Your Vulnerable Brain

Bumps to the head can impact your brain for years to come

by Mary McPherson

cefaleaHow many times have you bumped your head throughout your lifetime? My granddaughter slipped and fell on a marble floor running through the kitchen in her socks when she was three years old – the blow to the back of her head sent blood flying in all directions. Rushing her to the hospital, we realized she was going to have a concussion. She will never remember that incident, yet in that moment the Neuro Net of her brain went into shock and her brain activity ramped up to start the healing process.

Concussions or head injuries from sports, automobile accidents, hard blows to the head, falling and hitting your head – almost everyone either has a similar story or knows someone who experienced a head injury. When I was a young girl I was hanging upside down from the top of the swing set and fell straight on my head.

What we don’t often realize is these blows to the head can create a number of conditions that will develop in the months and years following the injury – ADD, headaches, anxiety, depression and many more.

In fact we’re seeing it now with our professional athletes where research studies are finding that so many repeated blows to the head from playing football, soccer, etc. has a lasting adverse effect on the Neuro Net.

Often times the impact of the injury isn’t apparent immediately after the injury – in the weeks and months after a blow to the head, look for signs of stuttering, lack of concentration, possibly drifting off (or what we would call daydreaming), irritability, defiance, disassociating with friends and even feeling anxious and argumentative.

If you notice yourself or your child exhibiting any of these symptoms or behaviors after a blow to the head there is help. Having a brain assessment after an injury is a helpful tool to see if the injury has actually created damage to the neural pathways.

Mary McPherson is the founder of the San Juan Capistrano-based Awoken Life Brainwave Optimization, where she helps adults and children achieve brain balance and harmony in order to live healthier, happier, and more abundant lives. Neurotechnology “Brainwave Optimization” helps the brain to reconnect the neural pathways after an injury. Connect with Mary and Awoken Life by calling (949) 661-6909 or visit

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