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Concussion and Post-Concussion Solutions
By Robert Rudelic, B.S., N.M.T., M.E.S.
Parents are more concerned than ever about their children getting injured playing sports. The fastest growing area of concern is concussions and girls are now in the mix with so many playing soccer (one of the of highest risk sports for concussions).
In fact, concussions are more worrisome than most injuries whether from sports or other activities because of the long lasting effects. Take a look at some surprising data;
Statistics: The centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) reports that three traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur every minute, 5.3 million persons live with disabilities related to brain injury, and that TBIs cost Americans $76.5 billion in medical care, rehabilitation, and loss of work every year. Multiple reports note that sports participants, including pediatric, college, and professional, sustain a large number of TBIs annually. The majority (75–85%) of TBIs are mild, also known as concussion. Current epidemiological reports find that girls’ soccer, American football, and ice hockey have the highest incidence of concussion. A history of one or more concussions is a risk factor for a subsequent concussion. Sex as a risk factor for concussion is controversial, but for sports in which the playing rules are similar, such as soccer or basketball, females appear to have as much as a two-fold higher risk for concussion.
* The information in this document has been compiled from multiple sources.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—(aka TBI), caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth (like a whiplash injury). This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
10 Symptoms of Concussion
- Memory Loss
- Ringing Ears
- Slurred Speech
- Loss of Concentration
What is the difference between children’s and adults concussions?
There are major differences between adults and children when it comes to TBI. TBI is the leading cause of disability and death for children in the US, and the two age groups at greatest risk are 0-4 and 15-19. Young people are at greater risk of severe brain injuries because their developing brains are undergoing a complex and sensitive process of growth. A National Institutes of Health Project studied over a hundred young people as they grew by scanning the developing brain. This study revealed that even though the brain reaches approximately 90 percent of its full size by the time a person is six years old, there is a massive reorganization that occurs within the brain between ages 12 and 25.
During the brain’s development, the axons (neurons that send signals to other neurons) need time to develop myelin, which eventually boosts the transmission speed between neurons. At the same time, dendrites (branchlike extensions that neurons use to receive the signals from axons) grow and develop. This causes the brain’s cortex, where we do our complex and high-level thinking, to become more efficient.
Through imaging work and similar studies of young minds, it has become clear that the brain grows and matures throughout adolescence and beyond. Because of the long time it takes for the brain to fully grow and mature, suffering from any kind of brain injury during its development can have severe and lasting consequences for an individual’s health and wellbeing.
For example, studies done by the University of Virginia Medical School have determined that the development of a brain has a significant effect on the time period of recovery from a TBI – even mild TBI, which we commonly refer to as a concussion. Research suggests that the recovery time of a mature brain is within five to ten days while the vulnerability of a young brain makes recovery time much longer and can result in long-term difficulties for that individual.
Dr. Jeffrey Barth, in his presentation for Brainline.org, states “The brain develops from the bottom up and from the back forward. So the last thing that kicks in is the frontal lobes, and that is the area of judgment.” The results of a TBI on a developing brain can thus be extremely detrimental and can prevent the continued growth that would normally happen during various stages of life.
Are there different types of concussions?
There are 3 types of concussions –
● Grade 1 – Mild. In the old days this is what was called getting your “bell rung”. You get stunned for a few seconds and then shake it off. This is now known as a Grade 1 Concussion. The symptoms last for less than 15 minutes with no loss of consciousness.
● Grade 2 – Moderate. There is no loss of consciousness but symptoms last for longer than 15 minutes.
● Grade 3 – Severe. You’re knocked out! Unconscious for a few seconds or more. This is the most severe and quite often is accompanied by other injuries including whiplash and cervical injuries.
What are the initial symptoms of concussion?
Hyper arousal, anger, a short temper, dazed, confused or disoriented, difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual, dizziness or loss of balance.
Why do brain injuries look like ADHD?
Often ADD and/or ADHD are misdiagnosis and could be the result of post-concussion syndrome. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in damage to the brain that leads to problems like forgetfulness, poor focus, impulsivity, and mood shifts. It can happen from sports injuries, car accidents, falls, falling off a bike or other similar events that damage the brain. Concussion is a mild form of TBI. More severe TBI’s usually lead to longer lasting problems and in the most severe cases, they can cause long-term comas or even death.
The lasting effects of TBI can look amazingly similar to ADHD. The problems related to ADHD and TBI look so similar that they are hard to tell apart. Recent research suggests a link between the two disorders and the possible relationship between ADHD and TBI.
What is “chronic neurobehavioral dysfunction” and what are the risk factors linked to?
The term neurobehavioral refers to the type of behavioral problems that are associated with brain disorders. It is a term frequently used to describe the serious behavioral problems often seen after traumatic brain injury. The term “neuropsychiatric” is also used to refer to the same behaviors. Risk factors for neurobehavioral disorders in professional athletes include prior concussion, longer exposure to the sport, having the ApoE4 gene, (the riskiest known Alzheimer’s gene), age, gender and previous concussions.
What is the current medical recommendations for initial concussion?
After a visit to the doctor or pediatrician and perhaps a referral to a neurologist…..they generally recommend to just go home, take it easy and you’ll be better in a couple of weeks or months. Your doctor may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol (although there is no evidence they have a positive effect), encourage you to get plenty of rest, avoid sports and other strenuous activities, avoid driving a vehicle or riding a bike for 24 hours or even a few weeks or months – depending on the severity of your injury, and avoid alcohol and stay away from computer and phone screens.
What else can be done?
If someone has suffered a sufficiently bad injury, it is likely that they would have a CT scan or MRI to directly identify an area of bleeding, fractured skull, or other injury but the first 10 days are crucial. Creating the best healing environment is just common sense. I recommend, stay away from sugar. Hydrate all day long for better electrical conductivity. Drink calming tea like chamomile or kava-kava to help keep stress low and manage anxiety. Walk to keep lymphatic flow moving. Use food based supplements like fish oil, nutrient dense greens and fruit powders, nitric oxide drinks like beet juice and the nutritional supplement vinpocetine for cognitive protection and to improve circulation in the brain.
What is post-concussion syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome refers to the lingering symptoms following a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s also known as post-concussive syndrome. This condition is typically diagnosed when a person who has recently suffered a head injury continues to feel certain symptoms following a concussion. These often include dizziness, fatigue, brain-fog, headaches, sleeplessness, etc. Post-concussion syndrome can begin to occur within days of the head injury or in many cases it can sometimes take weeks for the symptoms to appear.
How does post-concussion syndrome manifests and progress?
The pathophysiology of ongoing symptoms from the original concussion injury may reflect multiple causes: anatomic, neuro-metabolic, and physiologic. Long term prognosis if left untreated can result into debilitating physical and mental/emotional disorders. The brain shrinks and becomes deformed over time causing dementia like symptoms. Studies show that people who suffer a concussion may be three times more likely to commit suicide years after their brain injury. Repeated concussions are known to cause lasting injuries to the brain and have an impact on long-term brain health that affect brain chemistry, increasing the risk of mood disorders that can lead to suicide.
What are the symptoms?
Ongoing symptoms reflect either a prolonged version of the concussion or a manifestation of other processes, such as cervical injury, migraine headaches, depression, chronic pain, vestibular dysfunction, visual dysfunction, or a combination of conditions.
As an integrative therapist I have many tools in my toolbox. Getting fast and lasting results is the core of my 25 + year practice in San Francisco. My motto has always been “Just getting out of pain is not enough. The reestablishment of strength, flexibility and proper biomechanics is essential for good health.” As it pertains to concussions and my coaching work, I root out and eliminate the core causes and use tools that have a high impact and do it in the shortest amount of time.
My clients include people from all walks of life and athletes on all levels treating physical injuries and equally important treating the mental/emotional injuries that result from the injury itself.
To quote the late great Dr. John E. Sarno; “All physicians should be practitioners of “holistic medicine” in the sense that they recognize the interaction between mind and body. To leave the emotional dimension out of the study of health and illness is poor medicine and poor science.”
The first effective treatment for concussion is Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) as it removes the concussion from the body/mind. Since the memory of the trauma is stored in the body/mind it’s important to remove the effects of concussion from the brain. It’s similar to rebooting your computer when it is not functioning correctly and not processing information effectively. Control alt delete is in fact what the Frequency Specific Microcurrent does for our brain. The science behind Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is extensive. In a scholarly article published by the Cleveland Clinic, FSM works by potentially increasing the production of the substance ATP in injured tissues. ATP is the major source of energy for all cellular reactions in the body. Because treatment with FSM can increase ATP production by as much as 500% in damaged tissues, this may help with the recovery process.
Facts about FSM:
- Increases ATP (the body’s own chemical energy) production by up to 500%
- Reduces Cox-mediated inflammation by approximately 60%
- Increases protein synthesis by 70%
- Increases amino acid transport by up to 40%
- Remodels and transforms scar tissue
- Increases “feel good” Beta endorphin levels
- Helps restore depleted adrenal function
- Reduces fracture repair time by up to 50%
- Enhances DNA synthesis, insulin binding, oxygenation, cellular repair, intracellular calcium uptake and immune function
- Enhances neuromuscular recovery rate between events
I combine FSM and PowerTapping (the technique from my groundbreaking book) “Anything Is Possible – The Art and Science of Tapping Into Your Power”.
PowerTapping (a meridian based technique) has been described by some as one of the most important breakthroughs in the area of psychology in this century and successfully used by thousands of people with a broad range of difficulties and is becoming known to many amazed users as a modern miracle. It can dramatically relieve mental/emotional disturbances along with many physical symptoms. It works in minutes and the results are permanent by putting back in a positive belief once the negative belief is removed. Tapping techniques are versatile and are being used confidently by therapists on clients with successes on even the most difficult problems.
Combination of PowerTapping and Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)
Every cell in our body is made up of molecules, which are made up of atoms, which are made up of energy. Our bodies are made of molecules, which are made up of atoms, which are made up of energy. Everything has a vibrational frequency that is unique to the structure with these atoms vibrating at various rates of frequency and manifesting themselves in our skeletal structure, organs, glands, and fluids. As these energy systems become unbalanced, the body begins to malfunction and we experience fatigue, pain, and disease. PowerTapping is a technique that enables us to access the sub-conscious mind – our body’s bio-computer to determine, locate, and correct energetic imbalances. PowerTapping is simply tapping into the subconscious mind (the storage place of our belief system) and eliminating limiting beliefs and replacing them with beliefs that support an intended result.
Our body is just like a computer. Every molecule in every cell stores memories of trauma, disease and all lifestyle stress. PowerTapping gives us a direct means of accessing that computer so we can identify the underlying cause of the problem and energetically release it. The meridians are portals into the body/mind. Applying a PowerTapping sequence (algorithm) on the meridian points help clear any blocks causing distress in the energetic body.
Energy blockages are released through balancing vibrational energy points associated with the organs, glands and systems of the body. Healing occurs on a cellular level rather than symptomatic relief.
PowerTapping is encompassed under this banner of Energy Medicine/ Energy Psychology. Like all of the forms of Energy Medicine it was adapted from Applied Kinesiology and the principles inherent in Chinese medicine and the Meridian System which have been practiced for thousands of years.
Most forms of energy medicine have only been known since the mid 1980’s, but they are based on firm groundwork of Eastern medicine that stretches back at least 5000 years. Acupuncture, chakras, the subtle energies, yoga, gi gong, and applied kinesiology are the theoretical underpinnings. The newer field of quantum physics and the electrical experiments of Tesla have led to a further understanding of why these techniques work.
All of these systems work by accessing the more primitive parts of the brain and therefore work on the subconscious processes rather than focusing on the cognitive and conscious prefrontal cortex. It also accesses the subtle energies of the acupressure / acupuncture points and the meridian system in Chinese medicine.
Because of this, change is often more rapid, less painful, and more complete than traditional talk therapy.
Some physicians, such as one of the founders of the American Holistic Medical Association, C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, are making statements such as “Energy medicine is the future of all medicine.” Mehmet C. Oz, MD, the popular Oprah guest known as “Dr. Oz” has said that “Energy Medicine is the next big thing.” And according to Deepak Chopra, MD, “We are each a localized field of energy and information with cybernetic feedback loops interacting within a non-local field of energy and information.”
Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) runs the most popular alternative health web site on the planet, and is an avid proponent of tapping, he has stated on Twitter that “An option for excellent pain relief without any of the health hazards that typical pain relievers carry is Meridian Tapping Technique or MTT.”
There is a better way to fully recover from concussions and it requires no drugs, surgeries or long lasting psychotherapy – it’s FSM and PowerTapping. When PowerTapping and Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatments are combined – the results are rapid and amazing. The microcurrent addresses and cleans up the physical manifestations of the trauma and the PowerTapping addresses and cleans up the mental and emotional manifestations of the trauma. It’s essential to address both for full recovery.
My success working with concussion injuries and post-concussion syndrome is extensive and my client testimonials are many – from auto accidents, falls and athletes of all ages and all sports – from the playground, casual weekend warriors to professional athletes…
“Robert knows and understands an athlete’s mind and body. He helps me recover faster, perform better and stay healthy. I view Robert as one of my secret weapons.”
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This post was written by Robert Rudelic