If you review the treatment protocols for concussion or brain injury, you will discover that there ARE no treatments.
Every hospital corporation and clinic touts a treatment plan which, when completed, the patient is said to be able to “return to play.” So lets take a look at a couple of these. Then I’ll let you hear from actual patients and their experiences.
The Mayo Clinic recommends:
Physical and mental rest. Here’s the quote: In the first few days after a concussion, relative rest is the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover. Limit activities that require thinking and mental concentration, such as playing video games, watching TV, doing schoolwork, reading, texting or using a computer.
And you also should avoid physical activities that increase any of your symptoms, such as general physical exertion, sports or any vigorous movements, until these activities no longer provoke your symptoms.
After a period of relative rest, it’s recommended that you gradually increase daily activities such as screen time if you can tolerate them without triggering symptoms. You should avoid any activities that have a high risk of exposure to another head impact until you are fully recovered.
To manage pain, use a pain reliever such as acetaminophen like Tylenol. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin, which may increase the risk of bleeding.
That’s the MAYO. You notice these recommendations do not include any medications or supplements. Essentially, just “don’t do anything and let your brain heal.” Which is to say “we don’t know how to heal your brain.”
Cleveland Clinic has the same protocol:
“You need physical and mental rest to recover from a concussion. Although you’ll need more rest and sleep than normal, you don’t need 100% complete rest. In fact, research has shown that too much mental rest can actually lengthen the recovery period and make you more sensitive to activities when you return to them.
Instead of stopping activities entirely, learn to recognize the triggers that bring on concussion symptoms. Start back slowly, in small amounts. When symptoms occur, back off and rest.” “After a concussion is diagnosed, if pain medication is needed, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is a safe option.”
- Watching television.
- Playing video games.
- Listening to loud music.
- Doing any physical activity.
Again, while these protocols may help with letting the brain heal itself, they offer nothing that would “HEAL THE BRAIN”. And they offer no objective testing that might determine how much brain damage was done by the concussion.
Folks, there is so much more than this. In the 21st century, we should be able to heal the brain and yes, we can. And we should have technology by now that shows whether the micro-connections are working, and yes, we do! There is a test that can quantify the extent of the damage to brain function, and not only that, but it can demonstrate the progression of the brain healing.
We shouldn’t have to GUESS that the patient is able to “RETURN TO PLAY”. And there are regenerative neurochemistries that naturally occur in the brain that can be enhanced to promote more rapid healing, even years after the injury.
So these questions remain unanswered:
How do we know when the brain has healed and the patient can return to normal activities “RETURN TO PLAY” which is the usual phrase?
How do we determine the extent of the brain damage or put another way how serious an injury was it? MRI and CAT scans are almost never helpful because the concussion damage is microscopic.
How do we know if there isn’t some hidden residual damage that may cause problems later? That’s a question that I get most often from parents.