Neurological, Nerve Injuries and Concussion Recovery
By Jonathan Bowen,
April 29, 2015
Concussions and Brian Injuries
A dangerous and common sports injury is a concussion. A concussion is occurs when trauma such as a direct blow to the head, or an indirect blow to the body, causes the brain, which is encased in cerebral spinal fluid, to hit the cranium causing brain damage which results in neurological impairments
Symptoms usually reflect a functional disturbance to the brain, and may include physical (e.g., headaches, nausea), cognitive (e.g., difficulty with concentration or memory), emotional (e.g., irritability, sadness), and 'maintenance' (e.g., sleep disturbances, changes in appetite or energy levels) symptoms. A concussion is considered a brain injury.
A dangerous and common sports injury is a concussion. A concussion is trauma to the brain that comes from a direct hit to the head, or a hit to the body that will cause neurological damage (brain damage). A concussion can bring on headaches and vomiting, but also more subtle issues such as difficulty concentrating or remembering information (cognitive impairment). Concussions can also affect mood by inducing irritability or sadness. They also effect sleep and can sap energy levels.
The Neurons of the Brain
Neurons are the core components of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. They also make up the ganglia of the peripheral nervous system.
Neurons are electrically excitable cells that process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals. Neurons connect to each other to form neural networks. Sensory neurons which respond to touch, sound, light and all other stimuli affecting the cells of the sensory organs that then send signals to the spinal cord and brain. Motor neurons receive signals from the brain and spinal cord and cause muscle contractions and affect glandular outputs. Inter-neurons connect neurons to other neurons within the same region of the brain or spinal cord in neural networks.
The brain is the control center for the central nervous system. It is a complex organ that directs the activity of all other components of the body. The brain is composed of different lobes that are responsible for different functions.
All neurons are electrically excitable, maintaining voltage gradients across their membranes by means of metabolically driven ion pumps. Changes in the cross-membrane voltage can alter the function of voltage-dependent ion channels. If the voltage changes by a large enough amount, an all-or-nothing electrochemical pulse called an action potential is generated. This travels rapidly along the cell’s axon, and activates synaptic connections with other cells when it arrives.
PEMF assists neurological disorders because it stimulates neurons and thus brain cells to return to normal functioning frequencies.
For many years scientists have likened the human brain to a huge supercomputer, a physiologically static organ with hard-wired circuits. It was believed that sections of the brain were responsible for certain “processes” and if they were damaged these processes were permanently affected. For many years patients were treated this way. Dr. Norman Doidge in his book "The Brain that Changes Itself" writes the following:
“The scientific mind-set at the time assumed that the brain’s structure is fixed, and that our senses, the avenues by which experience gets into our minds are hardwired. This idea, which still has many adherents, is called “localizationism.” It’s closely related to the idea that the brain is like a complex machine, made up of parts, each of which performs a special mental function and exists in a genetically predetermined or hardwired location — hence the name. A brain that is hardwired, and in which each mental function has a strict location, leaves no room for plasticity… if one of those parts was damaged, nothing could be done to replace it; after all, machines don’t grow new parts.” (Doidge, Norman MD (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the frontiers of brain science. p13-14)
However, studies into development of the brain have uncovered the ability of the brain to rewire itself, termed neuroplasticity. The brain can remap itself after injury, even in adults.
Research has discovered brain activity for a given function can move to a different locating of the brain following injury:
“If you are driving from here to Milwaukee and the main bridge goes out, first you are paralyzed. Then you take old secondary roads through the farmland. Then you use these roads more; you find shorter paths to use to get where you want to go, and you start to get there faster. These "secondary" neural pathways are "unmasked" or exposed and strengthened as they are used. The "unmasking" process is generally thought to be one of the principal ways in which the plastic brain reorganizes itself." (Doidge, Norman MD (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the frontiers of brain science. p9)
Dr. Doidge writes about Dr Merzenich’s theories on neuroplasticity:
“Merzenich’s new theory was that neurons in brain maps develop strong connections tone another when they are activated at the same moment in time. And if maps could change, thought Merzenich, then there was reason to hope that people born with problems in brain map-processing areas — people with learning problems, psychological problems, strokes, or brain injuries — might be able to form new maps if he could help them form new neuronal connections, by getting their healthy neurons to fire together and wire together.” (Doidge, Norman MD (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the frontiers of brain science. p63)
In his second book “The Brain’s Way of Healing,” documents cases of patients who have taught their brains to deal with the damage restoring normal function to their lives through training and utilizing the brain’s neuroplasticity, or its ability to re-wire itself. This is true of degenerative diseases as well as sports injuries.
Nerve injuries occur when there is damage to the nervous system.
Neuropraxia is one type of nerve damage where the myelin sheath is effected, causing interruption in the messages being sent down the nerve fiber. The axon of the nerve, (which receives the messages), is still intact allowing partial messages to be received.
Axonotmesis involves injury to the neuronal axon and can cause paralysis, where loss of motor and sensory function is experienced, as messages cannot be received. This usually occurs in crush injuries. The axon can sometimes regenerate leading to recovery. To do this the nerve fibers must bridge the gap between the severed nerves.
Neurotmesis is the complete loss of nerve activity due to a complete break in the nerve which damages the nervous fiber and the axon. This will usually result in the complete loss of motor, sensory, and autonomic (subconscious transmission of information) function in the nerves.
Similar to brain injuries nerve regeneration is accelerated with PEMF which stimulates the rebuilidng of the nerve components to reconnect and regenerate at much advanced rate.
Curatron PEMF Devices and Brain Healing
The Curatron has the ability to penetrate deep into the skull and stimulate the brain tissue to operate more efficiently. This is critical in cases of neuroplasticity as the re-wiring of the brain circuitry requires the cells to function at optimal performance. The Curatron 3D envelopes the body in a bath of pulsed electro magnetic fields of upto 50,000 microTesla. When treating with the 3D and Butterfly Coil a penetration of 160,000 microTesla can be achieved. The Curatron 2000 XPSE and the Curatron 2000 PC will deliver a 100,000 microTesla energy medicine dose with the Very High Energy Coil (Type B). PEMF can reach the brain and stimulate the neurons to facilitate neuroplsticity and assist the treatment of injuries to the brain.
PEMF has also been proven to assist in the restoration of sleep, experienced in concussion sufferers. Testimony of concussion recovery with Curatron PEMF devices is also available. The story of boy suffering from an hypoxic brain injury testifies the benefit of Curatron PEMF.