Why You Should Not Ignore A Head Injury

California Functional Neurologist Discusses: Why You Should Not Ignore A Head Injury.

The traditional model for care immediately after receiving a concussion or head injury is to be removed from activity or play and to rest. The goal at this stage is to minimize the activities that trigger symptoms, which has been shown to improve recovery rates. However, there is no universal consensus as to when the safest time to return to activity after having a concussion or head injury is, except that there should be no symptoms present. This is great advice, but what if a person can be given activities to do that do not provoke symptoms and will promote faster recovery?

Because there are no well established guidelines about the specific application of certain therapies, that is the art of facilitating recovery that is at the discretion of the doctor helping you and is guided by his or her clinical experience and training. Many patients are achieving success in managing concussions by working with a functional neurologist. These practitioners have extensive training in how the brain functions and they’re able to recommend brain-based therapies that can help the brain improve function and heal itself more efficiently after a head injury.

It’s important to be proactive when you have a head injury, even if you aren’t experiencing the common symptoms, and functional neurologists recommend that brain based therapies start right away. Many people will improve greatly without doing anything, but active therapy will accelerate the process. Think of being sore from going the gym and working out. You have two options regarding recovery from that activity.

1) You can rest and do nothing until the soreness goes away, which is called passive recovery.

2) You can use the sore areas of your body in ways that do not create more soreness or challenge the body in extreme ways but which facilitate faster recovery; this is called active recovery.

Think of going into the gym and riding the exercise bike lightly or doing some stretching to ease the soreness. The brain and nervous system also respond robustly to active recovery in response to an injury. The old methods of keeping someone with a concussion in a dark room for weeks on end has actually been shown to increase disability over time.

Nowadays when people get their knees surgically replaced they are placed on passive motion devices that move the operated limb to promote recovery on the same day as the surgery. Brain injury is no different and responds best to immediate and active therapy. Even in the instance that active therapy is very difficult, there are many passive therapies that can be done to promote faster recovery such as acupuncture and massage. These types of therapy may not be directly treating the damaged parts of the brain but rather are decreasing the stress response, which helps with healing.

If you or a loved one suffers from a traumatic head injury, don’t wait to seek out therapy. Your recovery will be much more efficient and effective if you start brain-based therapies right away. Take the time to learn how a functional neurologist can help you.

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