Brain Awareness Week

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

We all have one, but we don't always look after them so well. 🤯

1 in 6 people will be affected by brain disease and disorders in their lifetime.

Nearly all migraine sufferers and 60% of those with tension-type headache experience reductions in social activities and work capacity.

you can join the National Headache register for more information on how to manage your headaches and help raise funds into headache research.

Physiotherapy can help treat a wide range of headache types
Headache is one of the most common symptoms experienced by humans. In fact, it is quite unusual not to have at least an occasional headache.

Here are some Pointers from the Brain Foundation to maintain a Healthy Brain

  • Exercise and challenge your brain – don’t be a couch potato

  • Nourish your brain with a healthy diet, drink alcohol in moderation

  • Enjoy physical activity

  • Make “safety first” a priority – wear a helmet, drive safely, take any head injury seriously

  • Learn to manage stress and depression

  • Relax and sleep well

  • Have regular checks for blood pressure, diabetes, heart rate, cholesterol

  • Do not smoke or use illegal drugs

Human mental decline typically begins before 40

  • We must take measures to keep our brains in shape, no matter what age

  • The brain needs exercise. Practising skills leads to better performance

  • Unused parts of the brain stop working

  • Challenging the brain with new activities wakes up new areas

  • Try things you don’t already do – an accountant might study a new language

  • Challenging creates new pathways that appear to become alternate routes when neurones die off in middle and old age.

Research suggests – Reading to a small child enhances mental development – Ongoing mental stimulation provides some protection against mental decline

How can you exercise and challenge your brain ?

  • Exercising the brain is doing anything that makes you think, such as “what did I do last Saturday?”

  • Avoid using calculators

  • Swap TV for mind games or a book

  • Play games that involve memory (bridge) or thinking ahead (chess)

  • Take up a new hobby, learn a musical instrument, study a new language

  • When you read a paper, consider your own editorial

  • Prepare for retirement as a time for “serious leisure”, for a hobby or activity that involves “the whole being”

our physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists can develop strategies to challenge your brain.
Chess is a great brain training activity