Today we’re taking a look at some of the neurological health issues that affect men’s health, and some of the barriers we can help overcome.
According to Movember, issues impacting the state of men’s health include lack of awareness, stigma around mental health and men not openly discussing how they feel, reluctance to take action or see a doctor, and participating in risky activities.
Maintaining optimal brain health
The first thing we can do for brain health is to preserve it. From a perspective of functional neurology, the issues affecting all of us as we age are applicable here too. For instance, if you’re experiencing difficulty with balance and posture, memory loss, mood swings, or digestive discomfort, these might be signs of a treatable neurological issue, and you should talk to a doctor. You can help maintain optimal brain health through physical fitness, proper diet and nutrition, and getting enough sleep.
Second, because men are more likely to experience symptoms but less likely to seek treatment, it’s important to remember we’re here to help! If diminishing brain function has you struggling with work, relationships, or daily routines, an evaluation can help determine the appropriate next steps.
Seeking treatment for injuries
We have written about how women experience concussions or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) more frequently than men, but according to the Brain Injury Association of America, men have a higher incidence of serious TBI than women, particularly during young adulthood. Men are also more likely to experience work-related TBI. Moreover, men are more likely to leave the hospital after admission against medical advice.
Additionally, with concussion injuries, men are more likely to experience symptoms of amnesia and disorientation, while women are more likely to report headaches, drowsiness, and nausea. Whatever your symptoms, if you’re still struggling with them weeks or months after an injury, Neurohealth has helped others like you find relief.
Depression and suicide
Depression and suicide are among the top 10 health risks affecting men, according to Healthline. We often talk about depression at Neurohealth Services because it can be a symptom of a wide range of neurological conditions we treat. The most important thing to remember is that if you’re not feeling like yourself, trust your instinct. If an injury, illness, or other neurological condition has led to ongoing symptoms of fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, or depression, Neurohealth can perform advanced diagnostics in order to pinpoint the root cause, and we have the tools to treat them.
Get Help Today
If you’ve experienced an injury or have lingering symptoms from a concussion or neurological condition, contact Neurohealth Services for a free consultation. We’ve helped people just like you improve their quality of life and get back to sports, work, and the activities they love. Call us at (317) 848-6000.
Dysautonomia (POTS) is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system, and today we’re taking a look at the symptoms our patients most often report as well as some of the treatment options.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is one form of dysautonomia which causes decreased blood flow to the brain.
Do I Have POTS Syndrome? (Quiz)
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, and the symptoms are slowing you down or affecting your daily routines, an evaluation would help determine the best course of action.
Because other conditions can mimic the symptoms of POTS, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis to rule out other causes and ensure appropriate treatment. At Neurohealth we perform detailed neurological examinations along with using high-tech diagnostic equipment to isolate areas of the brain that are under-functioning. With POTS, dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System is caused by top-down brain control systems not regulating output. Our examination with undercover neurologic and metabolic factors causing POTS.
Treatment of dysautonomia is focussing on activating networks in the brain that are dysregulated and thus causing faulty autonomic regulation. Typically areas in the vestibular system and brainstem are the underlying areas causing this problem. Our treatment combines the use of physical, vestibular, and oculomotor treatments along with using a tilt table to re-educate your autonomic responses. Treatment slowly reteaches your body how to stand up without big heart rate fluctuations.
Dysautonomia International offers these gentle reclined, chair, and pool exercises for those who struggle with conventional exercise due to autonomic disorder. These exercises can include:
Make sure you talk to a doctor before starting any new exercise routine and ask our team about a customized routine for your specific ability and condition.
If you experience dizziness, headaches, fainting, fatigue, shortness of breath, or nausea, call Neurohealth Services at (317) 848-6000 for an evaluation today.