A concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect force to the head and is the most common type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions are the most urgent concern in the NFL and other contact sports at this very moment. An estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreational related concussions occur in the United States each year. Chris Borland, a 24 year old standout linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, retired in the prime of his career due to concussion concerns and many parents are forbidding their children to play contact sports as well.
What Is A Concussion?
To keep this very simple a concussion is simply a hematoma or a bruise that occurs in the fascia that covers the brain. This fascia is called the dura mater and it covers the brain and the spinal cord. A concussion is no different than a bruise to a muscle, except it occurs in the cranium. A blow to a muscle causes trauma to the tissue in which blood vessels are damaged allowing blood to seep into the surrounding tissue. The major difference is muscles continue to get “pumped” via the joints above and below. However, in a concussion without proper treatment of the skull, the fascia adheres to the surrounding tissue and stagnation of the fluids occurs. Remember this rule… “the day the fluid stops flowing in your body is the day you die.” Of course this is the extreme extent of the saying. But, if the flow of fluid in the body is hindered in any way, this can increase the chance of cancer or other diseases.
Affect on Cerebral Spinal Fluid
Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is clear, colorless bodily fluid found in the brain and spine. Consider CSF as LIFE. CSF serves many functions such as protection of the brain, biochemical stability, controls intracranial pressure and cleans metabolic toxins from the body just to name a few. Concussions can have a major impact on the production, flow and reabsorption of CSF. Without proper management of cerebral spinal fluid, life would cease to exist.
How Concussions Are Treated
Concussions today are simply treated with medications, ice, rest and a “wait and see” attitude, with gradual return to activity. I totally understand the rest principle but the extended use of ice and the do-nothing approach is silly at best and detrimental to the dura mater of the brain. The important goal after receiving a concussion is to get the fluid moving as soon as possible and to ice and do nothing is the absolute opposite.
How Should A Concussion Be Treated?
Once a concussion has occurred the first order of priority is to assess the severity of the concussion. Once the person is stable, it is imperative to immediately begin work on the cranial diaphragm. Most medical practitioners don’t believe the bones of the skull move. However, I am here to say they are terribly misinformed. This past weekend I learned 41 cranial diaphragm techniques from Dr. Guy Voyer focused on treatment of the dura mater and the ventricles of the brain that contain the cerebral spinal fluid. These techniques are gentle but extremely powerful and can be implemented on anyone.
Contact H3 Today
If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion contact H3 today and do not delay. The sooner the cranial diaphragm is treated the better.
Better Body. Better Life.
Dan Hellman, MSPT, C.H.E.K Faculty