Understanding The Injury
Both brain and neck injuries as well as combined injuries, are very complex and involves many new areas of medicine:
- Brain Injury: Stretching of neurons and responding glue/glia cells altering the environment in central nerve system, incl. blood supply),
- Spinal Injury: Autonomic and central nerve-systems, brain stem issues,
- Binding Tissue & Muscular Injury: Including fascial contraction, flow to brain, alterations causing fibromyalgia,
- Glandular Injury: Affects the hormonal system.
Why reverse post injury processes?
WHIPCON believes in a patient focused approach centered around brain-neck-injury. We will diagnose and treat all of the above injuries systematically, by “reversing the post injury biological processes”, that cause serious associated disorders over time. Today such associated disorders are mistakenly treated as individual separate illnesses.
Associated disorders may follow immediate symptoms
Mild traumatic brain-neck-injury cause immediate symptoms of tiredness, sound and light sensitivity, vision problems, head age, neck pain and stiffness, and often neurological symptoms in the arms from neck injury.
10-15% of concussions develops into a chronic condition called post-concussion syndrome or PCS – which involves a mild traumatic brain injury, mTBI and sometimes a neck injury too. Around 10% of those injured by whiplash face chronicity, and are unable to return to their jobs.
Depending on the injury being predominantly neck injury or brain injury, people experience serious associated disorders developing over time. Read more about:
- Post-concussion-syndrome (PCS)
- Mild traumatic brain injury and its association with neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s ALS, MS)
- Disorders associated with mild traumatic neck injury … often referred to as Whiplash Associated Disorders.
Biological processes following mTBI
The effect of repeated blows to the head gradually increases over time. mTBI is accumulative.
For brain-neck-injury, WHIPCON suggest investigating brainstem injury and “hypoxic stroke”, due to possible low vascularization of brain stem.
We will look at the involved biological processes leading to:
- Neurodegenerative illnesses (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, chronic traumatic encephalopathy etc. )
- Chronic tiredness
- Cognitive disorders (ADD/ADHD)
- Depression (Glutamate, noradrenaline, serotonin)
- Development of centralized pain syndrome (Central Sensitization) and migraine
We have a hypothesis of specific related mechanisms.
When neck injury affects the brain
There is scientific proof, that relates whiplash injury to brain injury, involving the occipital lope (vision) and frontal lope (executive functioning, focus), but also the brain stem, thalamus (pain), hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Potentially, the two latter are involved in the chronic stress that patients get after whiplash injury, and that scientists see increased HPA-axis activity after whiplash injury.
What causes what…? We will investigate by looking at 100’s of small biological processes.
Biological processes after neck injury
After whiplash injury and similar types of neck injuries, people hit chronically may face multiple diverse symptoms with their organs. This could likely be caused by injury to the autonomic nerves, that control our organs.
There is evidence for centralized pain in chronic whiplash injury. In human language this means that people become sensitive on all senses and have a lower threshold for sensing pain in the brain and spine. The syndrome is called centralized sensitization. (Read more)
WHIPCON will look at the biological mechanisms of how neck injury may cause:
- Vagus nerve impairment
- Imbalance in Stomach Acid Production
- Symptoms of Asthma
- Gut imbalances (Affecting the immune defense, cause leaky gut and major yeast infections)
- Dysfunctional the enteric nerve system that controls the brain
- Chronically stressed body, without feeling stressed in the brain
- Central Sensitization
.. and hold these up as possible responsible to other symptoms of brain-neck-injury and development of associated disorders (overly sensitivity to sound, light, smell, touch, heat, pain – development of asthma).
New ways to look at and treat illness
We see neck injury as the hidden cause of many illnesses of the central and autonomic nerve system. By treating the injuries and restoring the biochemical imbalances caused by them, we believe it is possible to cure the associated disorders. This is a new way to look at medicine.
We acknowledge that mental illness can be a consequence, but such illness is not likely cured without diagnosing and treating the underlying cause, namely a physical injury.
We acknowledge that PTSD can be part of the problem. Refer to clarification of such. With new brain scans it is possible to distinguish between PTDS and mTBI and based on that, treat, one of – or both conditions. (Read More)