pleasing: have had to stop filling the needs of others without ever filling yourself upMaking boundaries is like putting your airplane oxygen mask on first. You can’t help someone else if you haven’t saved yourselfAllowing relationships to evolve, especially in families. I don’t need someone else telling me that what I am doing is ok. I need to be ok with what I am doing. Enjoy the journey! Support us:Leave us a review on Apple PodcastsFollow us on Instagram or Facebook: @makingheadwaypodcastFollow us on Twitter: @makingheadwaypo Use the links in our show notes if you’d like to buy products mentionedDonate, 10% of proceeds go to a brain injury group of our choiceShare our podcast with a friend Links to any resources mentionedWhere is the Mango Princess? by Cathy CrimminsThis is Your Brain on Food by Uma Naidoo, MDThe Defined Dish by Alex SnodgrassLove Your Brain YogaMeditation apps: Calm, Insight Timer, HeadspaceHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via StitcherVisit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
71 minutes | 12 days ago
Find Your Triggers, Stop Your Suffering with Chelsie Moore, Integrative & Functional Medicine Nutritionist
Looking to learn more about how your diet can influence your brain injury recovery? Post-concussion and all other brain injury survivors, go no further! This episode has it all!! Chelsie Moore functional medicine nutritionist, action sport aficionado, and all-around super-smart, bad-ass teaches us about all things brain and gut. We dive deep on neuroinflammation, the brain-gut connection, and hormonal imbalances along with what YOU can do to take control and get better. Grab your pencil and take notes; you’re going to feel inspired to take action after hearing this!Topics covered in this episode:Functional MedicineGetting down to the root cause of what is going on with your healthDiffers from Western medicine as it looks to treat what causes the problem instead of just treating the symptoms of the problemPractitioners in functional medicine spend a lot more time with their clients to uncover root causes and provide individualized careChelsie’s Story--Motocross rider with multiple concussionsShe lost 5 years of her 20s because she didn’t have the right help that she needed. As bad as it was, it led her to turn it on its head and became a functional medicine nutritionist to be able to help others heal their brainsSuicide prevention Untreated brain injuries can lead to chronic inflammation causing mental health struggles which include suicidal thoughtsPeople may feel embarrassed to seek help if they’re having depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. There can be a stigma in the action sports community to not seek help and suffer aloneDon’t be ashamed to ask for help: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ NeuroinflammationThere is a lot we can do for neuroinflammationBrain injuries cause a breach to the blood brain barrier which allows toxins into the brain. That creates a cascade of reactions that cause inflammation (inflammation is an immune response)Anti-inflammatory dietClean dietThe first most basic thing to do is to do lower inflammation in the brain is to eliminate gluten, dairy (casein), and sugargluten and casein fuel trigger an autoimmune reaction called molecular mimicry that fuels the vicious cycle of neuroinflammation What has gluten in it? Learn how to read your food labels. Most food labels have to say if it has wheat (gluten) in itWheat, barley, soy sauce, some condimentsAnything that is “enriched”, “self risen” Graham or durum flour, food starchEmulsifiersMost of the fake meats have glutenHydrolyzed vegetable proteinMaltCammettRyeOats, unless certified gluten freeStabilizersThickenersWheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, semolinaWhat has dairy in it?MilkWheyCaseinAnything lacto-based (although some lactobacillus is dairy free)Brown sugar and caramelBinding agentsMore chronic severe symptoms may need more dietary controls than the aboveAutoimmune paleo diet: Fruits, vegetables ,grass fed meats, wild caught fishKetogenic diet: has the most research around it for neuroinflammation. Can be hard to maintainHow you exercise affects inflammation. Subthreshold high-intensity interval training protocols are bestIt’s better to do something rather than nothing. It is ok if you can’t fully overhaul your diet overnight. Take it in small bits. Chelsie focuses on easing people in by assessing where they are at and making small changes over a period of time.Maybe it is starting with just cutting sugar or gluten and then see how you feelWhen you actually feel a difference you will be more inspired to make more changes. That is when you can introduce other changesGet through two weeks of cutting sugar. You do detox and don’t feel well at first; but it gets better!!EAT REAL FOOD, stop eating processed foodIs there ever a place for moderation (aka cheat days)? Stay strict for a certain period of time when you are in the thick of post concussion symptomsAfter you get through 3-6 months of being very strict with your diet, you may be “cheat” in moderation. More importantly, remember there are many substitutions that fill your craving and stay within your dietGrain free pasta: Cappello’s Desserts that are very anti-inflammatory: Keto Cups Dark Chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar: HuPizza: Capello’sCoconut mozzarella: Miyoko’sThrive Market has all these foods!! Delivers these foods directly to you.Brain-gut connectionYour brain controls digestion through your vagus nerve. With a brain injury, the vagus nerve slows down so your gut isn’t working optimally. The slow down allows for leaky gut syndrome and bad bacteria to colonize. If there is gut inflammation in the gut, it triggers and exacerbates brain inflammationA healthy gut relies on real food (nothing processed) and organic foods with as little chemicals as possibleMicrobiome- assess this with a stool sample. The sample tells what is wrong and then you make adjustments Have to look at digestion--is there enough stomach acid? Is the pancreas working correctly? You can exercise your vagus nerve through: lowering your stress levels, gargling water (60 seconds three times a day), singing really loudly, activating your gag reflex, tiger yawns (sticking your tongue out and yawning), stick your tongue out, tilt your head back, close your lips around your tongue and swallowDo all this everyday for at least a monthStimulates digestion to work more efficientlyMany mood dis-regulatory aspects of brain injuries (brain fog, cognitive sharpness, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression) are triggered by diet. Need to keep the toxins down and the gut healthy. Gut inflammation can trigger a lot of the brain injury symptoms by itself. We live in environments plagued with chemicals. Our bodies have trouble keeping up. This stems chronic diseases as our bodies are worn out trying to handle the daily toxins. It’s as simple as eating whole, organic foods!Hormones and brain injuriesWhen our hormones are in balance our brain works at it’s best and our energy levels and moods are at their bestWith concussions and brain injuries the pituitary gland is susceptible to damage. It’s in a vulnerable area and is fragile tissue. This gland controls our hormone secretions in our bodies and when it is injured we see hormone deficiencies all over the placeAbout 25% of people with brain injuries have a hypo-functioning pituitary gland after injury. It’s not common for practitioners to look at hormone function post injury so hormonal imbalances are often missedHormonal imbalances are linked to common brain injury symptomsLow testosterone: anger, fatigue, depression, memory issues, troubles focusing. Address with replacement, ginseng, high-intensity interval training, low carb dietLow pregnenolone: anxiety and social anxietyLow progesterone: Progesterone is a potent anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective hormone. When it is low you have anxiety, insomnia, irregular menses, bone loss. Address with bioidentical hormone replacement, Vitex, diet controlsAdrenal hormones: cortisol is high with stress and brain injuries which leads to adrenal exhaustion. Looks like blood sugar dysregulation, being lightheaded with standing, and burnout. Address with exercise, stress management, mindfulness, naps, meditation, ashwagandha, phosphatidylserine Dutch Complete: test to diagnose hormone dysregulation. Looks at hormones over the course of a period of time (whereas a blood test is only a snapshot of your hormones at the time the blood is drawn)Need to work with a qualified provider to take a stepwise, smart approach to make a treatment planHow to learn more: https://www.mooreintegrativehealth.com/ “Concussion Comeback” program: Self-paced, 12 week virtual concussion recovery program. The program includes video modules, monthly Zoom conference calls to answer questions and individualize care; and a support group.Goes over the 5 most beneficial treatment areas and gives action steps. Each module has 10-15 minute videos that teach all the main categories. Neuroinflammation: digestive function, food intolerances, triggers, neuroinflammation protocol supplements to bring down inflammationNeuroinflammationMastering DietToxin LevelsHormonesLifestyle: exercise, cognitive exercises, stress managementConcussion KitsConcussion First Aid: what you need in your pocket for acute stage brain damage prevention (take immediately after impact)Concussion Recovery Kit: for first month after concussionComprehensive Recovery Kit: for longer term post-concussion symptomsFree 3 day meal plan on websiteSave-a-Brain helps connect brain injured people to the right treatment Concussion Recovery Cookbook--stay tuned to the website, coming soon!Work with Chelsie Moore--she is not limited to one state or country and can work with you individually Links to any resources mentioned:Suicide Prevention: We’ve been there and we care about you, please get help! Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)Grain-free pasta and pizza crust: Cappello’s Desserts that are anti-inflammatory: Keto Cups Dark Chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar: HuCoconut mozzarella: Miyoko’sThrive MarketConcussion Comeback ProgramConcussion KitsSave-a-Brain Sessions with Chelsie Moore: https://www.mooreintegrativehealth.com/ Instagram: @mooreintegrativeHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via StitcherVisit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
32 minutes | 16 days ago
Bonus Episode: Mariah & Eryn on Concussion Talk
Mariah and Eryn were interviewed for episode 72 of the Concussion Talk podcast. If you like what you hear, check them out on a podcast platform near you- they have tons of great interviews and resources for brain injury and concussion survivors!
64 minutes | 19 days ago
Survivor Story: My Brain Injured Friends with Alexandra and Beate
Two brain injured friends who were able to support each other through their recoveries and then start a podcast...WAIT, WHAT?!?!? We thought that was our thing but were so happy to learn that there are others using their friendships, conversations, and experiences with brain injury to help others! Today we talked with My Brain Injured Friends, Alexandra and Beate about their survivor stories and lessons learned. We quickly became friends! Take a listen, we guarantee they’ll feel like your friends too. In this episode:My Brain Injured Friends (podcast)Alexandra’s story: hemorrhagic stroke survivor due to AVMBeate’s story: ischemic stroke survivorNeuropsych testingDealing with the hard stuffWill you ever get better? When will you be 100%?Dealing with religion and relationships post brain injuryIf you just xxx, your xxxx will go away. Praying, hoping, and wishing for a different circumstance. Why would God do this? TherapyBeing flexible“If God can love you wherever you are, you can love yourself wherever you are. Praying hard for a miracle? Maybe the miracle is what you are going through. Maybe it’s not wishing it away. Maybe you are in this spot to learn something monumental” (33:10)“You get to define why your injury happened, you are the one who gets to see how it changed your life.” As life goes on your perspective changes and the list of lessons that come from it grows longer (33:50)“I am what I am right now” (35:14)Recovery is a lifelong process, version 2.0 of meFriendships may change and some relationships need to be cut loosePodcast lifeStarting the podcasts gave rise to community and addressed feelings of loneliness. We realized we aren’t alone!Opportunities to share with others who totally get it. When talking with other survivors you don’t have to hold back or protect non-injured people’s feelings.Revisiting the injury frequently can be intensely emotionalRecognizing the trauma without getting stuck in itReprocessing “I own the brain injury, the brain injury doesn’t own me. The podcast is a way to pay it forward. [The injury] doesn’t tell my story, I tell my story.” (46:37)It’s easy to think there isn’t a brain injury community since brain injury is invisible. The pandemic has pushed us to do more social media, video chat, and make online connections with others in the community. Yay!Has taught us about our communication stylesYoga Girl podcast, the art of listeningWhat surprised you the most about your brain injury?Cognitive fatigue and speech therapy for thinking therapyHow easy it is to take movement for granted. The brain-body connectionThe amount of information you process visuallyNeuro-optometry: for anyone with visual deficits post-injury. They will teach you how to live and compensate for your deficit.Having to limit how much you schedule into a dayLearning your limits and drawing boundariesLearning how to say “no”Links to any resources mentioned:My Brain Injured Friends (podcast)Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Life after a Concussion By Vanessa WoodburnYoga Girl podcastNeuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association to find a neuro optometrist HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
42 minutes | a month ago
Survivor Story: Getting Unstuck with Chloe Luckett
What can survivorship look like? This week’s guest has done it all! Join Chloe Luckett, a TBI survivor, program coordinator and community educator for Brain Injury Nova Scotia, yoga instructor for Love Your Brain, and podcast host of Between Two Brains. She found yoga to be a tremendous help in getting her out of learned helplessness and into her new post brain injury life. Listen for inspiration on all you can do to help yourself! You can do it!Topics covered in this episodeSurvivor Story: bike vs carIt takes a week for long term memories to form--this is why you may not remember up to a week before your injuryChloe had several brain bleeds, needed surgery, and was in a comaShe needed rehab for her speech and functionHer time after leaving the hospital and rehab was when the hard stuff set inLoss of independenceIn the hospital it is easy to fall into the role of being the patient, being cared for, and not needing to make decisions for yourself. These times of dependence can have a lasting impact on our mental health, how we think and how we act . It can take a toll on your confidence leaving you unable to make decisions long after you actually can. (9:37)The lack of confidence gets you into a place of questioning yourself and becoming very hesitant. It made Chloe feel unlike herselfChloe’s discovery of yoga helped her out of this place YogaYoga requires one to look into themselves and make the decision to be there; it's very mindfulYoga encourages you to do movements that are right for you; there is always the option of taking a break. You are encouraged to listen to yourself and your bodyLove Your Brain YogaKevin Pearce (founder): US snowboarder who sustained a TBI, fell in love with yoga after his injury and its healing properties for the brain6 week course, one class a week, virtual options available!!Restorative, slower, breaks down the movements into more manageable steps for people with brain injury symptoms (balance, vestibular, etc)What are survivors saying: “I didn’t think I would have ever been able to practice yoga before”Part of the program is a chat with your class after the yoga practice on a relatable topic: i.e. resilience, mindfulnessBenefits of yoga for brain injury survivors, “Why would I want to do yoga?”Breathwork reduces anxietyImprovements in sleepCommunity: connection with others who have brain injuriesHow will Love Your Brain accommodate your brain injury symptoms?They are conscious of your head staying above your heart to help prevent vertigo or dizzinessThe poses focus on keeping your gaze in one spot Brain Injury Nova ScotiaYoga program similar to Love Your Brain- Brain Injury NS allows more types of brain conditions to be included. They have the capacity and ability to accommodate more levels of ability due to smaller classes Programming during Covid: Brain injury community check ins, “How are you doing. How can we help”Virtual programming to reach any one who wants itLive yoga that follows Covid restrictionsBetween Two Brains PodcastFocuses on any and all brain injury stories to show how many different types and experiences there areGives awareness to the injury so that it is not invisibleAttempts to reach the public as brain injuries are very common but yet have poor awareness and can be a taboo subjectEverybody knows somebody who has had a brain injury, you are not alone!Advice for those going through brain injuryStay active! Get fresh air and a daily walkEat wellBe mindful of who and what you surround yourself with: what are you feeding your brain? Not only food, but the TV you watch, the messages you hear from others around you, etc... “What goes into your brain influences what comes out” (40:14)Fuel your body for successLinks to any resources mentioned: *If you are looking for ways to support our show, use these links to buy books or products mentioned. Where is the Mango Princess by Cathy CrimmonsLove Your BrainBrain Injury NSBetween Two Brains PodcastConnect with Chloe and Brain Injury NSBrain Injury NS on FacebookBrain Injury NS on Instagram@chloluckett on InstagramHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
54 minutes | a month ago
Survivor Story: Self-Compassion- Not Just a BuzzWord! with Vanessa Woodburn
Life. Is. Hard! (Thank you Captain Obvious). How we tell our stories and talk to ourselves directly impacts our mental health and abilities, to not only recover from brain injury, but to live a fulfilling life. In this episode we talk about how to love yourself through ALL times. Vanessa Woodburn, integrative health coach, PCS survivor, and author of Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Life After a Concussion joins us with practical advice on self care. Even if you don’t have PCS this episode applies to all brain injury survivors and we venture to say, all humans. Topics covered in this episode:Integrative health coaching: looks at the whole person: emotional, spiritual, nutritional, physical, sleepPost concussion syndrome: there can be a lack of awareness in the medical community of what to do for someone with PCS, “you look fine,” “your test results are fine”Vanessa found she needed to search for help on her ownBounce Back: Reclaim your Life After a Concussion by Vanessa WoodburnApplies to any brain injury. The book focuses on self compassion while doing this work. Gives a stepwise approach for recovery addressing many topics such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, self talk, telling your story, etcWriting our stories (self talk)Is what I’m telling myself true? We have the ability to change our story into positivityRising Strong by Renee Brown. The reckoning, the rumble, and the revolution of our stories.We are neuro-biologically wired to make ourselves safe in our story. We have to search for what is true. Our stories never end and constantly changeNight of the Gun by David Carr: a reporter who had addiction issues that after recovery wrote about his story. He found that the way he represented his story was not actually true, he had created a safer story leaving out difficult parts. After interviewing others he found a more true version The constant rehashing of your story can get you bogged down. What does the revisiting to the story do to your mental health? There have to be points along the way where you release parts of your story so you don’t get stuck. Sometimes you need space from it rather than living in it“If you fight for your limitations you get to keep them” (Jim Kwik). Am I putting a lot of energy to stay in a certain place that doesn’t feel good? You can choose to put your energy into moving forward (16:12)It's a balancing act of listening to what you need but not getting stuck in a spotSelf compassion: with all these things going on, what do I need today? The answer might be different then what it was yesterday. Is today the day to push yourself? (18:45)Self-compassion and Self-care: what will nourish you? Your brain, your body, and your mental health? Self-care considerations: moving your body, how is your sleep? how are you connecting with yourself on the inside, building in quiet so that you can actually listen to what you need?Bring it to a practical level. Kristen Neff, researcher- self care has a ying and yang, a fierceness to take care of yourself and to ask yourself “what do I need.” It is a push and a pull, the both/andYour standards for what you need change daily. Just because you are resting and caring for yourself doesn’t mean you have to let your goals go. It just changes the path to get thereBalance- there are many ups and downs that happen at a fast speed. We have to be kind to ourselves and recognize that our needs changeRigidity is not practical. Have to be flexibleHave to be nice to yourself through the process“O my gosh, but I said i was going to do this” (25:55)Self-compassion and kindness to ourselves allows us to change our self talk--if it’s not going as I planned then say to yourself: I’m doing my best, I am human. Instead of being all in or all out- build in time to take stock and see how you are today, what are the boundaries, what’s ok for me today and what is not. Bring this into how you plan.Plan on a shorter term basis because our needs change quickly“Being kind, friendly, supportive and caring to yourself in how we plan, talk to yourself and carry through on that is really a tool. It is something you can keep in your tool belt for life, not just when things are going bad but all the time” (27:18)Shifting self talkNeed to rephrase how we talk to ourselves. Shift it from my struggle to the struggle, shift I can’t do this to “I'm learning how to…”Shift the standards we have of ourselves and be forgiving like how you would be to someone elseThe conversations we have with ourselves tend to be more harsh then what we would ever tell anyone else. We judge ourselves harshly, can you talk to yourself like someone you love?“If you say mean things to a friend, you lose a friend but you’re stuck with yourself so you should make nice... The person you have the most conversations with in your life is yourself...Need to speak to yourself kindly.” (29:55)Live Wired by Dr. David Eagleman: neuroscientist. Most exciting definition of a brain. He describes the brain as a living, breathing, dynamic, and electric fabric. In a concussion the fabric has been pulled, a concussion is a shearing pulling force to the brain. It being electric means that it is changeable. It is the potato head theory, you can always shift and move things around Just like Mr. Potato HeadNeed awareness of self talk to be kind and supportive on the inside--you can’t get it all from the outsideYou can rewire kindness to yourself in how you build your brain and move forward. Being positive requires training. Be forgiving to yourself. You don’t create a new habit right away. We are wired for the negativity bias, it is our brain’s way of keeping us safe (i.e. if you are aware of the big, bad, and ugly, you can protect yourself from ). Your brain is always going to choose a story that keeps you in the same place because it is safe and known. Building a new habit requires celebration when you stick with it, recognition when you’ve fallen off--you can always get back on.Getting through the traumaDo you want to go through the rest of your life saying you can’t do XXX?Can start to slowly reintegrate back in whatever it is that scares you. Doesn’t need to be 0-60. In this episode, we related it to biking which is the activity that Vanessa got injured doingShowing weakness is a shift but serves as a good lesson especially for our kids. It’s ok to show vulnerabilities, be open, and accepting. Kids don’t need to grow up learning they need to be perfect. You can role model positivity and reality. Asking for helpLearn to ask for helpReceive help: feels good to the giverReach out, ask for help, give help, and receive help“By allowing someone else to fill your bucket you are also filling another bucket” (43:25)Pressing the fear boundary. It’s ok to let your guard down once and a while.Allow others in. “It's a very human thing. We are meant to live in connection with others.” (45:17) Wisdom to PCS survivors (47:15)The science around concussion care is evolving so rapidlyResearch online for a concussion care clinician--often found in the rehab world: physical therapists, chiropractors. They look at concussions as treatable, rehabilitable injuriesThey know how to assess where you are and treat itCan still be beneficial years after injuryComplete Concussion Management--train professionals all over North America It’s great to see them right away but you can go any time and you may need to go backIt is never too late to seek treatment and help“It’s never too late! There is always something you can do to change your story!” (49:15)Reach out to those who can help you. Build confidence and get the tools you need to respond to things in a way that is empowering, has potential, and hopeful that you can make changes and move forward (50:55)There is positivity to be had in all of this. Links to any resources mentioned: Thinking of buying one of the books? Click the links we provide here to help support the show!Bounce Back, Reclaim Your Life After a Concussion by Vanessa Woodburn free copy of Bounce Back. Rising Strong by Renee Brown Night of the Gun by David Carr“If you fight for your limitations you get to keep them” (Jim Kwik): find his book Limitless here Dr. Kristen Neff Find her book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself hereLive Wired: The Inside Story of the Ever Changing Brain by Dr. David EaglemanMr. Potato Head, buy one hereComplete Concussion Management Follow Vanessa: Instagram: @vanessa_woodburnFacebook: Vanessa Woodburn Health CoachVanessawoodburn.caEmail: Bounceback@woodburn.caHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via StitcherVisit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe!Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcastFollow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcastFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo
58 minutes | a month ago
Learning to Listen with Susan Gorman, Intuitive Counselor
We have heard from many of you that going through a brain injury has been a lesson in listening to yourself at a fundamental level. Having an invisible injury means you have to rely on what your body and mind are telling you; no one else knows! We all have a voice, an instinct, a gut feeling that guides us in knowing what is right. This is intuition. Intuition is alive in all of us. Susan Gorman, Intuitive Counselor, joins us in this episode to unearth the myths and to teach us how to trust and strengthen the voice that is our intuition. Topics covered:Common misconceptions about intuitionin our society we marginalize intuition...what we believe about it is that: it is rare- many people don’t have it or experience it, if you strongly believe in it you are weird, it is unreliable, if you can’t confirm it with your 5 senses it can’t be real, and it is dangerous or immoral. (3:56)If you prescribe to a system of thinking that “tells” you what to think, intuition isn’t heardIf you believe in a higher power, it helps you to embrace intuition as it puts you more in tune spirituallyIntuitive counseling is coaching people how to listen to and hear their own intuition Hearing intuition over anxiety and fearMost don’t listen to intuition until it is a last resort. Some don’t listen at allIntuition is not really a mental capacity, it uses language and thought but thinking about something and having intuition are two different thingsIntuition and anxiety/fear cannot exist togetherThe things we spend time worrying about don’t usually come to pass. We waste a lot of time and energy on these types of thought patternsTo listen to our intuition we have to stop the grooves we are used to existing in (the gutter ball analogy). We have to learn to stop fear and anxiety and how to “bowl a strike” to begin thinking clearly (11:14)What does Susan do as an intuitive counselor?Life would be easier if we didn’t have bodies or egos. She believes in tapping in and listening to our spiritEmpathy: she feels your thoughts and feelings as if they were her ownSpiritual connection: we are all connected to each other. The “force” is the energy that connects all living things together and she taps into thatClairvoyance: objective clairvoyance--visual images, seeing it as if it was right in front of you. She sees things others do not and it gives her informationShe does not give advice or tell people what is actually going to happen (unless she fees it very strongly)She helps people identify and figure out what information they want to take in or listen toHealthcare and intuitionA true therapeutic relationship with a healthcare provider is one where you feel comfortable and respected saying anything to the providerThe provider should accept you for who you are and listenTrust your instincts about your healthcare provider and your own health.Protecting the Gift by Gavin De Becker...you have to trust yourself and what you are feeling. Systems (healthcare, legal, social, religious, etc) tend to prime us (women especially) to not listen to themselves in an attempt to please others“The body has its own language, it just doesn’t necessarily speak English. We have to learn how to listen” (32:38)Using your intuitionTake the time to stop and listen to yourself: There's an added layer of noise in our lives that stops us from listening to ourselvesTry not to use your intuition as a way to be like “why didn’t I know”Stick to the things you do hear and the things that are loud whether they make sense or not (36:20)Divine timingWe learn from our experiences so experiences will still occurThe aftermath of brain injuryThink of all the lessons learned from the injury. It doesn’t make the injury ok but listen, so much good can come out of it!“I'm sure there are times that feeling vulnerable in the world doesn’t feel like a gift but I’m here to tell you that every brush with our mortality turns us into better people and gives us a much better life” (42:01)The bad times teach us and help us become betterWhen you struggle to hear intuitionBuild in slow time, 5 or 10 minutes a day--drawing, meditationSurrender and say “hey” to spiritualityUse a ritual as a time build a strong spiritual connection i.e. few minutes while doing something you would do anyway to think on and build a connection What is intuition? How do you know if it is?Intuition is not about getting things or stuff. To Susan, that has always fallen flat. The greatest spiritual stories are always about the highest good for the greatest amount of people. When we follow our intuition we will not be the only beneficiary. There’s always a ripple effect. Sometimes it is very direct; other times we are not always around to understand how we helped someone else. Your intuition is always guiding you to the best outcome in any situation but not just for you. It’s not about creating stuff or turning our relationships into commodities. It is really about having a life that is worth living. Even if we are going through hard times, our intuition will be optimizing that experience if we are willing to listen to it (48:30-50:06)Our culture may not take us towards our intuition but our lives do (50:27)After brain injury you don’t have a lot more to lose, some find this time as an opportunity to reset and listen to intuitionTo tap into intuition:Meditate:Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham- a book that teaches us to use exercise and our breathing as a time to meditate. You can’t identify your intuition unless you know how to find the quiet. Intuition 101: a course with Susan that teaches you to identify your intuition. www.susangorman.net Everybody is intuitive. This isn’t something that only some people can do. It is your most natural resource, you just have to learn how to find itYou are well served by inventorying how much anxiety you have in your brain. The more you tolerate anxiety, the less you will be able to hear your intuitionPeople get stuck, Susan is here as a counselor to help you through. Links to any resources mentioned:Protecting the Gift by Gavin De Becker Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham Intuition 101: coming soon! Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.susangorman.net/contact/ Want to connect with Susan?www.susangorman.net to book a session, find courses, read her blog, and learn moreFind Susan on Facebook and Instagram @susangormanintuitive Susan’s Podcast: Everyday Intuition https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/everyday-intuition/id1510968810HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
76 minutes | 2 months ago
Survivor Story: Thriver, Survivor, Fighter! Life with Brain Cancer with Ruth Kavanagh
Have you ever tried to tell your story while in the middle of it? Seeing the light and lessons can be challenging in hindsight let alone while living it. Ruth Kavanagh who is currently fighting, surviving, and thriving with brain cancer shares her message of hope, courage, and strength in the midst of metastasis. She is a true warrior advocating for others even while she is in the throes of her own treatment. Our souls were touched and tissues were wet during this recording. Be prepared for tears, laughs, goosebumps, and inspiration. We caution you that this is an emotionally powerful episode, please be in a safe space while listening. In this episode:Traumatic vs. Acquired Brain InjuryTraumatic- from an outside injury or force, i.e. car crash, hitting head, concussionAcquired- an internal factor, i.e. lack of oxygen, aneurysm, stroke, infection, brain tumorRuth Kavanaugh’s storyThriver, survivor, fighter! Listen to your body, it will tell you if something is wrongAnaplastic Ependymoma: one of the rarest forms of brain tumor, only about 2% of brain tumors are this type. It is cancerous and extremely aggressive. Because it is so rare there is little research or treatment options.Ruth set her mind that she will get through thisIf you go online, make sure it is a reputable site (see below for suggestions)Radiation therapyCaused extreme fatigueLife after treatment: too tired to do anything and left to your own thoughts. Can be a very dark time. Taking care of your emotional and mental healthRemove the stigma. There is zero harm in seeing a counselor. Only good will come from it. You’ve got nothing to lose!Important to “date around” and find a counselor/psychiatrist who is the right fitThe cancer chaos“Scan-xiety” is a real thing. Cancer survivors, you are not alone when you feel anxious about upcoming scansRecurrence More discussions in tumor boards, consultations, surgeries, and therapiesStereotactic radiotherapyAvastin- side effects bleeding and prevention of wound healingInfectionLoss during hard timesRevisional surgeriesMetastasis, only 25 cases known in the world that spread the way Ruthie’s hasMore chemoLessons for healthcare professionals: listen to your patient, don’t make pre-judgements, be very cognizant of where the patient is now rather than basing all judgement on your past experience with the patient, sitting with a patient lowers the power divide (standing over a patient is very intimidating and strengthens a patriarchal model of care), respect the person as a person (not just a condition)Self-advocacy is advocacy for those who don’t have a voice. By standing up, telling your story, and advocating for better care; you can serve to stand up for those who can’t do it for themselves and help others. “I'm tired, but there is hope!”Strength, courage, and hope through extended trauma“There’s always hope. It doesn’t necessarily mean that there is going to be a magical cure. Look for it in the little things.” Hope can be finally being able to eat real food, getting out of bed, hoping for peace and being surrounded by loved onesFind your tribe--find someone who has been through your experienceTo get connected with others and reputable resources: National Brain Tumor Society, American Brain Tumor Association, First Descents- free camps for young adults with brain tumors or MSEpic Experience: cancer camp for adultsAmerican Cancer Society:https://www.cancer.org/Connect with the social worker in the hospital or cancer center to get more resourcesLinks to any resources mentionedBrain Injury Association of America: https://www.biausa.org/ National Brain Tumor Society: https://braintumor.org/ National Institute of Health (NIH): https://www.nih.gov/ American Brain Tumor Association: https://www.abta.org/ First Descents: https://firstdescents.org/Epic Experience: https://www.epicexperience.org/American Cancer Society:https://www.cancer.org/To find Ruthie: www.braincancerbabe.comTwitter: @braincancerbabeInstagram: @braincancer_babeHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
The Headache Nutritionist with Susannah Juteau, M. Sc. RD.
Many of our speakers have alluded to the effects that nutrition has had on their recovery. If you’re like us, you want to learn more but don't know where to turn. This. Episode. Is. It! Susannah Juteau, the Headache Nutritionist, schools us on dietary approaches to headaches, migraines, post-concussive syndrome, and mental health. Do you think this means that you need to follow a super, restrictive elimination diet?? Susannah teaches us a different approach and gives practical advice on how to improve our diets. Listen and learn with us! Topics covered:Susannah’s survivor story and path to nutritional approaches for migrainesSolving headaches requires focus on 3 pillars:SleepStress NutritionNutrition is only part of the solution“A healthy diet doesn’t mean a headache-free diet”Anti-inflammatory diet to treat migraines and headachesMigraines are an inflammatory conditionIt’s not a quick fix. Migraine and headache treatment require an interdisciplinary approach. Work with your practitioners on what they specialize in, advocate for the right people on your teamWhat to expect when seeing Susannah, the headache nutritionistMicro-nutrient assessmentTiming of eating, what are you eatingDiagnostic test: the mediator release test, tells the specific foods that cause inflammation in YOUGoal of treatment is to calm the immune systemTypical approach is to have an elimination diet which is very restrictive. Susannah offers something different. Her approach using the mediator release test allows you to target specific foods to remove rather than whole categories of foodsElimination diets can take a year and may not hit the nail on the head as well as using a mediator release testHow do you know that inflammation is a problem?MigrainesChronic headachesIBSIndigestionMood, irritabilityPoor sleepHigh stressFemales’ hormones and stress response make females more susceptibleMost common food culprits for inflammationProcessed foodsDyesChemicalsMSGWhat to eat:Focus on brightly colored whole foodsTo make this easy: Frozen vegetables and fruits are oftentimes more fresh than what’s in the produce section meaning they are more healthy. They are easy to grab, already cut up, and make a great addition to any meal. Fish: omega-3 fatty acids are essential. Fish is quick and easy to make, bakes in 20 minutes!AnchoviesCodOystersMackerelSardinesSalmon Clams--canned is good too!! Great source of iron.Big bad wolves in nutrition: dairy, gluten, sugar. You might not need to cut them or eliminate every food in each category!! The mediator release test will guide what needs to be removed. Common elimination diets cut all gluten, sugar, and dairy as they are often reactive for people. With Susannah’s approach you cut these for the 14 days while waiting for the mediator response test results. This calms the immune system and inflammation. Once results are back, you can cut the specific culprits for you and see how you feel. This approach is more sustainable because you don’t need to cut whole groups of food.Nutrition is highly personal. See a nutritionist that can do the mediator response test5 nutrients for chronic headaches and migraines1. Omega-3. Fish at least 2 times a week. Fish more than meat. Eating fish is best as it primes the digestive system to be able to break down the fatty acids. Supplementation may not work as well if you are not eating fish because your gut is not primed.2. Vitamin D: This is one that you need to supplement. Shitake mushrooms and fortified milk are food sources but don’t contain enough. Dont assume that since you live in a sunny area that you get enough. Most of us are covered up when we are out in the sun and get little, if any vitamin D from the sun.Take in the morning. Taking vitamin D at night can negatively impact your sleep because it binds with melatonin3. Vitamin B-2: nutritional yeast, meats, supplementationNutritional yeast tastes a little like cheese. Sprinkle on vegetables or kale chips4. Magnesium, type matters; both of these types are good:Magnesium glycinate--better for stress or anxiety, calms the nervesMagnesium citrate--cheaper, easier to digest. Good overall.Migraine prone brains don’t absorb magnesium as well Make sure to get food sources of magnesium and supplementation. The combo approach is best:Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, spinach (especially cooked)Epsom salt baths give an extra boost but we are not sure how much you absorb this way. Should always include nutritional sources5. Co-enzyme Q10: especially researched in heart disease.Supplementation: 400 mg daily is usually enoughDietary sources: organ meatsLook for supplements that are third party tested so that you are sure that you are getting what you pay for. 5 Nutrients for Post Concussive Syndrome: focus is on brain healing and getting enough energy through food. The brain requires high energy to heal especially in the first few months.1. Omega-32. Vitamin D3. PolyphenolsBrightly colored fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices. Any plant sourced food that is really bright likely has some. Turmeric, blueberries, dark grapes, all berries, peanutsGoal is to includes something at least everydayThe more color on the plate the better. 8-10 servings a dayTip: look at your plate, aim for 4 different colors on each plate every day4. Creatine: very important for brain function and neuroprotection: think cognitive fatigue and brain fog. It helps with energy stores in the brain. Found as supplements. 5. Probiotics and prebioticsYogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha (look at the labels for low sugar/low cane sugar options. If it tastes like juice it's probably too sugary)Kombucha is a nice fizzy drink that can substitute for alcohol in social situationsHigh fiber foods have prebioticsLeaky gut“The gut is a direct cable from the brain to the gut” and visa versa via the vagus nerveIf our gut is off our brain is off and visa versaIf we aren’t eating a diverse diet than our gut is not healthyNeed to get more plant foods and color on the plate (fruits and vegetables) to increase gut healthLeaky gut: what is it? At least 70% of the population (up to 90%) are dealing with this. The connections in our gut become loose with leaky gut. Diet helps get those junctions tight back together. Inflammation is the culprit for loose connections. Need healthy eating, diversity in the diet, and the nutrients above. Skin rashes are also an inflammatory condition caused by leaky gutSmart eating tips for mental health. Fruits and vegetablesHave lots of color on the plateUse lots of herbs and spices in your foodIt’s ok if you have a down day with food. It’s more about the overall pictureOmega-3sWhen you’re having a good day, write down all your favorite fruits and vegetables. On low motivation days and days your diet is in a rut, look at this list for ideas of what to add. Sometimes we get out of the habit. Have frozen and prepared vegetables at the ready to make it easy and quick. You can freeze squash and kale. Canned pumpkin can be added to oatmealKey takeaways: Eat the rainbow and Eryn is going to try a sardine :). Tailor a solution to you. Work with a qualified nutritionist to figure out what you need (you probably don’t need to take a million supplements and your body can’t absorb them all if you are)Find Susannah Juteau on Facebook and Instagram: @headachenutritionistHer website is https://headachenutritionist.com/
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Survivor Story: Hope, Humor, and Inspiration with Holly Kostrzewski
If you have been struggling with putting it all back together post brain injury, this is the episode to listen to! Holly Kostrzewski is a veteran brain injury survivor 21-years out. She uses her experiences to provide encouragement and advice to others experiencing the aftereffects. This episode provides heartwarming inspiration and support for anyone in the throes of recovery. It is a MUST listen!Bulleted list of topics covered:Female Brain Injuries-- all the research until recently has been done on male brains. Female hormone cycles affect how we respond to the injury and healHolly’s survivor storyMotor vehicle accidents are not accidents. They are predictable events due to a cause i.e. you run the stop sign and it causes a crash; the correct term is motor vehicle crash. Calling it an accident diminishes the event to something random. It’s important to determine the causeNeuropsych testing: everyone should have it. It gives a baseline and things to work onThe first five years are the hardestHolly uses a combination of Eastern and Western medicine: craniosacral therapy for pain, kinesiology chiropractor, anti-inflammatory diet and supplementationNutrition and brain injuries: you need to research what will work for you. No two injuries are alike. Some ideas to research for yourself:Limit caffeineClean dietRemove inflammatory foodsSome with epilepsy find keto helpfulResources: Funk’tional Nutrition podcast and Adventures in Brain injury podcast (see resources section below for links)Safety net support systemFatigue, being overwhelmed, poor instincts, mental health, and grief all affect the brain injured person’s safety. Survivors may think they are fine but they need someone watching out for themGrief and depression post injuryIt’s ok to be sad after your injury. Something terrible happened!Medications don’t address the cause of the symptomsGrief is an upward spiral and you never know when it is going to hit you. Grief therapyBereavement overloadThe first five years after injury, you are still acute and trying figure it all outBrain injury symptoms and the grief get diminished. People without brain injuries may try to commiserate with you saying that they have headaches, feel down, and are tired too not realizing how different it is for youTo overcome you need to have an abundance of gratitude and grace for yourself. Find the small victories. Celebrate you! Look at where you were at the beginning of the injury compared to now--you have done hard things and overcome!!!There is a difference between disappointing and devastating events. Brain injuries are devastating!Dealing with the struggleGive yourself graceKeep a positive attitudeMake a plan with goals that you can work on dailyGoogle the lobes of the brain to understand what each part does. It will help you understand your injury and the symptoms you experience Functional medicine or functional neurology could be helpfulRemove alcohol (it lowers your seizure threshold and all brain injury survivors are at higher risk for seizures)Try taking out gluten and sugar and see how you feelTBI: Truly Brave IndividualDevaluation of feelingsYou’ll get through the feelings; its ok to feel themMusicGet a theme song. No matter how bad it is, pull up the song and dance it outHolly’s motivational speaking and journey to her traffic safety career“Brain injury, the gift that keeps on giving” ~Cathy CrimminsBe mindful with how you sit in your injury. Your brain injury is your story but doesn’t need to become youHope, Humor, and Inspiration: Holly is available to book for speaking events; see the link to her website and social media below Links to any resources mentionedBrain Injury Medical Provider: “Women vs. Brain Injury”: https://issuu.com/braininjuryprofessional/docs/bip_september_2020/4Pink Concussions: Facebook group for females with brain injuries Funk’tional Nutrition Podcast: https://www.erinholthealth.com/funktional-nutrition-podcastAdventures in Brain Injury:Think First: https://www.thinkfirst.org/ Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury by Cathy CrimminsHolly Kostrzewski: find her on Facebook and Instagram: @HopeHumorInspiration and https://www.hopehumorinspiration.com/ HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
2020 Recap: Chatting with Mariah and Eryn
In this episode, Mariah and Eryn give you a peek into who they are, where they are at in their brain injury recovery journeys, and all their favorite binges from 2020. Get to know your hosts and some of the books, podcasts, shows, and food that got them through this year. In This Episode:Mariah and Eryn talk about where they are at in their brain injury recovery journiesWading through the traumaMental healthLessons learned this yearResources for recoveryMy Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power by Lisa Mosconi, Ph. D.The Passion Planner https://passionplanner.com/ Joanne Soucy: https://h4hp.org/Brainstorm: From Stroke to my Trusting Place by Joanne M. SusiFavorite Books this YearThe Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany HaddishThe Henna Artist by Alka JoshiSuch a Fun Age by Keily ReidStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. KendiAmerican Gods by Neil GaimanUntamed by Glennon DoyleFavorite PodcastsEverything Happens by Kate BowlerFaces of TBINeuroNerdsLife With No FilterMy Brain Injured FriendSlow BurnMichelle Obama PodcastEveryday IntuitionAnxiety Coaches PodcastFavorite ShowsDead to MeThe Queen's GambitShrillMTV’s The ChallengeQueer EyeThe Flight Attendant Love LifeWorkoutsObe https://obefitness.com/Running (app): Couch to 5K programBoho Beautiful https://www.youtube.com/user/cexercize/videosFood ObsessionsHoliday ObsessionsHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Holistic Care through Chiropractic Neurology with Dr. Taylor Eaves, DC
Why do silos show up so much in healthcare? Aren’t they meant for holding grain on farms?? Today we talk with Dr. Taylor Eaves who teaches us all about chiropractic neurology. This specialty looks at the whole person; the physical, the physiologic, and the cognitive to see how each system is affecting the other and creating a problem. They use this information to create a plan that addresses your individualized needs. Treatments are multimodal using a wide combination of therapies to get you back from your brain injury. This is not your traditional crack your back and send you on your way. If you’re looking for someone willing to consider how all your systems work together (rather than looking at each individually), a chiropractic neurologist may be for you!In this episode:What is chiropractic neurology?Ties the physiology, mental, and physical aspects of recovery together They typically see chronic conditions or symptoms post concussion or brain injuryWhat makes chiropractic neurology different?They test the eyes, cognition, and balance; do brain mapping, and combine the many findings into what your brain and body are outputting.Can these outputs be changed? What are the deficiencies? They use this information to make an individualized treatment plan.Chiropractic neurologists look at all the components together rather than in a siloDon’t accept an answer of “this is as good as it gets; there’s nothing we can do.” There’s likely more to be doneBrain injuries disrupt the connections (axons) between nerves. Your brain will compensate but these compensations do not always lead to smooth function. The goal of chiropractic neurology is to find the area of initial trauma and the compensations the body/brain has made for that and treat it all to make the body work as efficiently as possibleTypes of treatments offered: neurofeedback, physical therapy, neurofacilitation, hyperbarics, context specific exercises (training that mimics the goal activity)It is not a crack to the spine and send you on your way!More on hyperbaric chambers: provides oxygen to promote healingMetabolic and autonomic functionBrain injured patients can have trouble regulating automatic functions in the body. Dr. Eaves tracks the heart rate responses (metabolic activity) while challenging a patient to see where their metabolic and autonomic thresholds are. Not pushing beyond a threshold prevents a patient from crashing--have to work within the boundaries to improve themDo I need a chiropractic neurologist? Some things they treat (not all inclusive, they see most anything!): Dizziness, balance issues, severe fatigue, ongoing symptoms, strokes (should try to see as early as possible), headache, post concussive syndromeDr. Eaves recommends a care team of functional medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractic neurology to provide a holistic approach to brain healingAge is not a limiting factor! Any age can be helped with chiropractic neurology Links to any resources mentionedHow to find chiropractic neurologists: Visit the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology website https://www.acnb.org/ --doctor finder tab, this shows diplomate level practitioners meaning they have had 300 hours + of specialized trainingFind Dr. Eaves on Instagram: @dr.e_neurochiroThe Southwest Brain Performance Centers: https://swbrainpc.com/ HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Your Spin Doctor, Vestibular Therapy with Emily Beus, DPT
“As long as the world is spinning, we are going to be dizzy and we are going to make mistakes.” Thanks, Mel Brooks, but today’s speaker tells us the mistake is not seeking treatment for the dizziness. In this episode, vestibular therapist Dr. Emily Beus DPT, teaches us about different causes and treatments for the spins, the lightheadedness, or the rocking boat feeling that you’ve been living with (unless of course you actually live on a boat, she can’t help you with that). Join us and learn how to get your head to stop spinning! Covered in today’s show:Check in with Mariah and Eryn: What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in your brain injury?What is the vestibular system? A sensory system that provides our brain information about motion and spatial orientation. It maintains our balance, movement, and posture. Vestibular Rehab: a physical therapy specialty What to expect with vestibular rehab:Give a history: really important to describe your dizziness--Lightheaded? Faint? Spinning? Off balance? Rocking? Swaying? Floating? Eyes aren’t tracking right? You might have all of them!Your therapist will help guide the conversation to help you identify what your symptoms are; it can be hard to find the words but don’t worry they will help youYour symptoms guide the therapist to what the cause is and what needs to be worked onPeripheral nervous system issues: BPPV: Benign Paroxysmal Positional VertigoPositions such as rolling, bending, or looking up gives the sensation of vertigoYou don’t need to avoid your triggers for vertigo, see a therapist!! They can fix it (and it usually doesn’t take long). Sometimes you’re fixed that day!Mechanical problem in your inner ear: the “crystals” are out of placeTreatment involves laying you in a position that triggers symptoms and then moving the head around to move the “crystals” into a better spotYou can be premedicated to help with symptoms if moving into the position is scary to you--work with your doctor and therapist to arrange thisCentral nervous system issuesOcular motor function: looks at how your eyes are moving. Depending on what your eyes do determines if it is a peripheral or central nervous system issueNystagmusBalance assessment: standing still and with walkingDamage to the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls balance, is treatable but takes longerAcquired Brain Injuries (an injury that happens without a knock to the head or an trauma)Dizziness might be from blood pressure issues (orthostatic hypotension)Therapy strategies to work with the changes caused in your brainTreatment may be slowerTreatment focuses on strategies on how to be safeTalk to your provider and get an order for physical therapy: great doctors to have on your team are neurologists, PMNR physiatrist; Ear, Nose, Throat doctor (VMG testing that assess the eye movements more in-depth)Check out these resources!: www.vestibular.org (VEDA)Logs that are free to print for tracking symptoms, medications, foods, etcwww.neuropt.orgLots of educational resources written for patientsQuestions? Want to connect? Find Emily on Instagram @DrEmilyBeusPT HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Survivor Story: When the Headache Doesn’t Go Away...Occipital Neuralgia with Kayla Smock
You are the unfortunate recipient of an injury that caused whiplash, concussion, and persistent concussion symptoms (PCS). You do all the physical, vestibular, and vision therapy but the symptoms persist. You experience a constant headache with zapping pain that goes from the back to the front of your head. You’ve tried migraine treatments, you’ve seen specialist after specialist, but nothing helps. Sound like you? Join us in this episode as we learn more about occipital neuralgia (ON) from the founder of the Occipital Neuralgia Foundation, Kayla Smock! Learn more, and find hope and support at www.ONFsupport.org; on facebook at Occipital Neuralgia Foundation; and on Instagram at Occipital.neuralgia. Covered in this episode: Occipital Neuralgia Foundation: The mission is to raise awareness in the medical community and public about ON and to foster research on ON. The foundation focuses on providing an online community to support and educate. They are working on establishing connections in the medical community to pursue research. Social media accounts and the website focus on sharing resources, survivor stories, education, and most importantly providing light and positivity to those with ON.3 in 100,000 people have Occipital Neuralgia diagnosed, likely there are many more but it is not readily diagnosed or broadly known about in the medical community Symptoms: People with ON have constant headaches that do not improve with treatment characterized by a zapping pain from the back of the head to front of the head. They may also have pain down the arms, blurry vision, and eye fatigueTreatment: headache medications, injections: botox, nerve blocks, or trigger point; nerve decompression surgery, radio frequency ablation, nerve excision, neuro-stimulator implant Advice to those going through ON: connect with others who have what you do (see links below), keep advocating for yourself and find a provider who will listen. Doctors are humans, not every doctor knows everything; it's ok to find one that knows about what you’re going through. Have a support person to help you advocate. The Foundation is IN SEARCH OF medical providers and researchers interested in finding a cure. Please contact the Occipital Neuralgia Foundation at ONFsupport.orgLinks to resources:www.ONFsuppport.orgFacebook: Occipital Neuralgia FoundationInstagram: @occipital.neuralgia HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Researching Brain Injuries with Paige Martin, Ph. D.
Mice. They aren’t just the scurrying creatures who’ve made a home in your attic. Their contributions to the brain injury community are substantial. In this episode, we learn how scientists research brain injuries and develop new therapies to prevent some of the devastating effects. Listen to our talk with Paige Martin, Ph. D. in biomedical science who gives us an introduction into the research and genetics of brain injuries. What goes on behind the scenes with brain injury research gives us hope for future treatments and lesser long term effects. Topics covered in this episode:The relationship between head injury and neurodegenerative diseasesMouse models in the research of traumatic brain injury, diffuse axonal injuries, cerebral hemorrhages, strokesWhat do we learn from mouse model research?How the brain responds to injuryWhat biochemically needs to be turned on or off to promote healingTherapeutics that could be helpful for brain injury and healingGenetics and their role in the healing brain: personalized precision medicineGenetics and predicting the effects of brain injuriesTargeted therapies based on personalized geneticsCurrent research on brain injury Atorvastatin (Lipitor)Medicine to reverse short term memory deficits in concussions and repetitive head traumas
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Survivor Story: Inspiration Through Action with Chris Dittrich
Eryn and Mariah interview fellow survivor, Chris Dittrich, who suffered from a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car crash during his senior year of high school. Early on, his family used a white board posted in his rehab room to post basic reminders (where you are, what happened, goal for day, etc) when memory is poor. The most important message on that whiteboard: KEEP MOVING FORWARD! Chris credits his brain injury with teaching him to be open with everyone around him and comfortable approaching others for help. Chris teaches us that setting manageable goals and achieving them builds confidence. He uses videos on social media to be able to look back and see achievement. Chris believes strongly in being an inspiration to others through actions- showing others that they too can make incredible progress and be a positive influence on others and the world.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
You’re not Crazy! Concussion Treatment with Matt Campbell of the Midwest Concussion Clinic
In today’s episode we go deep into the world of all things concussion. Concussions are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries but because imaging can’t “prove” that there is damage, it can turn into one of the most lonely. Good news is, YOU’RE NOT CRAZY! What you’re feeling is real. And it can be treated! It’s not normal to wake up feeling dizzy, foggy, in pain, and off balance every day. Join us today as we talk with Matt Campbell, clinical director at the Midwest Concussion Clinic. Matt provides hope and in-depth knowledge on concussions, PCS, and its treatment. There is an end in sight!In today’s episode, we cover:Concussions: the treatment has changed over the last 18 months--hint, it’s done a 180!Sit and rest in dark rooms for 2 weeks leads to a longer recovery and is a disservice to your recoverySymptoms of a concussion: headache, dizziness, fogginess, balance issuesConcussions need evaluation by a concussion specialistComponents of a concussion evaluationSACT 5, golden standard for immediate diagnosisVOMS assessment, tells them the mostModified Clinical Balance TestTreatment for concussions Psychological effects of concussionsHow return to activity decisions are madeThe insurance aspects of getting care through an athletic trainer: the concussion specialistWorker’s Comp and concussion treatmentEarly treatment is crucialPCS: Post Concussion Syndrome or Persistent Concussion Symptoms?20% of concussions have prolonged symptomsWho’s most at risk: females 18-34 y/o likely due to hormone shifts with females’ cyclesResearch on concussionsTreatment of PCS Relies on the underlying cause 5 main causes of PCS: decreased blood flow to the brain, soft tissue injury to the cervical spine, vestibular-ocular relationship (visual therapy), inflammation, psychological aspectsYou’re not crazy!! What you’re feeling is real.Helmets: skull fracture protection not concussion protectionModifications to make to live with concussion and PCSBrain injuries are the ultimate lesson in learning how to listen to your brainThe healthcare system in general may gas-light concussions. There is hope!! There is treatment! Caring practitioners who will help you are out there!!Integrated approaches and other treatments for PCS: PRTMS, neuropsych testing, neurology, vestibular therapyTo find Matt Campbell or to ask any questions, reach out on:InstagramFacebook TwitterMWConcussion@gmail.comQuotable quotes: "Concussion treatment has changed...The goal of concussion treatment is to get back to activity as quickly and safely as possible.""The definition of post concussive syndrome is changing to persistent concussion symptoms. PCS is not something separate from a concussion and its prolonged symptoms. The definition for PCS is symptoms that are lasting longer than 2 weeks in adults and 30 days in adolescents. 80% of the time the brain heals itself. 20% of cases have prolonged symptoms." "You’re not crazy!! What you’re feeling is real. And it can be treated!""Work with your brain, not against it. Your brain will always win." "Don’t suffer in silence. It’s not normal to wake up feeling bad after a concussion. There is help!"HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Thinking Therapy! with Emily Overbaugh, Speech Language Pathologist
Brain fog. Trouble concentrating. Difficulty planning and organizing. Trouble with problem solving. Memory issues. Word finding challenges. These are just a few of the symptoms after a brain injury. We have therapy to help us get back to walking and doing our daily activities but who rehabs our thinking and how our brains work after an injury?? In today’s episode we delve deep into the world of Speech Language Pathology (SLP) with therapist Emily Overbaugh of Thrive Speech Pathology. She teaches us the instrumental role speech pathologists have in treating the “invisible” parts of our injuries. Join us as we talk about all things thinking-related and how we can recover this crucial part of our brains!! In this episode we cover:When in your course of injury you start speech therapyWhat speech therapy addressesHow you know you need speech therapy. Below are a few symptoms SLP helps with:Fogginess and cognitive fatigueMemory issuesDifficulty with attentionWord finding issues and trouble conversingExecutive function difficulty (ability to plan, organize, and set goals)Cognition, communication, or swallowing issuesProblem solving difficultiesTasks taking longer than usualGetting a cognitive baselineThe relationship between attention and memoryThe role of speech pathologistsStrategies: Goal, plan, do, reviewReduce environmental distractions Plan your time Take breaks and restEvaluate your performance and how it could have gone betterReturn to work strategiesTechnology that will help you (hint: use your smartphone)Advice for caregivers of brain injured people: it’s a family injury!Recognizing brain fatigue and what to do about itUnderstanding your own boundaries: learning how you think and acting on thisComing to terms with your “new normal”Final thoughts: self advocacyfind providers you really connect withdealing with the “shoulds,” “I should be able to do this,” “people say I’m fine, so shouldn’t I be?”--trust your instinctsrest/activity balance--strike a healthy balanceLinks resources from this episode: AnyList: https://www.anylist.com/Todoist: https://todoist.comGoogle calendar: https://www.google.com/calendarAmerican Speech and Hearing Website for a list of providers and their specialities in your area: https://www.asha.org/To follow Emily Overbaugh: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivespeechpath/ Website: https://www.thrivespeechpathology.com/Quotes from the show:Every patient is so different, therapy is individualized based on symptoms.The role of a speech pathologist is to delve into the underlying difficulty that you have on a daily basis. That patient knows themself the best. They know if they don’t quite feel like themselves. If you feel this way and haven’t met with a speech therapist yet, you should consider it. Speech therapy is an umbrella term...Speech therapy is thinking therapy...They teach thinking skills.Think about things you want to do with more forethought than you did before. Learn from your experiences and adjust as needed. Be gentle with yourself. This [injury] is not your fault. It happened to you. You are your own best advocate.You can get to the same goal that you had before. It just may be a different path to get there. Meet yourself where you are at. It’s ok to leave a provider and seek someone you click with better. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Survivor Story: Rebuilding After a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage with Eryn Martin
Subarachnoid hemorrhage. It’s a mouthful and it sounds terrifying. Join host Eryn Martin as she talks about the subarachnoid hemorrhage that she experienced in May of 2020 in the midst of the US Covid quarantine. Out of nowhere, Eryn was struck by an uncontrollable headache and vomiting after completing an at-home workout. After being rushed to the hospital, she was told by neurologists that she had suffered from a perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage, meaning that she had experienced a spontaneous venous rupture in her brain. Eryn was rushed from her local hospital in New Hampshire to the neurological intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she spent seven days recovering. Eryn talks about her time in the hospital, her return home, what her recovery journey has been like, and the hurdles and surprises along the way.HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Survivor Story: It’s a Miracle to be Alive...So Why do I Feel This Way? with Mariah Morgan
Our. First. Episode!! Join us for the premiere of the Making Headway Podcast as we learn more about our hosts and what brought them to share with you. We begin our series with Mariah’s harrowing traumatic brain injury recovery journey after being hit by a car while walking to work. This trauma caused a subdural hematoma with a skull fracture. She was placed in a medically induced coma and needed mechanical ventilation for a short time. Her doctors told her it’s a miracle that she is alive. So why did this happen?? Why did it not always feel so joyful? Join us on Mariah’s road to recovery where we take time to talk about mental health struggles post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) and lessons learned with the destination of her improved state of mind and a better way of living. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via StitcherVisit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
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