Concussions and other Brain injuries can be treat
From a blow to the head to the body being hit or shaken, the brain will be injured if brain cell connections are broken apart. When brain cell pathways are torn and separated, there are fewer messages that can travel from one part of the brain to another.
People often do not recognize there has been a concussion or mild brain injury, when the injury is not very severe. Overlooking brain trauma can result in a very serious problem. If undiagnosed in children, a concussion can slow down brain development. In a person of any age, a concussion can cause much more severe damage, if there has been a previous brain injury. Additional brain trauma means greater damage over time. A large number of professional football players, with their long history of blows to the body and head, have been identified with a form of degenerative dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
It is important to learn to recognize brain injury symptoms. Be aware that a person may or may not have hit their head, and they may or may not have been knocked unconscious. Typical symptoms include:
- Headaches, nausea, dizziness, balance and coordination difficulties
- Slow responses, reading problems, poor organization, memory and concentration
- Fatigue, poor sleep, light sensitivity, hypersensitivity to sound
- Angry outbursts, anxiety, depression, irritability or crying spells
- Difficulty speaking and understanding conversation
The iLs Focus Can Help Heal a Brain Injury
The iLs Focus’ specialized musical frequencies provide a gentle way to move toward better brain function. Traveling through the auditory system in the ears to the brainstem and eventually to the cortex of the brain, the sound energy stimulates the brain to grow more neural pathways. In an injured brain, healthy cells will grow dendrites or branches which reach around the damaged region and connect with other healthy cells. In time, new connections among brain cells can restore some or all of the communication among brain regions that were lost during the tearing of the neural pathways.
Visual-Motor-Balance Activities Hasten the Process
Doing the iLs Focus’ visual, motor and balance activities while listening to the musical frequencies hastens the healing process in the brain. Hebb’s Law, named after an important figure in brain research, states that “neurons that fire together, wire together”. When the brain is being stimulated by exercising the ears, eyes, balance (vestibular) and motor systems all at the same time, even more brain pathways are activated for the repair and restoration of functions damaged by the brain injury.
Success After 3 Concussions
Eboni, now a highly ranked volleyball player in her high school age group, suffered three concussions by 7th grade. Accustomed to getting A’s in school, Eboni came to Brain Works suffering from low school performance due to the aftereffects of her concussions – poor auditory processing, fatigue, headaches, difficulty focusing and reading difficulties. Once an enjoyable activity, reading for pleasure and for school was all but impossible for Eboni. Her parents and teachers were greatly concerned about the deterioration of her academic skills and her physical discomfort.
At Brain Works, Eboni did auditory training combined with visual-motor-balance training, cognitive activities and language training with a microphone and headphones that fed her voice back to her ears.
By the time her program ended, Eboni had overcome her headaches, fatigue, auditory processing problems, and reading difficulties. Her attention span was on the upswing. Eboni was able to comprehend lectures again (auditory processing). She was reading books for pleasure, and her school performance rocketed back. Eboni returned to playing volleyball where she found her focus during the game, coordination, depth perception and reaction time were improving beyond what she had ever experienced before.
Eboni’s recovery is a testimony to the power of the brain training and auditory training offered at Brain Works to restore communication among brain cells for improved functioning. Treatment for concussions and other brain injuries is available by using the iLs Focus and other brain training equipment from Brain Works. Contact us today at 352-332-2420.