Hair Loss and Physical Trauma

Hair Loss and Physical Trauma

The world around us is not always kind to the human body, and as result, we have a number of inbuilt systems that are able to limit the damage we might experience in everyday life.  One of the most important of these is a condition called shock, where the human body pulls all unnecessary processes of life in a bid to protect our core beings.  There are however a range of treatments including laser light therapy that can help bring the hair back into full production


Types of physical trauma related to hair loss

The varieties of shock that can be experienced vary considerable from mild stresses to coma, but none of these states is particularly good for the hair. In many cases, this is, however, a temporary problem.

Telogen effluvium is the name given to hair loss through major trauma or shock.  There can be many reasons why your hair has reverted to this condition.  This could be because of physical or mental shock.  It can also be related to general ill health or surgery. The list of reasons why the body may feel like it is shocked are literally endless.


Hair growth stages

Hair grows in cycles and goes through three distinct stages.

The anagen phase is the first cycle and this is when the hair grows. This cycle varies between adults and can last between three to seven years. 90% of your hair is always in this state

Stage 2 is called the catagen phase. In this stage, the hair will stop growing and the hair follicles will shrink.

The final stage is known as the telogen phase. This lasts for around 100 days. The hair is lost and new hair that has been forming will start to grow. Just 10% of your hair is in the telogen phase.

When the body suffers any type of trauma these phases are upset and trigger more hair loss than growth. This can happen at any age and it can take up to a 100 day for it to be noticed.

It can take up to 6 months for your hair to recover and to be placed back into the correct phase of growth.  However, there are steps that can be used to mitigate the problem.  These treatments may include caffeine-rich shampoos that stimulate the scalp or massage and laser light therapy to stimulate blood and nutrient flow to the affected areas.

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