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Nov 7

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury with Syntonic Phototherapy

Approximately one and a half to four million concussions occur in the United States every year. This number is hard to nail down because, well, so are the symptoms and diagnosis of concussions – and many concussions aren’t reported. Thanks to continuing medical research and emerging public awareness, we are all learning that concussions are mild brain injuries that need to be taken very seriously. Increasing talk surrounding rates of concussion in the NFL (reported concussions rose 58% in regular season games in 2015) and the movie Concussion have helped to shed light on the lifelong impact of these injuries.

Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions are considered a mild form of Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately two and a half million ER visits, hospitalizations, or deaths were associated with TBI in 2010 (the latest date long-term research data was available).

Common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Sensitivity to lights and/or sounds
  • Feeling overwhelmed in public
  • Trouble falling and/or staying asleep
  • Strong emotional responses or reactions
  • Startles easily
  • Irritates easily
  • Prefers to spend time alone, especially in quiet
  • Frequent headaches
  • Trouble with balance and/or coordination
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Sluggish and/or slow to perform
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Double vision, blurred vision, and/or tunnel vision
  • Motion sensitivity to movement in the periphery

These symptoms occur because, following a concussion or other type of brain injury, the body’s response is to trigger our “fight or flight” system. This system, called the sympathetic system, automatically enables the body to ready itself to respond to the perceived danger. These responses cause instinctual reactions such as increased heart rate and blood flow as well as dilated pupils and heightened sensitivity, which contribute to the issues noted above.

Though the problem of Traumatic Brain Injury is pervasive and common, what researchers are still trying to understand is why some people may experience a hit to the head and be fine, yet another person will suffer devastating and long-lasting effects that may or may not be immediately visible. Those with TBI may face effects that last a few days, or they may be faced with disabilities that impact the rest of their lives.

Fortunately, medical practitioners are coming up with effective ways to help treat TBI. One such way is through syntonic phototherapy, which, as described in our last blog post, offers a medication-free option to help relieve this sympathetic overreaction and its corresponding symptoms.

Syntonic Phototherapy

Syntonic phototherapy (also called syntonics and light therapy) is based on the principle that the brain is highly visual and that our eyes have direct connections to regulatory areas of the brain. With syntonics, certain wavelengths of light are used to cause desired reactions in the brain to create a change, i.e., to train the brain. Optometrists begin with a few tests to measure pupil reaction, vision, and symptoms, then work with you to create treatment to suit your symptoms. Therapy is safe, non-invasive, easy, and can even be done in your home!

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Omni Vision and Learning Center today.

Chantelle’s Story:

Listen as Chantelle shares how Syntonic Phototherapy at Omni Vision & Learning Center treated her concussions and traumatic brain injury, leading to a full recovery.