March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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Every 9 seconds someone, somewhere in the United States sustains a brain injury. I’d guess that you know someone or are someone who has suffered an injury of one type or another. 47.9% of brain injuries are caused by a simple fall. That’s how I got mine. I slipped in the shower, fell back and hit my head. What followed were a few weeks of headaches, nausea, and a fuzzy headed feeling I just couldn’t shake…and my case was mild. Imagine suffering a serious brain injury. Think about the trauma it causes not only to your body but your entire life and the lives of those who care for you.

Between 3.2 and 5.3 million Americans live with some type of long-term disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury. When our brain is injured it reacts with biochemicals that can further damage the brain. Depending on the severity, you can lose consciousness and have damaged motor function. You may suffer amnesia, either temporary or permanent, irritability, aggression, disorientation and more. As time passes, the brain will gradually attempt to restore itself to normalcy; however, unlike bones, the neurons in our brains do not heal. New nerves will grow and create new neural pathways, but the individual suffering from the injury will never be exactly the same again.

Our Wonderful Brains

Our brains are complex and wonderful organs. The brain controls everything we do from breathing to balance, speaking to skating. Our brains are sensitive to change, which makes brain injury unpredictable and difficult to treat. You can feel fine one day and feel awful the next. No two injuries manifest in the same way; a concussion for you is not the concussion that your child faces after a sports injury. With March being Brain Injury Awareness month, we wanted to shed some light on brain injury and things you can do to recover from them.

This year’s Brain Injury Awareness month campaign is called Change Your Mind. The goal is to educate the general public about brain injuries and how they affect the lives of not only the person who is injured but their families, friends, and caregivers. It’s important to know how you can support those with brain injury as well. BrainTap is a big supporter of people with brain injuries and many of our doctors use our protocols to support their patients with brain injuries of varying severity.

Concussion Treatment

Many of our affiliate offices use BrainTap as a neuro-protective part of brain injury treatment. This means that by having a patient–such as an athlete with a concussion–use the BrainTap headset, we are improving the blood flow to the brain and helping keep the brain working at optimal states. Most of our offices use the Brain Fitness protocol from the BrainTap Pro App.

It’s also important to provide the patient access to the BrainTap Pro App for use at home. They can listen to an AM session in the morning and, if they’re athletes, they can listen to the Sports Zone in the afternoon, then Go to Sleep bundle at night. Places like the Neuro Life Center at Life University in Georgia send their patients home with BrainTap headsets to continue recovery at home.

BrainTap helps with concussion treatment by retraining the brain to move from the high delta state which signals inflammation such as with a traumatic brain injury, to a balanced brainwave state. Most concussions will have 75% or more delta activity, when we should be at no more than 15%. That leads to the fatigue and fuzzy headed feeling that often comes with brain injury. Our patients have reported that over six weeks with three times a week visits in clinic and a good home program it has been very possible to balance brainwaves and have the patient feeling more normal, faster. The lights in the headset brings blood flow to the damaged areas and increases ATP production so the cells can heal naturally. The sound working in conjunction with the guided visualizations and light help the patient regain confidence and mental focus.

Regardless of the severity of the brain injury, it’s important to be educated about how injuries can occur and how to best treat them to get the brain functioning in the normal range once again.

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