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Strength and Awareness in Action: A Feasibility Study of Yoga for Post-Acute TBI Headaches


by Lisa Brenner, PhD, ABPP
Seminar date: 5/16/2019

Description: A signature injury being sustained by Veterans from recent conflicts is mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). For some, this condition is associated with multiple disabling post-concussive symptoms, including post-concussive headaches (PCH). PCHs are notoriously resistant to medication alone, and are associated with increased muscle tension, avoidance of physical activities, and anxiety related to having chronic pain. In this study, the feasibility of the design elements of the Strength and Awareness in Action: an Intervention for Post-Acute TBI Headaches (SAA-TBI) intervention was explored. In this trial yoga was operationalized as a practice involving physical postures (asana), breath awareness, breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness meditation. Preliminary data from the trial will be presented. Intended Audience: Clinical providers, researchers, yoga practitioners, and Veterans

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