Injuries with a slower recovery period show signs of network problems within brain signals. These people have a wide range of complaints when entering our office for examination. Many common conditions that I see in my office are related to prior head injuries, and these symptoms can last for years if not for life. The most concerning symptoms are those related to cognition, memory, cardiovascular function, gut function, and the immune system.
Why? How? and What to do about it?
Lets take the recent attention to concussions in sports like football.
Treatment is based on cutting edge research which has yet to be implemented on a wide scale in the Neurology or Rehab community, perhaps because of its complexity. Treating any one of these body systems by itself is not enough to properly heal broken networks.
Trusted evaluation techniques and state of the art technology allow us to create specific treatment protocols for the brain injury. We use these 6 techniques to evaluate and treat brain injuries.
The inner ear (vestibular system), eyes, and spinal/extremity proprioceptors become mismatched in specific ways. Teasing through these problems takes years of study and experience working with brain injury. Without a matching sensory system from the body to the brain, any attempt at correcting an individual part of this system is useless. It must be the whole body and sensory system.
Eye Movement Training
Again, a very integral part of sensing your environment and the body’s movement within it. Eye movements are capable of multiple compensations to altered sensory systems in the body.
Neck, Spine & Stability Integration Therapies
Manual manipulation of the spine and extremities specific to the individual brain involved. This is not standard chiropractic adjustments but a very specific focus on the damaged processing networks throughout the nervous system, always including the neck reflexes and circuitry for movement. A critical keystone of concussion rehabilitation.
Myofascial muscle work for structural integrity is crucial to spinal positioning and correcting reflex communication from the neck to the brain.
Physical and Fitness Therapy must integrate all of the components on this list. Read our FNOR approach under treatments.
Balance Training for the whole body is required for proper re-organization of sensory communication.Low Level Laser Therapy
– Class IIb and III Cold Laser
Cold lasers, when applied with specific settings, at a specific wavelength and frequency help to structure cellular energy. Brain cells are the pieces that make up the broken network, so naturally they need energy to clean up the junk (cytochrome c oxidase), make more ATP (energy source for metabolism), reduce damage by free – radicals, converting them, and resolve the inflammatory cytokines that exist around the cells. Cold laser is directed at making the cells function better. It does not treat the injury or heal on its own. Laser is a very good tool for helping the body repair faster.Nutrition for Brain Repair
Feeding the gut exactly what it can handle and absorb for proper repair. Most digestive systems aren’t functioning all that well before an injury to the master control (brainstem networks), and tend to struggle more after concussion. The traditional american diet is severely detrimental to brain healing, and IS damaging the brain all by itself. Minimizing supplements that are widely promoted to heal the brain. Rocket fuel in the form of specific supplementation needs to come way later after the brain has repaired critical networks.
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