Brainlash is a mild, traumatic whiplash to the brain and central nervous system.
Dr. Denton coined the term 'brainlash' in 1991 in an attempt to define and describe the experience of sustaining a whiplash not only to the neck, but to the entire cerebrospinal structure, from the tailbone up through to the brain.
Brainlash effectively rattles the core of the nervous system and supporting musculature.
This brain whiplash affects spinal alignment, and creates soft tissue irritation from the low back through to the mid-thoracic region, and up into the neck and head.
Describing what happens in a whiplash to the neck will equally describe what can also simultaneously happen to the brain. The back-and-forth, high-velocity 'whip' to the brain's infrastructure causes microscopic shears and tears. This structural strain can be too subtle to be detected on diagnostic scans.
Brainlash is a collection of subtle and often miniscule shears and tears inside the brain.
While these micro-shears lead to the manifestation of symptoms that are very real to the sufferer, they are frequently subtle and thus undetectable via conventional diagnostic tests geared towards more obvious injuries. To the casual observer, MTBI sufferers actually look like their normal selves from the outside. This can lead family and caregivers to misunderstand the often devastating impact of brainlash, leaving both the sufferer and the supporters feeling at sea.
But there is hope.