Ever hear the joke about a beautiful, but not so smart woman? It goes something like this:’ beauty may fade, but dumb lasts forever’. Well, that may not be correct. New research shows that the brain is like a muscle – it changes and gets stronger when you use it. Working out with weights is a good example. When you first start 20 pounds may be hard for you to lift. As you keep exercising and getting stronger pretty soon you can lift 50 pounds. That’s because your muscles have become stronger. When you stop exercising the muscles shrink and you become weaker. That’s why they say “Use it or lose it!”
When you learn new things, parts of your brain changes and gets larger a lot like muscles do when you work out. Nais.org explains this perfectly. “Inside the cortex of the brain are billions of tiny nerve cells, called neurons. The nerve cells have branches connecting them to other cells in a complicated network. Communication between these brain cells is what allows us to think and solve problems. When you learn new things, these tiny connections in the brain actually multiply and get stronger. The more you challenge your mind to learn, the more your brain cells grow.”
Medical insurance will help you to pay for occupational therapy if you get in a terrible accident or break your hip. You may have to go to what is called occupation al therapy. In occupational therapy they help you to re-learn how to put your socks on in a way that doesn’t hurt your injuries. Occupational therapy will also teach you how to get in and out of a shower, how to safely prepare meals and a host of other daily activities that may have become difficult due to your injuries. Medical insurance plans cover both in-patient and out-patient occupational therapy.
What if instead of hurting one or more of your body parts you hurt your brain? What then? Remember Superman Christopher Reeves? His fall from his horse left him severely injured. Brain therapy helped to improve his life quite a bit. On the web site brainandspinalcord.org they talk about rehab for the brain. “The application of occupational therapy to the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) is a relatively recent success story which has produced dramatic results. Brain injuries and their long-term consequences are often unpredictable and difficult to age. The occupational therapist takes the time to evaluate each case on an individual basis and greatly increases the probability of a positive outcome by focusing on the patient, the action plan, and the revision of the plan for improved results.
I think that sometimes we forget that medical insurance is not just for well care checkups and visits to the doctor when we have the flu. If something ever as terrifying as a brain injury ever happens to you or a loved one, medical insurance is there to help you get well and give you peace of mind. Priceless.