NFL Tackled By Concussion Movie Message

NFL Tackled By Concussion Movie Message

A former Steeler, currently being treated by me for the concussions he sustained while a player, came into the office last week after viewing the premier of the movie, “Concussion.”  What he had seen in the movie made him visibly emotional. He spoke at length about the damage retired players experience and how they need to know that there is help for them- in this office. He was exasperated that the movie made no mention that there is a solution (cranial movement therapy) for the impairments sustained by the head traumas, and that the existing “treatment” of “rest” or “physical therapy” simply has limited results.

Concussions are the most frequent injury in the NFL, but (as quoted by Forbes) in the medical world a concussion does not currently have an agreed upon medical definition. Many believe the actual diagnosis criteria is a grey area for the sake of the NFL’s decision makers.

In an article from the Tribune Review, Freelance Columnist and Sports Radio Host Joe Starklyinterviewed Steelers’ Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about his recent concussion diagnosis. The issue was that Roethlisberger wasn’t sure if he even had a concussion because no one would tell him the results of his computer concussion test (ImPACT). His coach and doctors were the ones who determined whether Roethlisberger was clear to go to practice, but wouldn’t give any hard diagnosis. Arguably, they could have been withholding this information to allow him to continue playing– a subject that hits close to the Concussion movie message.

My patient shared how he had gone through the “prescribed” concussion protocols the NFL and UPMC recommended only to realize that he was continuing to deteriorate over the first year of his retirement.  It was then that he sought care here for his injuries. He mentioned several times that he didn’t want to imagine where he would be if he hadn’t come here. That opened a long discussion about the physiology of the cranial bones and the role cranial bone movement has on brain health.

In short, the only way a person can recover from a head injury is to have the normal cranial bone movement restored. This allows the brain to reinstate the normal cerebro-spinal fluid flow and circulation compromised after a concussion.  It is critical in the rehabilitation of the brain after a concussion, and there is no way a person can recover fully from a concussion if this isn’t accomplished.

That statement is worth repeating:  It is not possible for the brain to return to pre-concussion status if the cranial bone movement isn’t restored! People who have had concussions and don’t receive cranial movement therapy are susceptible to “second concussion syndrome.” Second concussion syndrome wouldn’t exist if the person had received cranial bone movement restoration.

For example, take a look at Sidney Crosby. He never received proper treatment after his major concussion.  His acute symptoms are better, which allowed him to return to play, but the real problem was never dealt with and remains compromised. His performance proves this. Talk is abundant about how his level of play just isn’t the same as it was pre-concussion.

Some people think he’s holding back, because he’s afraid of another injury.  But
people who have never been around hockey players know that can’t be true, because hockey players are fearless. The reality is that he is struggling because his brain is continuing to slowly deteriorate due to the fact that his normal cranial bone movement was never reestablished.

Why is this critical? The movement of the cranial bones pumps cerebro-spinal fluid around the brain, facilitating the removal of metabolic waste products out of the central nervous system. After a head injury, the cranial bone movement is altered, slowing down the cerebro-spinal fluid movement, and making it impossible to efficiently remove the waste products that are produced. The net result? Thebrain tissue starts to die.

This phenomenon explains why the NFL has to deal with the fallout from head injuries. It explains the reason for the problems of the Mike Webster’s and Junior Seau’s of the world.  Yet the technology and treatment exists, so this shouldn’t be happening to these men.

It has become a common scene: former athletes come into my office, shut the door, and break down emotionally because they are scared to death over what is happening to them. One former NFL lineman got my attention when he said the he wanted to be able to see his “grandchildren grow up and be able to remember their names.”  Concussion, the movie, was riveting, emotional and hard-hitting, as is the real-life epidemic. However, it is long past time to tackle the truth.


Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

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What Cranial Bone Movement Restoration Can Do For You

What Cranial Bone Movement Restoration Can Do For You

Simkovich Cranial Institute is putting themselves on the map by providing contemporary therapy options for patients battling concussions, autism, and learning disabilities. Dr. Charles A. Simkovich’s private practice procedures have been used for the past 30 years, on over 30,000 patients, and have achieved overwhelmingly positive results.

Why are Simkovich Cranial Institute’s Revolutionary Treatments So Effective?

Well, the majority of the success stems from Dr. Simkovich’s knowledge of the cranial functions. His early involvement in cranial research challenged the traditional medical theories. For instance, it was thought that our cranial bones were fused into place early in life, which we now know is not the case.

Michigan State University School of Medicine (Department of Physiology) proved that cranial bones continue to move by measuring the movement of the parietal suture, which is the skull’s least movable suture. This, as well as other landmark studies, (from Russian Space Program to NASA’s research), was the basis for Dr. Simkovich’s work.

Proving that cranial bones move opened a whole box of new questions. Each movement of the cranial bones needed to be identified. He had to then study how the bones interact with each other, and the effect these movements have on brain functions. This was accomplished through the technology that he currently uses for his treatment.

Why Do We Have Cranial Bones?

We have bones within our body to hold organs in place. Our cranial bones hold and protect glands within our brain. The pituitary gland is the vitally important, master gland that sits right in the middle of the brain on the Sella Turcica bone cavity. This gland releases hormones that control the growth, blood pressure, thyroid gland, metabolism, and other bodily functions. Also present is the pineal gland. This gland controls serotonin levels, critical in the cases of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorders).

What Does Cranial Bone Movement Have to Do With Brain Health?

Just like other systems of the body, like a heart beating or the lungs breathing, the cranial bones all move in a very specific manner. Unlike the heart, which beats for the naked eye to see, cranial bone movement is more like a rhythmic “pulsing.”

An individual can develop poor brain-functioning symptoms when the normal cranial bone movement is altered. What causes these normal cranial bone movement to change? Physical trauma (such as a concussion) or chemical trauma (being exposed to chemical or toxic substances).

An extremely critical function of cranial bone movement is pumping Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) throughout the brain and spinal cord. The main job here is to remove metabolic waste from the central nervous system.

After an incident where the cranial bone movement is decreased (from physical or chemical trauma), the CSF flow slows down. The metabolic waste products remain in the central nervous system longer than they should, slowly killing brain cells. Once normal CSF flow is restored, the brain can regenerate cells and heal. This is all accomplished through the treatments Dr. Simkovich practices.

What is Cranial Injury Complex?

When the patient is never treated and normal cranial bone movement is not restored, it can manifest itself into Cranial Injury Complex. Cranial injury complex can cause a variety of weakened brain functions, like eye-tracking, short term memory, diminished left brain function (logical brain), and over stimulated right brain function (emotional brain).

People with cranial injury complex commonly start struggle in school, have emotional breakdowns, angry outbursts, fall into a depression, and begin having memory issues. All of these have a devastating effect on the victim, both academically and socially.
While learning disorders might only affect patients academically, autism presents both brain-related and organic issues, (such as gut issues, allergies, immune issues, etc.) Daily routines are challenging for autistic individuals and often extend to their entire family.

Simkovich Cranial Institute Treatments

With the technology utilized with through Simkovich Cranial Institute treatments, the autistic patient is physically rehabilitated. The restoration of their cranial bone movements allows maximum healing of the brain and related organic systems. This helps other autistic interventions to be more effective since the body is most stable to utilize the various vitamins, dietary changes, and other methods currently being used to treat autism.

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Concussion in Children: What Parents Need to Know

Concussion in Children: What Parents Need to Know

After a child experiences a concussion, parents often bounce from doctor to doctor to find a solution for their child’s symptoms. Frequently, the child is released from care too soon and with the diagnosis that they’re back to pre-accident status. Unfortunately, the child is far from their typical self. When anyone experiences a concussion, the brain has experienced a great trauma, and the trauma is even greater for children. A parent’s observation of their child’s behavior is a valuable tool in helping any doctor diagnose the problems from concussion. Nobody knows their child like the parents, they are the only people who have seen the patient before and after the trauma. Yet many doctors dismiss parental observations, even though they are vital. The most common comment I’ve heard for years in my practice?

“I just want to have my old child back.”

I urge you to never ignore these warning signs. They are the true indicator of the damage from a concussion and if it’s been appropriately treated. Unless the cranial bone movement has been returned to normal, it is impossible for the brain to heal fully.

Top 4 Post-Concussion Symptoms Parents Should be Aware of:

1. Changes in Personality

One of the cranial faults displayed in concussion is a superior greater wing of the sphenoid on the right side. (Stick with me here!) In everyday language, this is when the sphenoid bone (the bone that the brain “sits” on) is pushed up on the right side, which over-stimulates the right brain. This is the “emotional” or “artistic” side of the brain and can lead to common concussion symptoms such as “anger outbursts” or “depression.” Often times doctors mistakenly treat this with anti-anxiety or anti-depression medication. I had a case where a female college soccer player had multiple concussions and was treated with many anti-anxiety medicines. (As a side note, she had to stop playing soccer and had dropped off of the Dean’s list at U.C. Irvine.) Since beginning cranial movement treatment, she is off all medications (under the direction of her treating doctor) and back on the soccer team and Dean’s list.

2. Academic Performance

Ability to perform in school is routinely compromised after a concussion. Inability to concentrate is very common. Reading difficulties become a daily challenge due to eye-tracking issues caused from the drop of the lesser wings of the sphenoid bone. Memory issues are also a problem due to a decreased flow of blood to the frontal and mid-brains, which are responsible for short-term memory. Most parents report these problems to me on the first visit.

3. Physical Issues

Changes in physical ability are common as well. I hear parents state that their child is more “clumsy” since the concussion, or “uncoordinated,” Fine and gross motor skills are controlled by the brain and are often be affected by concussion.

4. Headaches

Many parents see that their child experiences constant headaches or headaches that are triggered by cognitive (schoolwork) and/or physical exertion. Many parents report that their child now has a “hazy” or “glossed over” look in their eyes. These symptoms are very common with concussions. I am thankful for parents who take an active role in the treatment their child receives. Don’t settle for anything less than what is expected when it comes to your child’s well-being and health. The problems from a concussion can have a devastating effect and impact the rest of their life if not taken care of properly. If your child is experiencing these issues, please schedule your free consultation, so we can start the healing process, together.


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