According to the BIAA (Brain Injury Association of America), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is a top cause of disabilities as well as deaths in kids as well as adolescents all across the nation. Newborns – age 4, and teens 15 – 19 years of age are at the greatest risk. Averagely speaking, 564k children enter the emergency room for brain injuries, while 62k of them are hospitalized. That’s quite a lot of kids dealing with chronic symptoms, and those symptoms don’t always have specific treatments through usual medications.

Defining TBI

A bump and a TBI are greatly different problems. A bump may hurt and give you a headache, but TBI can be caused by bumps, head blows, or even jolts that hit the head, or a head injury that penetrates and disrupts normal brain functions.  TBI’s severity can be anywhere between mild (which is a slight change in a person’s consciousness or mental status) to severe (amnesia, or a coma of undefined lengths.). Most TBIs are mild, such as concussions.

Everything in the life of a child with TBI is affected. There are always new issues arising as they continue to develop. Most children have no physical attributes showing there’s any sign of a problem, but often social, educational, and behavioural problems arise years beyond their injuries. Because of this, linking TBI to these new problems becomes more and more difficult.

You may not notice developmental issues or delays for several years after TBI occurs. The difference between adults and children suffering from TBI is that kids are going through their developmental stages. Because of this, TBI can be more devastating or even crippling to a child on a long-term basis. Thanks to research on TBI in children, we can see that a child’s cognitive abilities may decrease significantly, as may social skills or their behavioural abilities. This may occur from the moment they receive a TBI and then occur again years later. This of course causes problems with learning, making friends and keeping them, developing loving relationships, and gaining long-term employment in a career.

Following the injury and its first diagnosis, the person may consult their family as well as their doctor about treatment options, of which there are plenty. Out of 5.3 million people suffering with TBI and the disabilities associated with it, many turn to alternative medicines and complementary treatments.

Massage Therapy For TBI

For easing pain, comforting people, and addressing cognitive as well as neurological issues, massage therapy helps. Several massage therapists solely focus on TBI issues such as concussions and headaches.

The massage therapist has to consider the usual contraindications as well as precautions which are a part of pediatric massages, but when it involves a kid with TBI issues, they also need to consider possible complications. Because kids continue to develop without achieving their full cognition potential, communications between the child and the massage therapist may be difficult. The therapist must learn to communicate in the best way with their patient. As often is the case, the massage therapist would speak to the patient’s parents and doctors for this.

Parents must fill out a detailed health history as well as any medication documents and prior to a session the parents and the massage therapist should ask and answer any questions they may have. Healthcare staff, including physicians, expects a massage therapist to take careful consideration of the child’s needs before a session begins, while coming up with a safe, effective session plan. This is why a massage therapist should speak with all the healthcare staff. Sessions may end up being different each time, depending on the individual’s needs. Because children with TBI are all unique cases, each massage therapy plan must also be unique in order to achieve the best beneficial outcome.

TBI and other head injury rates increase yearly, meaning the importance of both, massage therapists as well as healthcare workers, researching the latest safe and effective therapeutic care becomes greater.

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