I had a wonderful opportunity to attend an integrative neurobiology conference a few weeks ago in Scottsdale, Arizona! I’m always looking for ways to find healing solutions to health concerns without long term reliance on medications, if able. This conference was a great opportunity to do just that!
With any new patient, I always assess brain function and the history of potential brain injuries, including history of motor vehicle accidents, concussions, military service (a lot of whiplash and explosive brain trauma that we forget about), collisions from sports or other events, and dementia type symptoms that people can experienced throughout life.
Head injuries were not taken as seriously years ago. Football players would resume play in the same game without evaluation, kids would be concussed from sports and not receive evaluation, service women/men would receive head trauma and not report injuries. This still frequently happens, but luckily there is a lot more research behind the long term implications of concussions and brain injuries. When someone sustains a concussion for the first time, it actually predisposes them to having more concussions in the future as well as lifelong problems such as mental health disorders (ie: depression), cognitive disorders and conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
What are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)?
Overall, TBIs are serious injuries and it is important to heal the wounds as they occur to prevent long term brain damage, cognition and behavioral problems down the road. If you or someone you know, has experienced a concussion or TBI, talk with your provider about starting the above treatment regimen. The sooner you start, the better chances of full recovery.
I recommend checking out my website at www.viveivtherapy.com to read more about HBOT therapy.
As always, if you are experiencing daily symptoms (physical or emotional), don’t give up. Keep digging until you find the root cause of your symptoms.
Stephanie Grutz, ARNP, FNP-C