Have you ever had a fall, injury or other trauma? It could be as simple as a fall off your bike, a slip on the ice, or something bigger, like a car accident.
When your body experiences trauma there is a physiological response the body goes through to protect itself. The body’s response is always the same if the trauma is severe enough. Here is a Trauma Flow Chart that explains the process.
CHANGE IN TISSUES
COMPENSATION & OR SYMPTOMS
When you have a TRAUMA to your body, an inflammatory response occurs to the injured tissues. The damaged tissues create a chemical response in the body. Typically when your tissues are damaged by trauma the blood and proteins leak out of the blood vessels. These proteins attract water and cause INFLAMATION and swelling in the region of the trauma.
This triggers an immune response that starts a change in the tissue structures. The body starts laying down more collagen tissue to help repair the damaged area. The collagen is stiff, FIBROUS TISSUE that acts as extra support for the damaged area. This tougher, denser tissue will start to RESTRICT normal movement of the injured area.
Typically, muscles and connective tissue are made up of elastin and collagen. The elastin give us flexibility and the collagen gives us stability. So when we have a trauma the body tries to protect and support the area by laying down more collagen fibers, leading to a CHANGE IN TISSUES.
Because this change in your tissues is made up of stiffer, more ridged connective tissue, your normal function is impeded. Because we don’t have the same flexibility in the traumatized area, our body has to COMPENSATE for these changes. The compensation leads to SYMPTOMS locally at the sight of trauma and in many cases, if left untreated, the symptoms can manifest anywhere in your body.
That explains why the trauma to your tailbone, when you fall on the ice, can lead to headaches, if left untreated.