By: Anna Nitzsche, Health EditorThe next time you have a brain operation, you will probably want to try some of the techniques that have been proven to help keep your nervous system working better.
Here are five techniques that you can try to improve your overall well-being during and after surgery.1.
Relaxation techniquesYou can relax by lying in bed, sitting up straight, and letting your mind go.
In fact, there is a study that found that when patients are allowed to relax during surgery, they are more likely to feel better and feel more positive about their surgery outcome.2.
Brain stimulation techniquesBrain stimulation, sometimes referred to as ‘brain massage’, has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, and to help people with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and ALS.
It is not known how this technique helps you during a brain injury, but if it helps, you may want to check it out.3.
Spontaneous breathing techniquesIt’s a popular technique for those with traumatic brain injuries, and it has been proven that it can improve the brain’s electrical activity.
However, a small study conducted in the UK found that spontaneous breathing did not improve neurological function, and the researchers did not find evidence that it could help people recover.4.
Implantable electrodesIt’s an implantable electrode that you put in your brain and can use for a range of purposes, from reducing anxiety and depression to improving cognitive function.
There are no controlled trials on whether it improves the brain after surgery, but it has already been used in people with a variety of neurological conditions and it is not yet known if it can help with recovery after brain surgery.5.
Emotional self-care techniquesEmotional self care, or ’emotional cleansing’, is a type of self-help practice that aims to change people’s behaviour and thoughts about their injuries.
Empathic self-compassion has been demonstrated to improve brain function after brain surgeries, and research has also found that it helps people recover better from other traumatic brain injury conditions.
Emotional cleansing can be used as a way to help heal your brain after brain trauma.
You can do it by paying attention to your emotions and your thoughts and allowing yourself to feel good about yourself.
If you are able to do this, you are likely to experience less anxiety and a more positive outlook on life afterwards.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has found that emotional cleansing can help people deal with the aftermath of brain surgery, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and post-operative nausea and vomiting.
If you have been injured by a violent or unexpected event, and you need to be able to self-heal after a procedure, consider talking to a specialist.