A violent blow to the body or head is one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Serious cases of TBI can result to physical damage to the brain. As we all know, the brain controls everything that the body does, such that when there is damage, long-term complication or even death may result.
One cutting-edge approach that promises to dramatically improve the brain functions, especially for those who suffer from TBI, is called the Anat Baniel Method. Move 2 Improve Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides outpatient rehabilitation to those with TBI, uses this science-based approach to transform the lives of children and adults by helping them cope with the pain and eventually move beyond their limitations.
The Anat Baniel Method improves brain functions through movement exercises and the Nine Essentials. According to Anat, these Nine Essentials give the brain quality information to allow it to operate more coherently. They help in guiding both the mind and body so that they are able to function better and with coordination.
Backed by neuroscience, the method uses gentle movements, which were designed to help the brain grow. It is important to understand that once a person suffers trauma or injury, the person becomes different. That is, the brain has to learn again new patterns for the old ones do not work anymore. The Anat Baniel Method recognizes the brain’s ability to re-learn, change, and eventually grow new patterns and connections.
A Living Proof
Sean Entin, the founder of Move 2 Improve Foundation, is one proof that the brain that suffered serious trauma can be re-programmed. In 2011, Sean suffered a massive stroke. His brain swelled and doctors had to perform a craniectomy to stop the swelling. After the surgery, his vision, hearing, and speech were abnormal. He could not recognize the faces of his family. He could not read or write or even tell time. His road to recovery was very long. He underwent therapy, went to a rehabilitation center, and started home health rehabilitation. He had to re-learn everything. It was also an expensive re-learning process.
Sean witnessed first hand the difficulty of recovering from a TBI. Through his foundation, he seeks to help people who suffer from this injury to go back to the life they used to live.