The Invisible Struggle

Concussions can yield profound and lasting effects, altering both mental and physical health. The individual who once was vibrant and active may become withdrawn, struggling with invisible traumas that strain relationships, disrupt family life, and challenge overall well-being.

When a woman suffers a concussion, her day-to-day existence may oscillate between fight-or-flight responses and a paralyzing frozen state. Work, eating, and sleep become paramount, leaving little room for personal growth and interaction. So, what precisely happens when we sustain a concussion?

Our brains are wired for survival. In response to danger, we either flee or freeze. A concussion can trigger this stress response in our primitive limbic system, leaving it locked in a perpetual state of alarm. Women with a history of head injury or trauma frequently experience weight gain, alongside a plethora of other symptoms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, brain fatigue, memory loss, tinnitus, blurred vision, dizziness, and headaches.

While assessment is vital, the focus on treatment is often insufficient. Medical practitioners may prescribe medications that manage symptoms, but fail to address the root cause. This inadequate approach may exacerbate chronic stress and cranial nerve compression, worsening symptoms in the long run.

Commonly prescribed medications include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, sleeping pills, and pain pills. However, their effectiveness varies and can further alter the brain and trigger unwanted side effects. For instance, the physical trauma affecting the brain may render antidepressants ineffective, and fascial restrictions may exacerbate anxiety.

Frequently, women hear dismissive phrases such as, “It’s all in your head,” encouraging them to see psychologists. Although this statement holds some truth—concussions do indeed affect the brain—it neglects the fact that physiological changes, such as compression of the skull by fascial and muscular structures, are responsible for emotional disruptions and metabolic dysfunction.

So, what can be done to mitigate the impact of a concussion?

Self-Care Solutions:
1. Breathe: Deep, nose-driven breathing stimulates the brain nerves and aids in recovery.
2. Movement: Regular movement breaks down fascial fibers, increases circulation, and prevents detrimental postural habits.
3. Hydration: Since every thought and movement requires water, aim for 2-4 liters daily, alongside electrolytes for optimal absorption.

Some Treatment Solutions:

1. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: This approach helps rewire the brain and manage traumatic memories.
2. Neurofeedback: It supports the brain’s communication efficiency and promotes relaxation.
3. Fascial Therapy: Trained professionals from the Fascia Training Institute can help alleviate physical tensions.
4. Meditation and Breathwork: Guided practices available for free online can help manage stress.
5. Brain Support Supplements: Discuss these options with your healthcare provider to determine the best regimen for you.

It is time for women to receive better education and support around concussions. Even when doctors and therapists seem unsure about how to proceed, the crucial first step is self-advocacy. Recognize when something feels “off” and understand that these feelings often trace back to a traumatic injury or emotional event.

In the quest to heal our brains and bodies, remember, you’re not alone. Reach out and connect with us at the Fascia Training Institute on Facebook. Let’s journey together towards comprehensive healing and improved brain health.

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