The Anatomy of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The Anatomy of a Traumatic Brain Injury

When experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a person suffers damage to their cranial structure. The cranial structure of the brain is made up of bones, fluids, and other elements designed to protect the brain. When the cranial structure is functioning properly, the movement of the cranial bones helps to pump cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain and spinal cord. This fluid removes metabolic waste from the central nervous  

Traumatic Brain Injuries (i.e., concussions, whiplash, or overexposure to toxic substances) disrupt the movement of the cranial bone, which in turn prevents the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Without the flow of this fluid, metabolic waste products remain in the central nervous system and slowly begin to deteriorate brain tissue.

More specifically, Traumatic Brain Injuries cause cranial faults in the skull. Three specific cranial faults directly result from traumatic brain injury and concussion: 

  1. Inferior lesser wings of the Sphenoid
  2. Sphenobasilar Faults
  3. Abnormal movement of the greater wings of the Sphenoid

These three cranial faults cause many of the symptoms resulting from concussion, such as eye-tracking problems, headaches, short-term memory issues, inhibited left-brain function, and overstimulated right brain function.

When these cranial faults are never addressed, it can manifest into Cranial Injury Complex (CIC). CIC can cause a variety of weakened brain functions, including eye-tracking, and short-term memory deficits. Specifically, CIC impacts the cognitive functions of the brain’s left hemisphere and the emotion regulation processes of the brain’s right hemisphere. As such, people with CIC commonly struggle with school and/or work because of emotional instability, depression, fatigue, concentration difficulties, and memory problems.

At Simkovich Concussion Institute, we utilize Cranial Movement Therapy to restore normal cranial bone movement. In doing so, we correct the cranial faults associated with TBI and concussion as well as stabilize the flow of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain so it can begin to heal properly. Because we address the TBI at its source, our patients see a decrease in their injury-related symptoms which allows them to start regaining their pre-injury quality of life.

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