Brain Injury and Whip Lash

In children the majority of head injuries come from traumatic brain injury (from falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports), infections around the brain, such as meningitis and encephalitis, stroke in childhood or a lack of oxygen to the brain (also called hypoxic-ischaemic events), which can result from near-drowning accidents, during birth, prolonged seizures or cardiac (heart) complications. In adults a head injury can be on the sports fields, a car accident or being violently hit in the head, even by a stationary object. Often mild head injuries can go untreated and can present under the following:

  • Physical function (e.g. weakness, poor balance, poor coordination)
  • Levels of fatigue (they can become tired out more easily, both mentally and physically)
  • Cognitive skills (e.g.  problems with attention and concentration, difficulty in planning and organisation)
  • Personality and behaviour (e.g. problems with emotional control, less aware of other’s feelings)
  • Communication (e.g. problems expressing themselves or understanding other people



 Cranial or head injury is probably the most undiagnosed, and therefore untreated physical problem. Because injury involves nerves and muscles that hold the head on the shoulders, a system of reactive muscles comes into play and this also affects the stability of the hips and pelvis and from here, all kinds of problems can manifest, from chronic pain to digestive disturbance, from unexplained weight gain to learning disabilities.

How can Therapy Help?

The organised neurological function of the brain itself depends on the very subtle and synchronous respiratory motion of the bone of the skull, which pumps the cerebral spinal fluid. This is responsible for proper drainage and circulation within the brain and skull.

We must consider the many reflex (automated) neurological functions which centre the pelvis to gravity and to the head, and those which right the head to gravity, the environment and the pelvis to maintain the alignment of the spine.

By dealing with CAUSES and NOT SYMPTOMS we are able to correct many dysfunctions and conditions which have often been difficult to treat in the past.


Key Learning for Children with Acquired Brain Injury

Learning Postural Control, Balance and Motor Skills

Linking of the vestibular, proprioceptive and postural systems which allows for balance, coordination and visual perception

Increased Participation in Activities of Daily Living

Feeding, bathing, toileting and dressing methods that utilise positioning devices, adaptive equipment, modification of the environment and handling techniques for optimal independence.


Attention and concentration, cognitive fatigue, flexible thinking skills, impulsivity, behaviour, making and keeping friends, memory and new learning, monitoring and insight, planning and organisational skills, problem solving skills, reasoning and abstract thinking, speed of information processing can all be addressed.

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