Brain Development & Brain Injury

The human brain is an exceptionally complicated organ, consisting of trillions of cells. It is responsible for the control of our entire body. It is encased within the skull and cushioned in cerebrospinal fluid. This usually protects the brain. Sometimes however this protection is not enough and the brain can be susceptible to damage and disease. Injury to the brain results in the destruction of brain cells which can pose serious threat to life and function.

No two brain injuries are the same. The extent of the damage and any lasting impacts depend on the type, location and severity of the injury.

Brain injuries typically fall under one of two categories.

Acquired brain injuries is any injury to the brain that occurs after birth. Often they are due to a stroke or tumour. This typically causes an increase in pressure on the brain (intracranial pressure) which can cause damage to the surrounding tissue, impairing brain function. In very rare cases, degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, and infections that spread to the brain can affect children.

Traumatic brain injuries occur following a head injury. The most commons causes are falls, vehicle accidents and violence. Not all head injuries result in damage to the brain, but they can prove very dangerous depending on the severity of the injury. This kind of injury typically causes bruises and bleeds to occur within the brain. Larger bleeds often increase the pressure inside the skull and cause further damage to other brain tissue not immediately affected by the injury.

Concussion

Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. It is also known as a mild traumatic brain injury. It is usually caused by a blow to the head, often because of sporting injuries or falls. The cerebrospinal fluid usually cushions the brain, but upon sudden impact this may not be enough and the brain can hit the inside of the skull, causing bruising.
Common symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Post-traumatic amnesia (events directly after injury cannot be recalled)
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness may occur in some cases and may last from a few seconds to several minutes

Depending on the severity of the concussion, symptoms usually only last for a few days. In some cases however they may last for weeks or months. This is known as Post-Concussion Syndrome. Common symptoms included headaches, irritable mood, restlessness and memory difficulties.

Concussion symptoms can get worse over time so it is important to closely monitor your child in the hours and days following a head injury.

Signs it may be something more serious

  • Uneven pupil size
  • Cannot wake the child or child is very drowsy
  • Persistent headache that gets worse
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty recognising people
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Increasing confusion or agitation
  • Vomiting or nausea

If your child is showing any of the above symptoms they should be seen by a medical professional immediately.

Orewa Family Chiropractic

We are a family chiropractic centre that cares and adjusts children and their families to improve their function and quality of life. We provide exceptional chiropractic care, through the detection, correction and prevention of nerve interference which enables you to participate more fully in all stages of life.

Locations

  • Orewa
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Asthma & breathing disorders
  • Bones, Muscles & Joints
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Sleep
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Three Lamps Chiropractic

Chiropractic is an important part in any developing child’s life - their bodies are subjected to a rapid rate of growth – which can make even minor stresses. When a child gets a chiropractic adjustment, their body resets to where it naturally should be, allowing everything to move, as it should.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Allergies & the Immune System
  • Asthma & breathing disorders
  • Bones, Muscles & Joints
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Injuries & Rehabilitation
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
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Equilibrium

At Equilibrium, we provide safe, personalised treatments for babies, children, and their parents to help regain and maintain their health and confidence, the natural way. At Equilibrium, we balance classical homeopathy, naturopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, supplements and mental exercises. Specialising in Anxiety, Fears & Phobias, Brain Development & Brain Injury and Special Needs.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Special Needs
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QRS Therapy 4 Children

Our team of professional specialists offer therapy for children and young people between the ages of new born to 18 years affected by sensory, motor, communication, learning and behavioural difficulties.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Speech and Language
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Dynamic Results

ACC funded Concussion Services to support your child when recovering from an injury from which a diagnosis of concussions has been indicated or suspected.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Behavioural Needs
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Depression & Mood
  • Injuries & Rehabilitation
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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