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Brain Fog Treatment for Clear Thinking

Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Mental Clarity and Positivity

Brain fog is a symptom that includes confusion, memory issues, poor concentration and a lack of focus.

It's not a medical condition as such, but it's a term used to describe certain symptoms that can affect your ability to think straight. Confusion, disorientation, difficulty focusing on things or coming up with the right word or phrase.

What sort of things can bring on symptoms of brain fog?
Well, the list can be overwhelming as it can contain some quite worrysome conditions. But, most of these are usually being dealt with by other medical interventions. Things like:-
  • Long Covid (brain fog can be one symptom) Brain Fog
  • Pregnancy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Certain types of medication
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Menopause
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
So what is brain fog?
It's a type of mental fatigue. The brain has a big job to do. It monitors and changes many aspects of your body, sometimes multiple times a second, with a multitude of decisions and actions going on all at the same time.

Now the brain is quite capable of doing this year in and year out, and has been doing this from the time you were born to the time you got brain fog. You just didn't notice. The fact that you didn't notice is why you are still alive. Which is the wonderful nature of the brain. Imagine having to make all those decisions for yourself. There wouldn't be time to do anything else.

The brains job and capability are immense. Decades of study and research is still pondering every aspect of how and why the brain does what it does.

In its simplest form, imagine your brain is the processor in your computer or phone. When it's new it's lightning quick and responsive, right? But it eventually gets bogged down with programs, apps, documents, pictures, and all types of memory hugging processes. And then you get some dreaded malware come along and give it a good kicking. Everything slows down, that's if it works at all. The answer is to have a good clear out, or even a factory reset, and you're all good to go again.

The brain is not much different, in that, as a living thing, it can suffer from illness, disease and a host of other issues. It can't get malware thankfully, and I was going to include viruses here. But actually, we have discovered recently that a virus can indeed bring the brain down. One of the conditions that Covid brought with it was the propensity to leave us with symptoms now referred to as 'long Covid', the main symptoms being fatique and brain fog.

So what are the causes of brain fog?
There are lots of things put forward as the cause of brain fog. But, I'm not accepting any of it. In my view the discovery process doesn't go back nearly far enough. For example, we have:-
  • Stress - Everybody is stressed nowadays, but we don't all have brain fog.
  • Lack of sleep - The amount of sleep we need is different for everybody.
  • Hormonal changes - Time of life, pregnancy, thyroid imbalances?
  • Diet - Who can eat the 'perfect' diet with prices the way they are?
  • Medications - This ones easy. Change to something else and try again.
  • Medical conditions - See list above. Believe me, this is only scratching the surface.
  • Inflammation - An inflammatory response is caused by damage or something attacking the body.
  • Fatique - Tiredness is a symptom of something else (if not a full days work).
  • Changes in glucose levels (diabetes) - Okay, so some discipline required here.
  • Fibromyalgia - When it's painful to move we tend to become more sedentary.
  • Depression - Usually a symptom of something else going wrong in our lives.
  • Dehydration - Okay, maybe some of us don't drink enough water.
How can I treat my brain fog?
This will depend entirely on the cause. The problem with that is the body has been coping with many of these 'causes' for a long time, sometimes for years. Until it gets to the point where it can't cope any more.
Brain Fog
So what happens to make the brain and body incapable of coping with these 'causes' any longer? It's often called the 'Toxic Barrel Effect'. The body can cope and adapt for a long time until the stresses make it too overwhelming and can cope no longer. This causes a kind of shutdown. Where the body, physically and chemically, can't cope any longer.

Looking at it from another angle, could it not be that the body is responding to a stimuli of another making, that creates all, or some, of these other 'causes'?

Its never going to hurt to take iron if you're anaemic, sleep if you're sleep deprived, exercise, avoid excessive alcohol, taking supplements if your deficient, improve nutrition if your diet is crap.

But these won't work if the cause is something else a bit closer to home, perhaps tied directly to the brain function and nerves.

Have you ever heard of cerebrospinal fluid (CFS)?
Let me tell you what I know about the role of cerebrospinal fluid in health and disease and see if this correlates with your experience.

Cerebrospinal fluid is the liquid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. It is a colourless fluid contained inside a dural membrane that cushions your brain and spinal cord, protecting them from impact and carries important supplies from your blood, like oxygen and nutrients. It stabilizes the pH (the acidity and alkalinity) of the brain and spinal nerves, and also gets rid of the metabolic by products, such as waste and toxins from brain cells.

This fluid is moved around by a pumping action that encourages transport of the good products and elimination of the bad. So pretty important to our health wouldn't you agree?

What happens over time if this fluid stagnates or slows down? What can cause such a thing?
Disruption of the flow of CFS can affect the distribution of nutrients and oxygen, which the brain needs to function. But it can also slow down the collection and elimination of toxic substances such as cellular waste, metallic toxins, infected waste, dissolved waste gases and a host of other debris whose build up would rapidly cause terrible problems for our continued good health.

What happens when the body becomes toxic?
By that I mean infected with bacteria, viruses or poisons? We feel sluggish and run down. We suffer with fatigue. We can have a high temperature, inflammation and brain fog. Our very immune system, the one thing designed to protect us, becomes overwhelmed and misbehaves. Our muscles, ligaments and tendons become painful, tender and inflammed. We can have back pain and reduced spinal mobility. The list goes on and on.

In fact, the list is the same as the one we saw earlier: trouble sleeping, headaches, low energy or fatigue, memory problems, forgetfulness, poor concentration, mood swings, depression, low motivation, stress, inability to focus and confusion.

Is it not possible that some, or all of these problems could be caused by a stagnation of the cerebral spinal fluid? Anyone that feels tightness around the head, pain in the neck and shoulders, or suffers from back pain, can all point to one or more of these symptoms. All of these areas of the body are very close to the spinal and brain fluid and can have a direct influence on the flow and function of that fluid. Muscles locking down around the neck, joint dysfunction or bad posture can all disrupt the smooth flow and circulation of spinal fluid, like standing on a hosepipe.

What does the Manual Lymph Drainage do in these circumstances?
It enhances the cerebrospinal fluid circulation.
When performing this treatment, I will focus primarily on the head, neck and spine. It is not uncomfortable, or painful. Quite the opposite. The gentle movements are relaxing and calming overall, whilst at the same time invigorating the spinal fluid, encouraging renewal and regeneration.

I have been most fascinated by the way the body responds to manipulation of the CFS using a technique known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Patients with fatigue responded with improved energy. Patients with brain fog found they could think more clearly. This pattern has been repeated over and over again, leading me to suspect that it is stagnation of the cerebrospinal fluid that is the cause of many of these symptoms. Studies have already shown that production, exchange and transport of CSF through the dural membrane slows with age, so much so that from middle-age onwards the rate can reduce by as much as 50%.

If you think that any of this applies to you, please book an appointment, so we can at least give it a try.

We all can occasionally suffer with brain fog. If you feel your mental clarity is not what it used to be, or has deteriorated recently, I would invite you to come long to The Haven Healing Centre in Cheddar for assistance. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you to The Haven Healing Centre where we can talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs. Phil.

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