Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries and concussions can be debilitating injuries with lifelong consequences. Most concussions resolve of their own in a short period of time. When symptoms do not fully resolve, those that remain are classified as post-concussion syndrome.

These remaining symptoms can range from mild to catastrophic. Traumatic brain injury survivors often experience severe headaches, destabilizing dizziness, light-headedness and vertigo, crippling fatigue, painful light and sound sensitivity, and incapacitating brain fog. They regularly suffer from memory loss, and struggle even to find the words to communicate. Multi-tasking is no longer an option, and even simple task completion often becomes impossible.

Often these symptoms never resolve, despite extensive therapy from numerous physicians and therapists. Brain injury survivors are forced to redefine their goals and expectations. as they struggle to accept their level of reduced function as their new normal. Despite the best efforts of them and their healthcare team, they find that simple tasks can remain profound challenges, and are overwhelmed with sensory stimulus when they try to function in the world. They slowly withdraw from engaging fully in life, and they gradually lose hope.

While there are myriad ways that the brain can be damaged, we find that most of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injuries derive from a failure of integration within the brain. The primary function of your brain is to make sense of where you are in the environment, so that you can adapt to the world appropriately. Your brain does this with visual, vestibular (inner ear), and proprioceptive (muscle and joint) pathways. It needs to use all of these pathways simultaneously to create a coherent unconscious picture of where the world is, and where you are in relation to gravity and the environment. These pathways include long, thin, and fragile fibers that project from all over the brain down into the brainstem. This is unfortunately the area that takes the most torque and stress from the multivectorial shearing forces that develop with rapid acceleration and rotation of the head. This disrupts these pathways and damages their integration. They no longer say the same thing about where the body is in relation to the world, and the brain must struggle to resolve the mismatch between the senses. This can be profoundly fatiguing, robs resources from cognitive pathways, and provokes the majority of post-concussive symptoms.

This is why we created the NeuroRestoration Program. We find solutions to your complex neurological problems by using cutting-edge diagnostics and examination procedures to find the root of your dysfunction. We use gold-standard neurodiagnostic technologies to precisely quantify all of the relevant aspects of your visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems. More importantly, we analyze how they work together, in order to determine what circumstances provoke their failure and devise strategies to make them work in unison again. Most importantly, we determine the precise fatigue thresholds of these pathways, and create programs to rebuild your functional endurance. We create customized programs of rehabilitation that are unique to your brain and your condition. We assess all aspects of your problem, and find methods to address each and every one. We address the root causes of your problem, in order to get you better faster, with less effort and fewer symptom flares along the way.

It’s never too late to start getting better.