Dr. Heidi Haavik, a speaker, chiropractic researcher, and neurophysiologist will discuss how the brain and body communicate via the spine. There is a constant flow of information between the brain and body through the superhighway-like structure of the spinal cord. When both the brain and body are healthy, this pathway is precise and specifically laid out. In the case of a brain trauma, this pathway is anything but a straight line. A Dr. must work with the pieces that are still available, causing them to work at their maximum output efficiency. Since the human form is so amazingly complex, the recovery process is more than just a straight line. Dr. Haavik will speak about some of these interconnections and the effects that can occur at various stages.
If a segment is damaged through the wear-and-tear of daily life or in the case of a tbi, through an immediate, overwhelming force, the body ceases interaction with the brain, causing a temporory breakdown in the precise 2-way communication through our nervous system. There is (among other problems) pain and temperature regulation issues, sensory irregularities or physical weaknesses/paralysis. Fixing the segment (through surgery or chiropractic) will help resolve (permanently or partially) these dysfunctions.
Through it all, though, there remains some communication; and this neurophysiological research points to a better understanding of how the conversation works. Since most of us (here) are in recovery from a tbi, or know someone who is, a basic understanding can make clear what aspects are involved and what we can personally do to help improve this information flow.