What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. A concussion is caused by a quick acceleration/deceleration movement causing a whiplash-like action, a direct blow to the head, or a blast injury shaking the brain. In all of these instances, the brain is injured as it comes in contact with the skull. During normal activities, the protective layers around the brain including pia, arachnoid layer with cerebral spinal fluid(CSF), and dura matter act to absorb a shock and protect the brain. But in the case of a concussion, the force overcomes the ability of these layers to protect the brain causing injury and inflammation.

Facial Palsy

Facial Palsy or Bell’s Palsy is a type of facial paralysis or weakness that results in the inability to control the facial muscles on one side of your face. The paralysis is caused by an insult to the facial nerve,  cranial nerve # 7 and is most likely a virus.  Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include: difficulty smiling, puckering, eating, closing affected eye, raising eyebrows, and puffing cheeks. Usually, these patients present with one side of their face drooping.

The good news is this can be helped through the correct prescription of advanced manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and possibly facial muscle stimulation.

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