“The causes of disease are threefold: trauma, poisons, and autosuggestion, unrelentless change of thought.” D.D. Palmer – 1896.
Trauma is one of the 9 variables in our health and longevity. Significant trauma can occur all at once or over a period of time. Trauma can occur from a car crash, work-related injury, fall, or sports-related injury. The injury can break bones or damage soft tissues like nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and blood vessels. How well the injury heals depends on many factors – the skill of a surgeon, the overall health and nutritional status of the person, how much emotional stress is in their life, how much rest they are getting, and the skill set of the chiropractor and/or physical/occupational therapist working with them.
We pride ourselves in having some of the latest in effective non-drug therapies for pain and injuries. These technologies aid the body in healing optimally. Some of these technologies are acupuncture, microcurrent, synaptic electrotherapy, infra-red light therapy, BrainTap, and laser therapy. These technologies are featured in other sections of the website.
Many of the traumas we see today in our patient population are cumulative in nature. They are often the result of many macro and micro-traumas over an extended period of time. You see this in the many joint replacement surgeries of the shoulders, hips, and knees. Another area of concern that is getting a great deal of publicity lately is the negative impact on the brain from cumulative head trauma. The awareness has grown because of the large number of NFL players who have suffered irreversible brain damage. However, this can occur in other sports and non-professional athletes who play football, soccer, rugby, gymnastics, or lacrosse as well.
A single concussion with loss of consciousness can increase a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s by 300%. If that person had the APOE4 gene variant the risk is increased to 10-fold. People that have diabetes have a 400% increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This risk increases expotentially with a history of head trauma.
Fortunately there have been significant advancements in the knowledge of how to treat head trauma after it occurs. We have developed protocols for the acute and chronic TBI (traumatic brain injury). These protocols include specific individualized nutraceuticals and the use of infra-red light therapy on the brain to accelerate healing and reduce residual problems. Approximately 35-40% of chronic TBI patients develop hypo-function of the hypothalamus and pituitary in the brain. These glands are responsible for the signaling to the thyroid, adrenal glands, and the ovaries and testicles. This causes severe hypofunction of the thyroid and sex hormones. This is often missed by treating doctors. These patients can benefit from bio-identical hormone therapy which we have an expertise in. The neurotransmitters are often imbalanced in these patients causing personality changes.
Alzheimer’s is the fastest growing cause of death in the U.S. This can be due to repetitive head traumas, but often from elevated blood sugars, cardiovascular complications, and multiple nutritional and hormone deficiencies. Alzheimer’s has become known as Diabetes type 3 because of the cumulative damage done to the brain by prolonged elevated blood sugars. Trauma coupled with a unhealthy lifestyle is a bad combination in the aging process.
(c)Kelly Miller DC NMD FASA FBAARM CFMP*
*Licensed in Missouri for chiropractic and acupuncture. “Certified Health Coach” in Florida.
If you need help following a trauma call 816-210-6913 in Missouri or 813-985-5190 i Florida for an appointment today.