During this conversation, Melissa and I talk about mental health and concussion. She shares her insights about concussion recovery and mental health. She is such a wonderful resource for concussion information and hope! There’s always something that you can do according to this brain expert.
Melissa Biscardi is a Registered Nurse and osteopathic therapist. She calls herself a brain crusader. Her practice and research focuses on concussion treatment and brain optimization.
She is the founder of Concussion Rehab Lab and Brain Tool Kit Concussion Rehab Lab is her clinic space for patients and an online group for clinicians who want to learn more about concussion management from a non pharmacological approach. The Brain tool kit is an affordable, easy to use app that patients can use on their own or with a clinician for eye exercises, concentration, memory and word recall.
Things we discussed:
Make sure that you are laying the foundation for recovery. Make sure that you are getting rest and the body knows how to rest. Cells need nutrients, oxygen, stimulation, and rest. Go for walks, stay in nature, and support your mental health. She recommends yoga nidra (meditation).
Work with someone who will work with you on your path. See someone right away! We used to think you had to rest, but it’s safe to ride a bike or walk after 48 hours. Early intervention is associated with faster recovery. If you are intolerant with exercise it gives more information about being strategic in your recovery.
Movement is medicine, try to move daily. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. It’s not flashy, but it works!
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