After a concussion or brain injury, the function of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) can be commonly disrupted. This can cause a dysregulation between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system - leading to increased symptoms.
This week on the podcast, Natasha Wilch is back to explain the ins and outs of the ANS as it relates to brain injury. She will also explain dysautonomia and POTS, and share some practical tools to improve autonomic function.
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7:55 Introducing Natasha
13:11 What is the Autonomic Nervous System
14:20 Parasympathetic vs. Sympathetic
17:15 Effect of Concussions/Brain Injury
21:20 Compass 31 Tool to Bring to Practitioners :
Compass 31 Assessment: https://www.mvpctr.com/compass-31-online-questionnaire/
22:55 Dysautonomia & POTS
25:40 Cristabelle’s Experience
27:25 Identifying Triggers & Response
34:55 Putting the Pieces Together Clinically
36:40 Anxiety or Autonomics?
37:55 Practical Things to Do to Help
42:00 Words of Hope
MEET OUR GUEST:
Natasha Wilch is a Registered Physical Therapist based in Western Canada whom had dedicated her career to working with individuals with concussion. Her passion in learning has led her to training in vestibular rehab, acupuncture, clinical neuroscience and more. She is the owner of Symphony Rehabilitation and has a program for clinicians called Concussion Nerds. Always looking for ways to better serve her clients, she was one of the first clincians in Canada to offer virtual care. Natasha has won the Canada Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017, Vancouver Island’s top 20 under 40 business & community achievement award in 2018 and the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award for Physical Therapy.
Connect: @natasha.wilch | natashawilch.com
Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate.
Connect: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com
About This Podcast
Have you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, or ABI? This podcast is for you. Sharing hope, support, and education for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and families. Hosted by award-winning TBI survivor, advocate, and singer/songwriter Cristabelle Braden, this is an uplifting podcast to bring hope to your darkest days. Subscribe and stay tuned for messages of encouragement, interviews with professionals, and survivor stories.
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