Over the years, Dr. Caroline has cared for youth athletes who have suffered from the effects of concussions. While the medical system and privileged athletic departments offer state of the art systems to assess cognitive performance, what parents often do not know is that concussions cannot be detected on an MRI or CT scan.
At Balance Atlanta, rarely is there a condition that Dr. Caroline will not handle with holistic care that honors healing of both mind and body.
Concussions and other forms damage to the brain tissue – strokes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s for instance – should not be addressed as merely a perilous condition without much hope for improvement. Instead, what if the focus is placed on enhancing potential by restoring optimal cellular function from the inside out?
Imagine what it feels like for a high school athlete, as an example, to be sidelined due to concussion:
Being in chronic pain; light sensitivity; visual disturbances; nausea; anxiety and depression; getting behind in school; memory loss; brain fog; having to quit the team; losing connection with peers; loss of social status; countless visits to neurologists; being on an emotional roller coaster; losing hope and wanting to give up. For parents whose kids have been in this situation – the medical bills, frustration, and search for answers are no joke. Or, as one 9th grader asked Dr. Caroline with pleading eyes, “Will I ever be normal again?”
At Balance Atlanta, functional neurology specific to traumatic head injury is a niche specialty.
The modalities of chiropractic, functional medicine and neurofeedback are combined with stress management training, peak performance brain development, and most importantly, a connection with the type of doctor who believes the foundation for healing starts with a trusting relationship, compassion, and optimism.
Diagnosing a head trauma is one thing, promoting neurological healing with specific results long after the initial injury is another. Dr. Caroline is the person to see when you’ve run out of options but you still have hope.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is defined as a complex pathophysiological process that affects the brain, typically induced by trauma to the brain. It can be caused either by a direct blow to the head, or an indirect blow to the body, causing neurological impairments that may resolve spontaneously. Symptoms usually reflect a functional disturbance to the brain, and may include physical (headaches, nausea); cognitive (difficulty with concentration or memory); emotional (irritability, sadness); and ‘maintenance’ (sleep disturbances, changes in appetite or energy levels) symptoms. A concussion is considered a brain injury.