March is Brain injury awareness month

For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has proudly led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.

The theme for this year is Change Your Mind.

We, as providers at Apex, would like to take time in this blog to educate you a little bit about brain injuries and about the courageous brain injury survivors who live their lives daily, but differently than before.

Cool stats about the brain

What you need to know:

  • A concussion is a mild form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Common symptoms of a brain injury can include, but not limited to:
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Cognitive delays
  • Brain fog
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual

Length of Recovery:

In most cases, concussions and mild brain injuries recover within 7-10 days from the injury. During this healing phase, it is important to rest with slow return to activity. Healing can also look different in each case and will change with additional blows to the head.

If symptoms persist longer than a month, it is termed post-concussion syndrome. It is important to get proper care with skilled and trained providers to allow proper healing. Mild brain injuries do NOT show up on imaging (MRI or CT scan). If your scan comes back “normal” and you are still having symptoms, know you are not alone and that there is help and you don’t have to live with your symptoms!

Depending on your symptoms, you may need a brain injury care team that can correspond together to address this multifactorial injury. The care team may consist of providers in neurology, neuro-opthamlology, cognitive therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling, psychiatry, etc.

Apex has TWO certified brain injury specialists that are passionate about brains and proper healing processes. Therapies at Apex take a manual/hands on approach to treatment and care with a majority of most sessions consisting with a treatment called Craniosacral therapy (CST). CST focuses on the proper flow of the cerebral spinal fluid in the brain and down the spinal cord. With impact or head injuries, this flow can be slowed or sludgy which can impact brain function. CST trained therapists have the ability to feel this flow or rhythm and try to restore it to proper movement through very gentle and light touch. CST therapists are able to address overstimulation in the brain and spinal cord, which has been found beneficial to decrease symptoms after a brain injury.

Other areas that can be addressed at apex include; vestibular function (vertigo/dizziness), balance, abnormal walking (feelings of staggering/veering, being on a boat), eye movements, fatigue, headaches, nausea, motion sensitivity, and light/sound sensitivity.

We hope you enjoyed learning about your brain! If you feel like you want to get checked because of persistent symptoms, please call our office today or email at office@apexptwellness.com to set up a consult or chat with a therapist and we will take the first step with you to feeling better!

Now that you know a little about brain injuries and why we are passionate about treating our patients, let’s have a little fun.

About how much does the brain weigh?

    1. 2 pounds
    2. 3 pounds
    3. 4 pounds
    4. 5 pounds

Answer: 3 pounds. At birth your brain weighs 1 pound. Elementary school age is about 2 pounds. Adult weight= 3 pounds. Your brain is about the size of a grapefruit, shaped like a walnut, and is a pinkish gray color.

How many “soda cans” of blood flow through your brain?

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4

Answer: 36 ounces, which equals C. 3 full soda cans of blood.

True or False: you only use 10 percent of your brain

    1. Answer: False. T
      his is a myth. We actually use 100% of the brain, but not all at once.

True or False: The brain has 3 main parts

    1. Answer: True.
      The cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem

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