|Brain Injury Treatments
Brain Injury treatments with Chiropractic
Dr. Michael Zolper’s treatment methods are based on the brain's ability to reorganize (Neuroplasticity), which means that healthy parts of the brain acquire and take on the functions which were previously carried out by the injured sections of the brain. The imperative for this to occur is reasonable support and stimulation of the patient on the part of the patient's caretakers.
The main aim of treatment is to encourage and increase the patients ability to move and function in as normal a way as possible. More normal movements cannot be obtained if the patient stays in a few positions and moves in a limited or disordered way. The aim of management is to help the patient to change his abnormal postures and movements so that he or she is able to comfortably adapt to the environment and develop a better quality of functional skills.
Each patient affected with brain injury can change his or her postural (muscle) tone. Tone is changeable, not only in relation to activity and moods, but also in response to being handled.
The first stage towards achieving functional activity is to enable the patient with spasticity to be less stiff and the pateint with athetosis to gain some control over their posture and movement. The patient with brain trauma can re-learn synchronized movements and muscle firing patterns but these are delayed or inefficient.
The brain controls all movements, so that when some part of the brain is damaged, as in auto accidents, skiing accidents, snowmobile or ATV crashes the direction of motor programs (the patient’s movements) is disorganized resulting in inefficient and ineffective movement.
Each case is treated individually as NO TWO Cases are exactly the same as each individual's personality is different.
In summary, the Dr. Michael’s approach states that each patient has the potential for an improved life with better function. The doctor must work with the patient by doing "what works the best". This requires an ongoing knowledge of current scientific motor control and neurological/rehabilitation literature, and boldness to put deficient theories in the past.