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Not just a pain in the head: Concussion


Concussion: Brain health

When our physical brain is moving faster than our body or our body is faster that our brain, then a force occurs in the brain which can result in a mild traumatic injury (mTBI).

How and when can this happen: Road traffic accidents/ falls from a bicycle / fall from a horse/ sporting injury for e.g. Rugby or other sports incident where the head is involved. Cerebrospinal fluid surrounds our brains and spinal cord, one of its functions is to cushion these organs from injury. Unfortunately when traumatic force is involved , this system fails to protect.

As a result, the injured person can present with a variety of symptoms from mild to severe where they cannot function in their daily lives. These symptoms can range from, headaches, nausea and vomiting, visual disturbances, fatigue, noise & light sensitivity ,tinnitus and more.

If left untreated, this can lead to anxiety and even depression. Some people experience anger, suffer from mood changes and become irritable. Brain Fog is common, with concentration and memory issues a factor. CT scanning on the head will show brain bleeds and fractures(breaks) but not concussion. Concussion is the invisible bruise to the brain, showing up as symptoms but not visually in scans etc...

Once CT scanning is clear, what can you do? Rest is vital, both physical, and mental rest. Limited use of your phone, computer and TV, to reduce reduce mental stimulation. Keep noise levels to the minimum. Physical rest is also important, you may need to take time off work or school for a few days to avail of rest time. Keep well hydrated and nourished with good quality food.

Your brain needs time to rest and repair just like your sprained ankle would if you twisted it..


How can craniosacral therapy help with concussion?

The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by a clear water like substance called Cerebrospinal Fluid (csf). It protects , brings nutrients and removes toxins from the system. The central Nervous System. Should injury/trauma occur within this system, the linings of the brain and spinal cord can become irritated, there may be small particles of blood or other particles in the fluid that irritate it, this fluid should be clear at all times except for the good proteins and nutrients it delivers.

Craniosacral therapy will find and release these restrictions within the brain and spinal cord. As a result, more fresh csf and improved blood flow will be free to flow to all areas of the brain and spinal cord. This aids healing of the bruised areas of the brain.

I have included some reading links and a video link if you would like to see some more.


Home // Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (braininjuryguidelines.org)

RICKY WILLIAMS CONCUSSION PILOT STUDY QuickTime H 264 - YouTube

Article_-_How_Cranio_Sacral_Therapy_May_Contribute_to_Brain_Health.pdf (iahe.com)

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