We don't think challenges should keep one from living their dreams either.
At Strive Recreational Therapy Services, we are committed to enhancing quality of life. Strive provides groups and individuals with recreational therapy opportunities within their own community. Strive serves those injured in an auto accidents, injured in a work-related accident, and anyone with a disability. Our services also greatly benefit the geriatric population, students requiring Individualized Education Plans, wounded veterans and organizations and businesses looking to increase their services to those with disabilities. Strive truly helps bridge the gap between the hospital setting to their home and community.
Strive helps to advocate for individuals with disabilities as well as implement programs of interest, provide consultation and independently contract Recreational Therapists throughout Michigan. Both Strive Recreational Therapy Services and Strive Inc., it's non profit counterpart have been successfully running since 2003. We continue to offer many programs and services that are often lost once a patient returns home with their injury.
People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Need to Exercise
Written by Tripe
Monday, 02 December 2013 18:04
If you are someone who deals each day with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), know you are not alone. Over three million Americans are currently living with disabilities resulting from TBI. There are several challenges that face people with TBI, such as: physical capability, cognitive or memory deficits, decision making ability, language impairment, emotional disorders, and motivational concerns. Each one of these challenges works to undermine planning, committing, and executing physical exercise.
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has stated that regular physical activity not only helps individuals with conditions like TBI, but “can improve psychological well-being and quality of life by increasing the ability to perform activities of daily living.” However, be sure to check with your doctor before undertaking any exercise program.
Exercise can be achieved in many ways. Selecting an activity that is enjoyable to the individual is key. One person may enjoy martial arts, while another may enjoy swimming. If people enjoy themselves, they will be more likely to continue exercising. Also, try to find a buddy. This person would help hold you accountable while you do the same for them to stay committed to the exercise plan. This is a great way to expand your circle of friends and network with others.
Taken from Dayton Newspapers, Inc. Copyright 2013 Dayton Newspapers, Inc. Veterans escape with martial arts; Intense exercise is nontraditional therapy, healing. By Oliver Ortegas
COLUMBUS - A roadside bomb destroyed much of Jason Pegg's left arm eight years ago in Afghanistan, leaving the retired Army sergeant with a thick scar that runs from his triceps to his wrist. Though years removed from combat, Pegg, 33, still suffers from occasional bouts of anxiety. But at a mixed martial arts academy in Reynolds-burg, the Northwest Side man and other veterans take their battle scars to the mats, finding solace in the combat sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Four times a week, the 6-foot, 280-pound Pegg practices takedowns and arm locks, wrestling with men of all ages and sizes at the Ohio Combat Sports Academy. The sport's physical aspect helps him blow off steam while offering a sense of camaraderie similar to what he experienced in the army, Pegg said. "It gets your mind off life," he said. "Two hours a night where you're out and nothing else matters." The Veterans Administration's Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus recently began offering programs combining meditation, yoga and tai-chi, said Dr. Kathy Cable, a recreational therapist at the hospital. The center also works with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to offer adaptive sports programs for injured veterans, an initiative gaining steam across the country, she said. For Army Reserve Capt. Paul Ricca, jiu-jitsu provided a respite from the battles raging outside his base in Afghanistan. Ricca and other men in his squad, which included a collegiate wrestler from Wisconsin, would pull mattresses together and grapple during their downtime. "Having something to take your mind off what you're dealing with, like jiu-jitsu, like anything intensely physical, it allows you to escape that moment," said Ricca, who's been participating in the sport for 10 years. Lately, he's focused on Cross-Fit, a popular strength and conditioning exercise program. Ricca recently opened his own gym, 12th Round CrossFit, just a few doors down from Ohio Combat Sports Academy. The academy's owner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Dustin Ware, estimates that about 10 of his 60 students are veterans.
Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury – A New Approach
Written by Forward by Drew Burns - article taken from the University of Kansas Department of Psychology
Monday, 04 November 2013 20:04
A study published in 2010 by the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that among individuals in the study with Traumatic Brain Injury, 53% met criteria for Major Depressive Disorder at least once in the year following their accident. In 2008 the National Institute of Mental Health reported that 6.4% of American adults are suffering from depression. Depression, regardless of injury is a debilitating condition. The treatment of which is often argued amongst mental health professionals to be best addressed through either drug treatment or social/physical exercise.
Recently the Strive Team attended the 19th annual Brain Injury Symposium in Miami. In addition to making a number of great connections we attended one session in particular that was very interesting. The information presented by Richard A. Hamilton Ph.D. addressing managing depression following a TBI inspired this month’s article. He argues that instead of using anti-depressants or other medications to treat depression, more progress can be made through a treatment program called “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change”. Among other sub treatments, he suggests that exercise and social support/interactions will have a more positive effect then drug treatments. The following information was taken from the University of Kansas Department of Psychology and offers an in depth look at Therapeutic Lifestyle Change and its impact on depression.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Change – A New Treatment for Depression
http://psych.ku.edu/tlc/ Across the industrialized modern world, clinical depression has reached epidemic proportions, despite a staggering increase in the use of antidepressant medication. In fact, researchers have identified a set of illnesses that are pervasive across the Western world and yet rare among aboriginal populations. Depression is now the single leading cause of work-related disability for adults under 50. And yet there is strong evidence that depression can be both prevented and treated through a set of straightforward changes in lifestyle. Our research has demonstrated that TLC is an effective treatment for depression, with over 70% of patients experiencing a favorable response, as measured by symptom reduction of at least 50%.
Bridging the Gap: Recreational Therapy and Its Place in Healthcare
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:10
Written by Strive Owner/President Stella A. Husch
Why is it so many of us Americans are embarrassed to take time for ourselves? We are largely a society that has placed work-work-work at the top of our lists, while forgetting that “me time” is JUST as important to our state of well-being. I am often a victim myself and still continue to add even more to my ever-toppling plate, however, I also understand that “me-time”, recreation, leisure, and sports benefit to help aid and heal. For those dealing with disability or catastrophic injury, this is equally, if not more important. Enter Recreational Therapy.
Let’s say for discussion you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and your current directive involves remaining in bed to aid the healing process. You have regular doctor appointments, bi-weekly physical therapy, and a 24 hour caregiver and family members taking care of your personal needs. You only leave your living room, now your bedroom, to attend your doctor visits. The fully independent lifestyle you once enjoyed has been transformed to the point where you have to rely on someone else for basically every aspect of your life. Typically, self-confidence is at an all-time low and depression is so severe that mustering the will for even physical therapy is nearly impossible.
In the healthcare community, we are often more focused on “getting back to health” and overlook the need for enriching activity and fulfilling wellness. While getting back to a state of health that most closely resembles that known prior to a catastrophic accident is without a doubt of upmost importance. What happens when the “back to health” potential has been reached or an improvement has ceased to occur? Often these individuals are unable to get back to work, have little self-sufficiency, and end up feeling that their life is all but over. Yes, maybe they can walk, talk and move around, but often feel like they still “can’t do anything”.
Unfortunately this is the reality for the majority of persons with a traumatic injury. Medication is often cited for a quick-fix, but we are going to explore an alternative form of healthcare that concentrates not only on your physical well-being, but also your emotional and spiritual.