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What causes brain fog and how can it be treated?

I tell people that the tentorium membrane is like plastic wrap around our brain and the fluids that surround it and it is often the culprit for many people’s headaches and brain fog.

In my experience, there are a couple of different general causes of brain fog. The most important part of treating an ailment is to discover what might be causing it. So take a look below and see if any of these resonate with you!

  1. Poor sleep. Let’s start here. If I have a patient experiencing brain fog, one of the first things I ask about is sleeping habits. Sometimes just changing your sleeping posture will help you get through the night. You may something like sleep apnea or maybe you would have a better night’s sleep with a weighted blanket. If some at-home solutions aren’t providing relief, maybe it’s time to seek out a sleep specialist.

  2. Anxiety/stress/depression. These are never good in any facet. Outside help may be necessary. Psychiatrists and psychologists, nutritionists, or even hypnotherapy are good ways to combat this and get you out of head pain and brain fog.

  3. Brain fog can happen because of poor nutritional exchange. Introducing biochemical agents like alcohol/recreational drugs or things you are allergic to can block the draining purpose of the valves in ventricles. This forces the tentorium to tighten up and deliver poor flow to exchange healthy materials and get rid of waste products we produce in the cerebral spinal fluids.

  4. Probably the most advertised and in the news are head traumas and brain injuries. Trauma can disrupt this web-like matrix and really become an issue. Think soccer headers or colliding helmets in football, falls from snowboarding/skiing, road and mountain biking. These are among many sports that can create traumas we all have to look out for. Car accidents and other types of trauma that may cause whiplash can also increase tightening in your skull.

Cranial-sacral therapy can provide a lot of relief for people suffering from brain fog and/or headaches. If you’re able to find a therapist near you that can perform this type of therapy, you’re in for a treat.

If you’re looking for a quick at-home remedy that may help, try out our tentorium membrane stretch. It can help decrease tightness in the tentorium membrane and ease some symptoms of brain fog, headaches and migraines!

Jaw exercises may also be beneficial to relieve symptoms. Try out some of these exercises from Dr. Luo for jaw pain. You just might find some relief!

Let us know if any of these exercises worked for you and remember: we can and we will get better together!

Dr. Justin Lin

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