• Marinus van Aarle

Traumatic brain injury:

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of disability.

In Canada 2% of the population lives with a traumatic brain injury.


A traumatic brain injury can have various causes.

Major causes of traumatic brain injury are sports related accidents or motor-vehicle accidents.

A stroke can also lead to a traumatic brain injury.


Traumatic brain injury comes with the following symptoms:


  • Behavior or mood changes.

  • Confusion or memory problems.

  • Convulsions or seizures.

  • Dilated pupils or blurred vision.

  • Dizziness, fainting or fatigue.

  • Headaches.

  • Nausea and vomiting.

  • Restlessness or agitation.

  • Sensitivity to light and smell.

  • Sleeping too much or too little.

  • Slurred speech.

Often traumatic brain injury is accompanied with whiplash symptoms because of a sports accident or motor-vehicle accident.

The combination of whiplash and traumatic brain injury can put a person in a constant state of stress/over-stimulation (fight or flight response).


Osteopathy can relieve muscle tension and reduce over-stimulation (get out of fight or flight mode).

Getting out of fight or flight mode can be an essential step in recovering from traumatic brain injury.


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