A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain is able to function. Brain injuries occur when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.
Causes of brain injuries may include falls, vehicle-related collisions, violence, sports injuries, explosive blasts, or other combat injuries. More common causes are mini-traumas in sports, like football or soccer.
Symptoms of concussions may include headache or feeling pressure in the head, temporary loss of consciousness, difficulty with balance, confusion, slurred speech, nausea, or fatigue.
Symptoms of brain injuries may include sensitivity to light or sound, mood changes, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, loss of coordination, seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, weakness, or numbness in fingers and toes.
A.M.I.T. ® Explanation: There are two primary parts to the human skull: the facial made up of 15 bones, and the cranial vault, which consists of 8 bones. They are separated by small cracks called sutures. Historically, it has been felt these sutures fuse at a very young age; however, these sutures are still visible on a dry bone skull specimen in older people, indicating the sutures are not fused. There is a large body of evidence in the field of osteopathy focusing on correcting restrictions in the motion within the cranial sutures. The sutures allow the cranial bones to move each time we breathe. This is the foundation of “Cranial Sacral Therapy” used by Osteopaths. When these sutures are jammed due to trauma, the brain and cerebral fluid flow are adversely affected and are the cause of many symptoms associated with concussions. In this situation, cranial release “Nasal Specific” therapy is the most effective corrective treatment, leading to rapid recovery.