September is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
With kids getting back to school and sports, the prevention of traumatic brain injury is an important topic to discuss.
Everyone around the athlete, from parents and coaches to teachers and other educational staff, should have the knowledge and tools to keep athletes safe. Traumatic brain injury is as intense and serious as it sounds. Many people do not realize that a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump or blow to the head or body that results in the head to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden back and forth motion can cause the brain to bounce around in the skull creating chemical changes in the brain, stretching of brain tissue, and damage to brain cells.
Until now, concussions have not been taken as seriously as they should be. We no longer encourage athletes to simply shake it off and get back in the game. If athletes are showing signs of concussion such as headaches, nausea, dizziness and change in vision, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and even changes in behavior, then it is necessary to see a healthcare professional to rule out a concussion. Symptoms can be latent and show up days after the incident.
At Pure Life Clinic, we can discuss how to prevent traumatic brain injuries and manage them when they occur. We have different modalities to aid in the healing of the brain tissue like Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) and Cranial Electric Stimulation (CES) along with chiropractic adjustments, cranial work, soft tissue work and supplements to aid in the healing from within.
Getting checked prior to the sports season allows us to get a preseason baseline, so that in the case of a concussion the severity can be properly assessed. One of the main takeaways from concussion education is that every person's symptoms are vastly different, as is the healing process. Some concussions can take months to a year to fully resolve.