The brain is still a medical mystery. After brain injury, medical intervention is often crucial to survival and to preserving brain function, but when it comes to healing and restoring function once you are stable, that’s largely done by the brain itself, not by doctors. Neuroscience is constantly evolving. We learn more everyday about how the brain works, how it heals, and how to help it heal.
Although we now know that adults generate new brain cells after brain injury, whether those new cells contribute to improved function and what role they play in brain healing is still being studied. What we do know is that the brain creates new neural pathways, essentially delegating tasks once performed by the damaged part of the brain to parts of the brain that still work. This reorganization is how we regain function after brain injury, and it can take a long time for the brain cells to learn their new jobs and how to work together.
Resting Your Body and Your Mind
Both physical and mental activities tax the brain. If lying around playing video games or reading a book is your idea of rest, you need to know it’s not rest for the brain. And while working out or doing the dishes may be mindless activities, you’ll need to avoid those too because you need to rest your body. The current thinking is to heal your brain, you must rest your body and your mind.
However, it is worth noting that new research in mice indicates the thinking may change and that immediately stimulating the brain to perform the tasks that the damaged or destroyed area once performed may restore function more quickly.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, in New Hampshire or Vermont, as a result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, the Cole Law Office is here to help. Please call us today at (800) 909-LAWS (5297) or email us to schedule your free consultation.