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BrainSpan: A Comprehensive Concussion Protocol For Healing

Robert M. Cohl
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February 21, 2018

Another successful football season has come to a close. As a practicing sports chiropractor, I see a lot of sports-related injuries. People walking into our office have neck, shoulder and arm problems (upper extremity) as well as pain in the back, hips, legs and ankles. Of special interest this year are post-concussion head and neck injuries.

Concussion in youth sports is a specialty with its own medical treatment. Forty-four million kids play organized sports. Approximately 475,000 injuries to kids ages 14 and under occur each year. And at least 1 million are treated for traumatic brain injures (TBI) yearly. Players have become bigger, stronger and faster. Children and adolescents are more susceptible to concussions and take longer than adults to fully recover. TBIs in children are of particular interest because the brain is still developing.

A concussion is defined as a reaction by the brain to a jolt or a force that is transmitted to the head. The brain moves back and forth or twists rapidly inside the skull. The signs and symptoms are broken down into cognitive, behavioral (B) and physical (P) damage.

For cognitive, a person might witness disorientation, confusion, brain fog or memory impairment. Behavioral could be sleep disturbance, irritability, apathy or fatigue. Physical symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, diplopia, photophobia and seizures.

New research on post-traumatic brain injuries started in the military (post-Iraq war vets), followed by sports (professional sports-related TBIs). Our office has been affiliated with the research organization BrainSpan since the fall of 2016. The founder is a medical physician who has been in the military for more than 20 years. Now, the research and its program are available to the public.

The BrainSpan test is composed to two parts: cell inflammation and resilience panel (cirp), and a central nervous system function panel (CFP). The CIRP is a blood spot test that measures fatty acid biomarkers for body inflammation. Optimizing the fatty acids is vital to the proper regulation of pain and appropriate immune system response. A 15-minute interactive online CFP test measures the functional capacity and efficiency of the nerve connections that are associated with four basic cognitive functions. Memory, attention and processing speed are carefully measured against a control group using the Brain Resource internal database, the world’s largest, standardized, normative brain health database.

The results of the test and clinical assessment incorporate the following categories: acute/chronic inflammation, immune system disorders, gastrointestinal and metabolic imbalances, and mental and cognitive imbalances. Optimum injury recovery and concussion resilience is maximized.

BrainSpan treatments focus on balancing out the essential fatty acids (measured prescription) of EPA/DHA found in fish oil, and other biochemical nutrients that assist in healing brain inflammation. A cold laser protocol has been developed from Erchonia research. This has been developed over the last five years to improve neurological function from TBIs and other soft tissue trauma. The combined treatment is extremely effective within a three-month structured program.


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