If you have felt like something is “off” but you can’t quite pinpoint what it is, it is possible that you have a form of Dysautonomia (related to the Autonomic Nervous System). It is very common after brain injury. This week, Sonia Vovan, PT is here to help us understand the basics of dysautonomia - and beyond - as we discuss ways to help address symptoms.
October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month!
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0:00 Intro w/Cristabelle
8:15 Introducing Sonia Vovan
10:45 What is Dysautonomia?
12:35 Dysautonomia in Concussion
13:50 POTS vs other forms of Dysautonomia
15:15 Cristabelle’s experience
18:05 Dysautonomia and Anxiety
19:00 Effects of Dysautonomia
22:35 Where to Start
27:15 Giving your Brain Stability
28:55 Addressing Metabolic Issues
32:15 Hormones and Dysautonomia
34:40 Finding Underlying Issues
37:45 Advocate for yourself
19:30 Things you can Do
40:25 Words of Hope
MEET OUR GUEST:
Sonia Vovan is a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Vestibular Therapist working in Toronto Canada with individuals with vestibular issues and concussions. She received her advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation through Duke University’s School of Medicine (accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association). Sonia is an advocate for individuals suffering from brain injuries and is a Board Member on the Brain Injury Association of York Region (based in Ontario Canada). She is also working on her Ph.D. program at York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) to study the implications of sensorimotor changes, such as visual and vestibular issues, following a concussion.
Connect with Sonia: @allinyourheadpt on Instagram or at www.soniavovan.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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