By Dr. Sam Berne, Holistic Optometrist
Recently, an article published in the LA Times described the long-term impact of head injuries, specifically concussions, on former NFL players. I was thrilled to see the writer’s thorough reporting on the link between dementia, depression and head injuries in former NFL players. As a holistic health practitioner and author, I have worked extensively in the field of Behavioral/Neurodevelopment Optometry and Vision Therapy for more than twenty-five years. My innovative method called Vision Rehabilitation offers treatment modalities for neurologically and cognitively challenged people who have suffered head trauma.
Though dementia and depression were reported in this article, other symptoms may also be present including dizziness, loss of balance, double or blurred vision, peripheral vision loss, short and long-term memory loss and confusion. Additionally, due to the stress of the trauma, many people also suffer significant biochemical problems caused by poor digestion, poor diet, or both. Many of these symptoms cannot be observed using CAT scans, MRIs, and routine blood tests since the trauma exists in the soft tissues of the nerves, muscles, connective tissue, the cerebral spinal fluid, and the brain.
Although some of the current dogma says that the damage to the brain is irreparable, this is untrue. There’s a high degree of neuroplasticity in brain function, especially when using functional therapies like Vision Rehabilitation. I apply modalities such as vision therapy, movement patterns that rebalance the brain, vestibular stimulation, craniosacral therapy, color/light and other subtle energy therapies, and a biomedical assessment of the biochemistry of the body. All of these methods together can help release trauma and synchronize the sensory motor systems with the brain.
My concern with long-term molecular approaches like drug therapy is that they only treat symptoms without addressing the causative factors of the head injury. Subtle Energy Therapies like light, color, sound, homeopathy, essential oils, flower essences, and herbs can have a supportive, positive effect on people who suffer head trauma and brain-injuries.
Dr. Sam Berne has been in practice in New Mexico for over 25 years, working alongside patients to improve their vision and overall wellness through holistic methods. His whole health protocols improve vision and wellness by healing the mind-body-spirit through nutritional protocols, vision exercises and self-care therapies. www.drsamberne.com.