Auto Accidents and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries)

Have you ever been in an auto accident? Even a minor fender bender can leave you feeling rattled, sore, and dealing with “jangley” nerves. It can also make it difficult to get behind the wheel again.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a whole other level of injury that should not be ignored. In our most recent blog about sports related concussions we reported that 5 to 8 percent of high school football players will suffer from a concussion this year. That is a really high statistic.

An even more alarming statistic is that over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident. Yikes! Please don’t discount the possibility that you or a loved one may have experienced a head injury. Keep an eye for the signs.

Keep in mind that any type of head injury could be a traumatic brain injury. It doesn’t take a major car accident or hard tackle to cause one. Falling off a bike, slipping on a wet floor, or hitting your head on something like a table or coat hook stuck in the wall.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Don’t Always Present Right Away

A client of ours reported that her father-in-law was in a car accident earlier this year. He got an x-ray and treatment immediately even though he didn’t remember hitting his head. The doctors didn’t see any indication of trauma, his head didn’t hurt, and he was feeling alright. A couple of weeks later he started to experience slight balance issues and mild headaches. An MRI showed severe bleeding on the brain and he was admitted to surgery that day. We are happy to report he has made a full recovery even though they gave him a pretty bad haircut :) But joking aside, this is a good example of symptoms showing up later, even to the doctors.

It is really important to be vigilant about symptoms, even several weeks after an accident.

5 Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

  1. Concussion. The most common type of brain injury but often overlooked. A concussion occurs when your brain strikes the inside of your skull as a result of a sudden change in movement or momentum, such as during a car crash (or colliding in sports).

  2. Contusion. A bruise on the brain that typically results from direct impact to the head. Contusions can occur if the driver hits his or her head on something like the steering wheel or window. Contusions can also occur if you are is struck by an object flying through the car.

  3. Penetration. A penetrating head wound is exactly what is sounds like. An object, usually with some force, penetrates your skull. We aware that objects inside a vehicle can become dangerous projectiles in an accident.

  4. Diffuse axonal. This commonly occurs in high speed accidents where the head injury is caused by severe rotation or shaking. Such as when the vehicle stops abruptly upon impact and the brain is not moving as fast as the skull.

  5. Coup-contrecoup. A coup-contrecoup injury occurs when the brain jerks suddenly within the skull. This is more common in common in extremely violent or forceful accidents , such as a rollover. The impact causes the brain to suddenly strike both inner sides of the skull, damaging both sides of the brain.

Post-Accident Chiropractic Care Aides in the Healing Process

Chiropractic Care can be invaluable after car accidents. Even minor ones where you were “merely” jostled about and a bit sore. If you are not hospitalized for severe injuries we recommend visiting a chiropractor within a day or two of your accident.

The transformation you can experience could be quite unexpected. Your “trick knee” that acts up from time to time may not even hurt after an adjustment. Your sore neck maybe stop bothering you. The low grade tension headache you’ve had since the accident could easily vanish. . Accidents happen very quickly and your mind not be able to process all the things that your body goes through. Your chiropractor can help adjust everything and get you back to feeling better sooner.

If you are in a more serious accident and need time to recover from surgeries and therapy, we encourage you to include chiropractic care into your recovery plan as soon it makes sense and your primary care doctor clears you for it.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help with Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Your brain and nervous system are the pilot and co-pilot of your entire body. They tell the rest of the body what to do. The delivery method of this communication is the proper flow of cerebro-spinal fluid which is regulated by the joints in your spine and neck. If your neck or spine is mis-aligned or pinched than the fluid can’t reach back to the brain properly and communication breaks down. This can affect brain function.

By restoring proper spinal function, your nerves and spinal fluids can flow properly. If the brain is receiving it’s messages properly it can heal more effectively.

Your body also won’t have to work as hard to hear if it is properly aligned.

If you have been in an accident and suffered a head injury, contact Moore Health and Healing. Our chiropractic team has helped people of all ages recover from accidents and enjoy life again.

Align your body. Balance your brain. Heal your life.

What you need to know about concussions

As summer begins to wind down, the days become shorter, children start getting excited to start a new school year, and the first thing I think about is FOOTBALL! The second thing I think about is….concussions. With more and more young people playing contact sports, the concussion rates among student athletes continue to rise. According to UPMC Sports Medicine, 5 to 8 percent of high school football players will suffer from a concussion this year. That is a frightening statistic for our young student athletes.

Concussions are extremely complex injuries with a wide range of symptoms as well as outcomes, which is why half of concussions go unreported or undetected. When we experience a concussion, the brain cells become damaged, causing chemical and cellular changes. The most common cause of a concussion is a hard, direct hit to the head in contact sports. However, it can also happen from an indirect hit that still causes your head to severely jerk, like a whiplash injury from a car accident.

Some symptoms a person might experience from a concussion are:

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain that does not go away

  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering

  • Slowness in speaking, thinking, acting, or reading

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Mood changes for no reason

  • Changes in sleep patterns (having difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much)

  • Nausea

  • Blurred vision

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Increased sensitivity to light and sounds

 All of these symptoms are a sign of altered brain function. This can be a very serious issue if not treated properly and can increase your risk of getting another concussion if you resume normal activity too quickly. Seek immediate medical care after any acute head trauma to rule out anything serious.

After that, find a professional who can take care of your skull and spine’s alignment to ensure the best recovery, and prevent the damaging effects of future head trauma. Did you know that your skull is not just one round bone, but actually consists of 8 cranial bones and 14 facial bones? Realigning these 22 bones of the head along with the spine after trauma ensures proper blood flow and nerve flow to the brain so that it can heal properly. 

Align your body. Balance your brain. Heal your life. 

Whole Veterans Act

Have you heard about the most recent bill passed by the VA? It’s called the Whole Veteran Act. What I love about the title of this bill is the word “whole.” In the past, the VA has not treated the “whole” person: mind, body, soul. With this new bill, the VA has finally recognized that there is a national public health crisis that needs to be addressed by early interventions in mental healthcare. This will allow congress to do a better job in providing our veterans with the mental health resources and tools needed to get on the path to recovery.

 “Physical, emotional, and mental health needs are all interconnected, and it is essential that Whole Health programs and treatments focus on the whole veteran instead of concentrating on an isolated condition,” said Representative Conor Lamb. Twenty veterans die by suicide every day. This is unacceptable.“If we're serious about reducing veteran suicide, we must provide veterans access to programs that promote overall mental health and wellness,” said House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41).  “That’s why I’m proud to support Congressman Lamb’s bill that will ensure VA’s holistic health care programming is available and accessible for our veterans regardless of where they live.”

Services covered by this act include:

  • massage

  • chiropractic

  • acupuncture

  • guided imagery

  • meditation

  • yoga

  • equine services

  • whole health clinician services

  • other holistic treatments

If you or a loved one is interested in receiving chiropractic services from Moore Life Health and Healing please follow the steps provided below:

1) Schedule your visit at the VA clinic with your primary care doctor.

2) Request authorization to see Dr. Ryan Moore at Moore Life Health and Healing.

3) VA doctor will grant the authorization.

4) The VA will contact Moore Life Health and Healing to schedule your first visit.

We look forward to helping you and your family achieve Moore health and healing.

How to protect your skin AND the ocean this summer

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With summer right around the corner, it’s time to talk about keeping our skin safe from those powerful rays. We all know that sun has damaging effects to the skin (more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined) but did you know that an estimated 90% of the signs of aging are caused by the sun?! So not only does the sun have an effect on our skin’s health but it also makes us look older faster! Do not fret though, I have some amazing safe sunscreens to share with you. 

 What do I mean by the term “safe” sunscreen. First, let’s talk about chemical vs. mineral sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s UV energy and release it back into the air as heat. The vast majority of sunscreens on the market contain chemical sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone or octocrylene. Mineral sunscreens on the other hand use particles like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that sit on the surface of the skin and scatter or reflect the sun’s rays away from the skin. Mineral sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin or anyone who doesn’t want toxic chemicals floating through their bloodstream. Not only are mineral sunscreens safer for our skin, they are safer for our oceans. In May 2018, Hawaii passed a law prohibiting the sale of sunscreens made with oxybenzone and octinoxate (chemical sunscreens) because of the devastating effects they were having on the coral reef. If these chemicals can kill the coral reef just think about what they are doing inside our bodies.

 If you are looking for an awesome mineral sunscreen check out these. My favorite is the Mineral Sunscreen Mist. It goes on easily and doesn’t irritate my skin. Happy sunning!