March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Over 5 million Americans (just over 2% of the population) currently live with a disability resulting from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries are unpredictable in their consequences. A brain injury affects who we are, the way we think, act, and feel. It can change aspects of us in a matter of seconds. It is important to remember that no two brain injuries are alike, the effects can vary from person to person. A brain Injury can cause many issues depending on the severity of the injury.
Effects of Mild to Moderate Brain Injury
- Cognitive problems
- Making bad business & personal choices
- Mood problems
- Difficulty or slowness with speaking, reading, or thinking
- Lack of energy/motivation
- Anxiety and depression
- Change in sleep habits
- Dizziness, loss of balance and feeling light-headed
Associated Issues from Mild to Moderate Brain Injury
- Leaky gut
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Maladaptive stress syndrome
- Hypopituitarism, or an underfunctioning pituitary gland
Prevention of Brain Injury
As always, the best treatment is prevention. Always remember to protect your head when doing activities that increase the risk of a head/brain injury. Activities where a helmet or headgear are recommended and can make a life-saving difference if injury occurs are: cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, scooter riding, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, baseball, softball, football, hockey, and horseback riding.
Treatment for Brain Injury
Once you have a brain injury the journey through recovery can be a long one. Of injuries to any part of the body, the brain can take the longest time to recover. Maintaining good health practices and taking brain-boosting supplements such as fish oil, magnesium, zinc, tumeric, and antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, selenium and beta-carotene can help the brain recover.
Healing from a brain injury is a slow process and fortunately at Emerge Natural Health Care we have treatment options that can help including:
- LENS neurofeedback
- Gut repair protocols
- Specific dietary and nutritional supplementation plans
- Botanical preparations
Schedule an Appointment
If you or someone you know has had a brain injury and needs help, call Emerge Natural Health Care at (360) 787-3615.
For more information on brain injuries, visit the Brain Injury Association of America.