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Blast Injury and Your Brain

A blast injury is a complex type of physical trauma resulting from direct or indirect exposure to an explosion. Blast injuries occur with the detonation of high-order explosives as well as the deflagration of low-order explosives,s described in Dr. Diane’s newest book, “Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”,

“The explosion of a bomb or improvised explosive device produces a sound wave called a supersonic wave. The movement, amplitude, and duration of this sound wave result in sufficient pressure within the brain to cause actual tissue damage, along with dysregulation of connectivity and brain waves. You do not have to be physically moving or be in contact with the blast for the injury it causes to be enormous. This damage to the brain is called blast injury, a type of brain injury“.

Most of the brain cells, branches, hubs, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, and hormones affected by a blast injury. They are the parts of the brain’s neural connectivity that are damaged or destroyed by over-stretching, tearing, bleeding, and/or swelling that ultimately shape an individual’s post-injury experience, because the resultant dysregulation results in post concussions syndrome (PCS).

Did you know the supersonic sound wave produced by a blast/explosion can cause compression of the brain within the skull resulting in brain injury?

The supersonic sound wave produced by a blast (explosion) causes the brain to be compressed within the skull causing damage.

A Note on Brain Injury Caused by Blasts:

Here at Dr. Diane® Brain Health, we stress how blast injuries often result in traumatic brain injury.

If you were attending the Boston Marathon and were near the site of explosion, have served in a war, or have experienced any other event where you may have been a victim of blast injury, please be aware that it is highly possible that you suffered a concussion, and may be living with symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS).

It is common for people to be unaware of the fact that they have had a concussion. Or perhaps they realize they may have had a concussion, and visit a doctor, but the doctor explains that they have a “mild” concussion. There is no such thing as a mild concussion! If you are concussed, then your brain is injured, and you need proper medical attention, rest, and diet. Many doctors do not express the severity of concussions, and many people do not take them seriously. This is a tragic mistake, as a concussion left untreated can cause detrimental damage to the brain, and leave the sufferer with a myriad of symptoms. If you have experienced a blast injury, seek medical attention immediately. Visit our concussion page for more information.

It is also important to note that you may still be experiencing symptoms of PCS from an injury that happened in the past. Symptoms often do not go away if left untreated, or over time, and many people will not realize that their symptoms are from an injury that took place years earlier. It is possible to still suffer from PCS symptoms years after the initial injury. However, it is never too late to seek help, and there is a way to alleviate your symptoms! Contact Dr. Diane® to schedule a consultation.

Symptoms of PCS Caused by Blast Injury

The following list of Post Concussion Syndrome symptoms may also be experienced by individuals who have had a Concussion or Stroke/Aneurysm, because all of these injuries are types of brain injuries. That is not to say that because you have any of these symptoms, you have a brain injury.

If you are a veteran or soldier, or have been involved in an explosion or blast and are now experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Diane’s Brain Rehabilitation Program can help you regain your life. The goal of brain rehabilitation is to help regain a resilient brain and mind and return your life to its optimal level.

How We Uniquely Treat Blast Injury Symptoms

Unlike other doctors, Dr. Diane® uses a state of the art approach to help her patients with all aspects of recovery. Dr. Diane® treats PCS symptoms caused by blast injury with her unique 5 Prong Approach. Using cutting-edge techniques such as  neurofeedback, Dr. Diane® can help you to alleviate your PCS symptoms and regain your life.

In addition to neurofeedback, Dr. Diane® may also use a variety of complementary approaches, depending on the individual and their symptoms. Some of these treatments may include acupuncture, reiki, energy psychology, massage and muscular therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive remediation therapy, speech and language pathology, BAUD, brainspotting, chiropractic, homeopathy, water therapy, physical therapy/craniosacral therapy, etc.

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Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

If you're suffering from a concussion, or any other form of mild traumatic brain injury, pick up Dr. Diane's book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and start healing today!

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Dr. Diane® Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.
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N. Andover, MA 01845
Phone: (800) 500-9971


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