The LoveYourBrain Foundation, a national non-profit organization in Norwich, VT – 501(c)3, is proud to announce the publication of the first-ever study on the effectiveness of LoveYourBrain Retreats. This is his novel, free, 5-day multimodal program designed to benefit people. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers. This study suggests that mindfulness, gentle yoga, brain health nutrition, art therapy, and community integration are effective rehabilitation models for improving quality of life and access to complementary therapies after TBI. has shown great potential for expansion.
“Given the complex, common and chronic nature of traumatic brain injury and the limited community-based rehabilitation services available, we are very excited about the results of this study.” Birmingham, Alabama University, and research co-author. “Coupled with his LoveYourBrain model of giving the program away for free, we see an opportunity to make a substantial, accessible, and long-term impact on the TBI community.”
TBI is a serious public health concern with short- and long-term impacts on individuals, families and societies. Due to the complex and chronic nature of traumatic brain injury, community-based rehabilitation with physical, psychological, social, emotional, and motivational components is critical for quality of life. However, access to services overall is very limited in the United States, and millions of people affected by TBI have ongoing symptoms and barriers to active community participation. increase. To address this gap, LoveYourBrain Retreats were designed with multimodal therapy aimed at optimizing treatment by delivering different types of therapeutic interventions together. This first-of-its-kind curriculum integrates both psychosocial and mindfulness-based elements. It is also designed to be scalable so that it can be adopted by healthcare organizations and other stakeholders to improve accessibility.
In this study, 68 TBI patients and caregivers attended one of three LoveYourBrain retreats offered in Maine and California. Her 53 with TBI ranged in severity of brain injury (mild to severe), time since injury, gender, and race, had access to LYB retreats, and had diverse life experiences. It shows that it contains people. After completing the programme, TBI survivors saw significant improvements in multiple health outcomes including quality of life, resilience, cognition, and emotional/behavioral dysregulation.
All participants – TBI survivors and caregivers – reported high levels of satisfaction, described improved community ties, and reframed their experience of TBI, self-regulation, and self-care. Notable benefits include a sense of validation in the TBI experience, the ability to approach life with greater resilience and optimism, learning how to regulate emotions and negative thoughts, and new, practical and diverse self-care habits. It is included.
Retreat participant Sheron tells us how it has meant so much to her. I am grateful to them for their positivity, support and courage now that I have arrived home. ”
Taken together, the results of this study demonstrate that LoveYourBrain Retreats are an effective rehabilitation model to promote post-traumatic growth. This is defined as a change in self-perception (e.g., appreciation of personal strengths and greater awareness of new possibilities in one’s life) and depth of connection. in a relationship. The meaning is important because research shows that people understand themselves through the meaning and felt experience of social activity. This contrasts with traditional medical models that define identity by disability and ability.
Kyla Pearce, Ph.D., senior director of programs and research at LoveYourBrain, said: “And we have a particular focus on how to engage groups where there are wide disparities in access and outcomes, such as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.”
For more information on LoveYourBrain’s entire research, please visit http://www.loveyourbrain.com/research.
About LoveYourBrain: The LoveYourBrain Foundation is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization that improves the quality of life for those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and raises awareness of the importance of brain health. I’m here. Guided by a family experience, brothers Kevin and Adam Pearce founded his LoveYourBrain in 2014 after Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a snowboarding accident before the 2010 Olympics. Kevin’s amazing resilience translated into his award-winning HBO documentary, “The Crash Reel,” revealing the challenges and prevalence of TBI. In response, LoveYourBrain has developed programs and resources designed to create community and promote resilience for those affected by TBI. LoveYourBrain’s retreats, mindsets, and yoga programs are now free worldwide, providing new tools, resources, and connections to the TBI community. For more information, please visit www.loveyourbrain.com.