A recent study has shown that elite soccer players had healthier autonomic nervous systems as measured by heart rate variability of HRV. Heart rate variability (HRV) is an excellent reflection of overall brain health and neurological function. A healthier autonomic nervous system provides an individual with better vision, hearing, cognition, psychological resilience and emotional
By the very fact that a head injury (otherwise known as a mTBI, mild traumatic brain injury or concussion) is labeled as “mild”, there is good reason that health care professionals and the public should expect the injury have little long term impact on one’s health. In fact, these “mild” injuries have now been
A recent study of young athletes with and without prior concussion found that those who previously experienced a concussion still had MRI evidence of decreased cerebral perfusion (i.e., brain blood flow) and brain volumes predominantly in the frontotemporal regions of the brain 2 years after the injury(ies). This discovery of poor cerebral perfusion persisting
A recent study has highlighted a link between pre-injury somatization scores with post-concussion symptom duration. Baseline symptom scores have also been shown to worsen post-injury verbal and visual memory. Some suggest that these pre-injury somatic complaints alter how someone experiences their concussion or how they report their symptoms afterward. I would like to suggest
A growing body of scientific studies are suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts, flax, wild fish, and grass fed beef can lead to the reduction of abnormal inflammation and restore a wide variety of cellular functioning within the body. A recent study has shown that long term omega-3 fatty acid supplementation coupled
A recent paper has highlighted a confusing aspect of brain injury research. This study asked several hundred people to take a survey designed to detect if symptoms of a past traumatic brain injury (TBI) are still present. In those with a history of a TBI, 31% still had enough symptoms after 1 year to
Most concussion programs just try to avoid other factors that might make the brain injury worse. The Autonomic Advantage Brain Recovery Program actually turns on repair mechanisms that activates repair mechanisms and results in recovery of brain damage that wouldn’t of healed otherwise. Think you still might underlying damage from a prior brain injury?
Neuroinflammation is inflammation within the nervous system and includes activation of immune cells (particularly microglia) and non-immune cells, as well as increases in inflammatory mediators (including cytokines.) It has long been known that production of cytokines is increased in the brain following traumatic brain injury. A recent paper adds to the continuing stream of
Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation is a very important tool in our traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury treatment regimens. Watch this screencast to get a better idea what it is all about.
The accompanying graphic illustrates how a sequence of brain trauma may or may not result in brain damage. Neurological damage from emotional or physical traumas will accumulate when microglia (i.e., white blood cells within the central nervous) are primed with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). LPS is a chemical released into the blood stream when humans develop