Brain Fog

Andrea Mohrle, MSPT, JSCC Release! Manual Therapy
Olympia, Washington


“Brain Fog” is a term, which is used to describe feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, word-finding difficulties, problems focusing, and others. It has a variety of causes, which include the following: - Stress - Lack of sleep - Physical inactivity - Nutritional components (vitamin/mineral deficiencies, food allergies or sensitivities, too much sugar, lack of protein or healthy carbs or healthy fats, etc.) - Reaction to environmental allergens or to medications - Symptom of a medical condition (hormone imbalances, thyroid disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lyme Disease, etc.) - Concussion/Traumatic brain injury - Protective reflexes causing fascia within and surrounding the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and its vessels (arteries, veins, lymphatic) and/or nerves to spasm* *This last example is least documented in the literature, however, effectively addressed with Counterstain treatment.


A skilled Fascial Counterstrain practitioner is able to assess which structures are affected and treat accordingly. Treatment consists of gentle compressions, body positioning, and tissue glides to mechanically eliminate strain on the structures affected, which shuts off the neurological reflex causing the spasm. Once this spasm is removed, local inflammation is able to drain, blood flow to and from that structure is improved, and associated tension in nearby tissues is normalized, allowing the body to heal. It is important that any other potential cause(s) of the brain fog is addressed properly for Fascial Counterstrain treatment to be most effective. Any contributing causes that have yet to be addressed would continue to irritate the structures that were treated and cause protective reflexes to return over time. If you have already addressed the commonly known causes of brain fog, but continue to suffer from symptoms, chances are that the important component of protective reflexes has not yet been treated. Fascial Counterstrain treatment may be the answer you have been looking for.