Resources

Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery Websites

www.tbihome.org – This is a wonderful place where TBI survivors, caregivers, friends, and family can go to interact and receive support from each other.

www.traumaticbraininjuryforum.com – Another wonderful website where TBI survivors, friends, and family can go to share and receive support from others who are enduring a similar experience.

www.biausa.org - The main website with helpful information on traumatic brain injury—what it is, how it is acquired, and insightful statistics from the Brain Injury Association of America.

www.waiting.com – A wonderful coma recovery website—two thumbs up! This site was a lifesaver for Allison and her family to learn more about the different levels of coma (the Rancho Los Amigos Scale), and other important and interesting facts about recovery from coma and brain injury.

www.comarecovery.org – For coma survivors, caregivers, family, and friends—this site has a wonderful discussion list where you can ask questions, learn more about the different types of coma, receive support, and find out how to be of better assistance to someone in need of care.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery Books


My Stroke of Insight
by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

 

Dr. Taylor shares about her experience of enduring a stroke from the inside looking out. With a background in neuroscience, she was able to witness her experience with full and detailed awareness of what she was enduring. Many of the symptoms she describes are very similar to the symptoms experienced with a brain injury. Allison would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the brain.


Brainlash
by Dr. Gail Denton

 

A wonderful and informative book by Dr. Gail Denton, a TBI survivor, where you can learn more about brain injury (the unseen injury), and the effects it can have on a person’s every day life. Allison found this book very comforting and validating, since it was written by another traumatic brain injury survivor.

 Becoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury

Becoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury by Deborah Schlag

 

A wonderful book written by a brain injury survivor about the recovery of brain injury, what the process of recovery can be like, and our powerful ability to heal. We have personally met Deborah, and she is a wonderful, intuitive woman, and healer, who is a deep inspiration to all. Deborah is also giving talks sharing about her experience, and our ability to heal. She is working on a similar project of opening and running a healing center. Deborah’s books may be purchased directly through her at: deborahschlag@yahoo.com.

 

Coma, A Healing Journey by Amy Mindell

A guide to learning about the range of coma experiences, and what caregivers can do to help the person transition back into life as smoothly as possible.

Coma: The Dreambody Near Death by Arnold Mindell

Another wonderful book that explores the possibilities of the inner journey for people in coma; with suggestions of how to provide comfort in gentle ways that support the inner experience.

Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury by Diane Roberts Stoler

This is an informative book on traumatic brain injury, whether mild, moderate, or severe. There are many terms and definitions that you may find helpful.

Over My Head by Dr.Claudia Osborn

This is one of the first books Allison had read on traumatic brain injury. Dr. Osborn shares about her experience of going through a brain injury and being sent to a brain injury rehab in New York City. Allison stated that it felt good to finally relate to someone else going through a brain injury, and her similar daily struggles, however, she did not finish reading this book due to being too upset over reading about the way people with TBI are and have been receiving treatment in rehabilitation centers in general.

Living with Brain Injury: A Guide for Families, Second Edition by Richard C. Senelick and Karla Dougherty

A wonderful book for family, friends, and caregivers of a loved one with TBI. It tells about the reality of brain injury, how to be of better assistance during recovery, and what to expect along the way.

Brain, Heal Thyself: A Caregiver’s New Approach to Recovery from Stroke, Aneurysm, and Traumatic Brain Injuries by Madonna Siles

A story and guidebook that takes you on a woman’s journey of assisting her friend through recovery from a brain aneurysm—a wonderful resource that introduces holistic healing approaches to family, friends, caregivers, and people in recovery.

I Can’t Remember Me: Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury by Judy Martin Urban and Courtney Martin Larson

A story about a young woman who sustains a brain injury just after graduating from college. It takes you through the moving journey of her recovery, while providing feelings of hope and inspiration.

In Search of Wings: A Journey Back from Traumatic Brain Injury by Beverley Bryant

An inspiring story of a woman who worked as a gymnastics judge, who sustains a TBI and perseveres to return to life. Filled with poetry and thoughts of her journey through recovery, this writer makes her way through a life-changing event with courage and determination.

 

Natural Healing Methods

Reiki

 

Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing, which involves taking the universal energy that lies around us and transferring it through our head, out our hands, and into the area of the body that needs healing.

Treatments consist of a gentle “laying on of hands,” on or off of the body, in which healing energy is transferred into the body where it is needed to heal.

The person receiving the treatment may feel a sense of warmth coming from the person’s hands, causing them to feel a sense of relaxation.
Allison would credit nearly ninety-percent of her healing to this beautiful and incredible form of energy healing. It can be learned by anyone and used to treat yourself and others. This wonderful form of healing is highly recommended to everyone. The following is a link where you can learn more about Reiki:
www.reiki.net.au

Craniosacral Therapy

 

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of healing specifically practiced on the back of the neck and head. Like Reiki, it is performed as a gentle laying on of hands, but it is combined with soft movement to help assist the cranial bones to move back into place, giving relief to many other parts of the body.

Allison underwent several treatments of this therapy during the first year of her recovery, to which she would credit a very large, necessary, and important part of her healing. The following is a link where you can learn more about Craniosacral Therapy:
www.upledger.com

Aquatic Therapy

 

Aquatic Therapy is a gentle form of hands-on therapy done on and with the body in a pool of warm water. Much of this therapy was done in the first year of Allison’s recovery to help move her limbs around, so that she did not get muscular atrophy while lying in bed for so long.

The therapist would put floaters on her arms and legs, and move her body around in the water, sometimes doing craniosacral work on her head, since it was easier for her to move in the water. Although she could not express it at the time, Allison always enjoyed this gentle form of healing done on her body in the water. The following is a link where you can learn more about Aquatic Therapy:
www.aquatictherapy.com

Esoteric Healing

 

Esoteric Healing is another beautiful form of energy healing, performed in a very similar way as Reiki. Allison received several Esoteric Healing treatments during her recovery, mixed in with several other treatments, as the body workers who worked on her were trained in this form of healing as well.

Esoteric Healing works with assisting in balancing and clearing the energy fields in and around a person’s body on a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual level. It assists the person in healing on every level, and Allison always left each treatment with a sense of clarity, lightness, and balance that she did not have before. You can read more about Esoteric Healing at:
www.esoterichealing.com

Polarity Therapy

 

Polarity Therapy is another elegant and gentle form of energy healing, working with the magnetic and electrical energy fields of the body. It is used to help rebalance the body so that energy is able to flow and function properly throughout the body again.

Allison would often have these treatments at the same time as craniosacral treatments, to help realign the flow of energy in her body at the end of each session. The following is a link where you can learn more about polarity:
www.earthlit.com/polarity-therapy.html

Ortho-Bionomy

 

Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle form of hands on healing, often used in correlation with massage and physical therapy. In treatments, the practitioner uses gentle movements to assist the body in the natural direction that it wants to move, to create a sense of relief and relaxation.

Allison received this treatment a few times during her recovery, along with massage therapy, and found it to be very effective and relaxing. The following is a website where you can learn more about Ortho-Bionomy:
www.ortho-bionomy.org

Massage Therapy & Foot Reflexology

 

Massage therapy, as we all know, is a beautiful form of hands-on healing in which the muscles in the body are gently massaged with oil to assist with loosening the muscles and creating a sense of relaxation in the body. Foot reflexology can often be received during a massage treatment as well.

Foot reflexology is a form of massage performed specifically on the feet, with the understanding that all of the nerve endings in the body each end in the bottoms of your feet. Specific massage is performed on the feet, which plays a highly beneficial role in assisting the rest of the body to heal.
Ask your massage therapist if they are able to perform foot reflexology on you. It will be of great benefit to your entire body. You can read more about massage and foot reflexology at:
www.massagetherapy.com

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a therapy that works to help integrate the brain with the body function and movement again.
Allison’s sister is an Occupational Therapist, and would send her coloring books when she was well enough, to help her to integrate hand/eye coordination. She would also have her work on stringing cranberries on a string at Christmas time, as another developmental practice.

These tasks were all very difficult for her to do at the time, and she can remember them requiring an incredible amount of concentration and always leaving her completely drained at the end. But, her family knew it was good for her to at least try to strengthen these functions again.

When she began again to play the piano, it was also highly encouraged as another great practice for her, since this also inspired hand/eye coordination and brain/body function.
The following is a link where you can learn more about occupational therapy:
www.aota.org

Network Spinal Analysis

Network Spinal Analysis is different than other forms of chiropractic care, as there is no major cracking involved in the adjustment of the spine. It is a form of adjustment that, among other things, works with the person’s breath and the pressure points along the spine to help the spine realign naturally. Allison would credit much of her physical and overall well being and recovery to this wonderful and gentle form of chiropractic care. The following are two links where you can learn more about Network Spinal Analysis:
www.senzonwellness.com

www.wiseworldseminars.com

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is a form of healing that works with the energy meridians in the body. Small needles are used in certain points to release and assist any blockage or flow of energy. Often, after a treatment, Chinese medicine, which consists of natural Chinese herbs to assist in healing the body, is prescribed. The following is a resource where you can learn more about acupuncture and Chinese medicine:
www.communityacupuncture.com

There are more books and resources on traumatic brain injury and coma recovery available. These are some that Allison has discovered through her research. For more information on coma and traumatic brain injury resources you may visit Allison’s website at www.musicfromwithin.com or search “coma” and “brain injury” on www.google.com or www.amazon.com.