Resources

Resources

Migraines

Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent disorder in the world, and they are more prevalent in women than in men. Migraines are considered a primary brain disorder that are characterized by recurrent attacks of head pain associated with autonomic nervous system...

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a lifelong neurological condition that disrupts the development of movement and posture, causing limitations in normal function. CP affects approximately 17 million people across the globe, a prevalence of approximately 2 in every 100 births....

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Calming the Nervous System

Pain has a way of overtaking the brain, and at times you may feel it is all you can think about. Your pain might be so unbearable that it makes a simple task, such as folding laundry, seem daunting.

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Trauma

Special credit to Julie Carlson (MSW, RCSW) What is trauma? Psychological trauma can be defined as experiences that overwhelm an individual’s capacity to cope. Trauma is common. 3/4 Canadians will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime. 1/10 Canadians will...

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Let’s talk about concussions

Summary of a presentation at VGH on April 4, 2018 by Registered Physiotherapist Tori Etheridge (Arca) BKin MPT, and Registered Kinesiologist Nicole Strachan BHK, MSc. From The Balance Sheet: Quarterly BC Balance and Dizziness Newsletter. Read the issue in full here....

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Helping Others Understand Your Invisible Illness

An invisible illness is one that is unseen to the naked eye. People in pain often have a difficult time explaining their pain to loved ones because, on the outside, they still look the same. Without any obvious signs of physical injury (such as a cast, using walking aids or having visible scars) it may be difficult for people to understand that there is still something serious happening inside of your body.

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Pain, Yoga and the Brain

Chronic pain is linked to our minds through emotions, memory, experiences and mood, and in this way, a form of exercise that targets both the mind and body simultaneously can prove to be extremely beneficial for chronic pain. Yoga is one example of an effective pain-reducing exercise, as it does just that – it exercises both the mind and body.

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New to Yoga? Here’s How You Can Start

You may have heard of the numerous health benefits associated with yoga, and perhaps you’re open to trying a class but not sure where to start. Not all types of yoga are beneficial for people living with chronic pain. Getting started with the right type of class, and setting realistic expectations will ensure you reap the intended benefits of yoga for chronic pain and its connection to the brain.

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Stroke

A stroke occurs when there is a loss of blood flow to any part of the brain, causing tissue damage in that area. This can occur in two ways: blockage of a blood vessel due to a clot (ischemic stroke), or bleeding into brain tissue due to a broken or ruptured artery (hemorrhagic stroke).

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder that attacks the linings of the nerves cells (myelin sheath) in the brain and spinal cord, impacting the ability of the central nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a group of neurodegenerative diseases. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain.

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Neuroplasticity

Our brain is made up of multiple connections, think of it as multiple wires (neurons) that are connected to each other to communicate messages. After an injury to the brain, some of these connections can become damaged.

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The Vestibular System

The vestibular system is composed of an apparatus located in the inner ear. It is a sensory system that helps you maintain your balance. This system is key for providing information regarding motion of the body/head and spatial orientation.

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Concussion

A concussion is an injury to the brain that can cause a temporary disruption to how the brain is functioning. They can be caused either directly (e.g. a hit to the head) or indirectly (e.g. an insult to the body that transfers force to the head). This force to the head causes the brain to move within the skull.

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Persistent Pain

Pain that lasts for more than three to six months is considered to be chronic pain. One in five people suffer from chronic pain, and more than half of these individuals may have had pain for more than 10 years.

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Handouts

Sleep Hygiene

Download Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic’s handout on sleep hygiene to create healthy habits for better sleep.

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Energy Conservation

Download Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic’s handout about energy conservation to help you at times you feel tired.

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Breathing Techniques

Download Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic’s handout on breathing techniques that can be used when feeling stressed or anxious.

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