The following is an excerpt from the full article written by Dr. Farzad titled, From Illness to Wellness dicussing the 5 major Causal Factors for illnesses:
3. Physical Trauma
This category of causal factors for illnesses involves any direct Physical impact to the body or the head, as a result of car accidents, sports injuries, slip & falls, and more. Mild to moderate head injuries that we all experience on numerous occasions throughout our lives, can be the cause of many different conditions. The terms, “Mild” or “Moderate”, are only used to describe the severity of the initial impact that caused the injury. However, the severity and the long term consequences of that injury may often be far from mild to moderate.
As a result of such Mild head injuries as falling off a bicycle, or being involved in a low impact car accident, minor bleeding may occur within the Brain, which may later lead to the formation of minute microscopic scar tissue on the Brain. These formed microscopic scars, which often go undetected by MRI and other Brain imaging studies, can interfere with the normal electrical activity of the Brain, and can in time cause a variety of Neurological and Psychological symptoms such as Headaches, Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Memory Loss, Sleep problems, Irritability, Seizures, Obsessive Thoughts, Loss of Balance and more. Symptoms may appear after years following the head injury. As an example, the cause of having memory loss or lack of concentration during adulthood can be traced back to falling off a bicycle as a teenager, or other similar incidences that we may or may not remember. For more information on Brain injuries, please refer to my article titled, Sports, Athletes and Brain Injuries.
Another major consequence of Mild to Moderate head injury is Inflammation in the Brain that often occurs after the injury. Brain Inflammation, often referred to as Neuroinflammation, is commonly Chronic and ongoing, and can cause the same conditions as the ones caused by the scars on the Brain as a result of Head Injury, as mentioned in the last paragraph. Among the structures that are inflamed in the Brain is the Pituitary gland, which is considered as the Master gland that controls the function of all the other Endocrine glands in the body. Pituitary gland inflammation can lead to hormonal imbalances, including Adrenal insufficiencies leading to anxiety, panic attacks and other stress related illnesses.
The cause of Depression, Anxiety and other Brain related conditions, may not only be due to the commonly assumed Chemical imbalance in the Brain. The cause may rather be scars on the Brain or Chronic Neuroinflammation as a result of a recent or a past Head injury. For more detailed explanation of the mechanism of Neuroinflammation, please refer to my Article titled, Neuroinflammation, New Approach to Brain Health
Patients with Depression, Anxiety or other Brain related illnesses, who do not positively respond to prescription medications intended to correct Brain Chemistry, may benefit from available Non-Toxic approaches that can help Normalize Brain Function as well as addressing Neuroinflammation and other consequences of recent or past Head injuries.
Physical injuries may not necessarily be traumatic. They can occur at smaller scales referred to as micro traumas. Micro traumas can be caused over time by bad posture, sleeping in uncomfortable positions, sitting down or standing up for long periods of time and more, and they can affect the proper alignment of our vertebrae in the spine. Misalignment of the spine can put pressure on the nerves that exit the spine, and diminish the electrical impulse that they carry to all the tissues and organs in our body. Spinal misalignments can of course also occur as a result of major Physical traumas and accidents, as well as indirectly by emotional stress.
Receiving regular Chiropractic adjustments to align our spine, can not only improve symptoms caused by Physical Trauma such as pain and muscle spasm, but can also improve nerve conduction to all the Tissues and organs in our body to ensure optimum wellness.