Your doctor diagnosed a concussion. Now what? If you are looking for more information about treatment options then you came to the right place!
FIRST ALWAYS TALK WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN ABOUT YOUR CONCUSSION HEALING PROCESS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS.
It is important to understand that every concussion is significant, unique, and potentially complex. The mechanism of injury that causes a concussion can damage multiple areas of the body, as well as the brain, including the cervical spine, the inner ear, and they eyes. Most often a multi-disciplinary treatment approach is most beneficial. Some concussion patients present with minor symptoms that clear up quickly, and other individuals can manifest symptoms that linger for weeks, months, even years. Healing post-concussion syndrome is a process of trial and error until the most beneficial treatment is found. Every individual experiences a different concussion healing journey
Please send us any questions you might have, and/or any additional treatments you tried and found beneficial. We are here to help!
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in improving short-term outcomes and in managing symptoms within the first year after injury and has been examined in a longitudinal cohort study looking at the entire diagnostic range of TBI.
Biofeedback assisted self-regulation training can be an effective treatment for post-concussion headaches. Biofeedback is the use of sensitive instruments to measure physical responses in the body and feed them back to you in order to help alter your body’s responses. You can observe the feedback on a computer screen or listen to sound feedback.
Cranial Facial Release
Cranial Facial Release or CFR is an advanced endo-nasal cranial technique that has been used quite successfully in the treatment of various neurological and structural disorders. CRT is an application that takes only a few minutes to administer, but has powerful results. CRT addresses the sympathetic nervous system (the one that dictates our natural fight or flight response).
Chiropractic Craniopathy focuses on the small yet important movement in the skull bones. When distortions occur, it directly affects not only blood flow, but also CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), which is vital for the brain and nervous system. This technique reduces stress on the brain, which allows restoration of normal CSF flow.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. This therapy stems from osteopathy, which is an approach that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease.
Energy therapy is the gentle art of clearing cellular memory through the human energy field promoting health, balance, and relaxation. Energy therapy is based on the concept of connection between the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms of our lives found in many holistic healing methods.
Essential Oils / Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize, and promote health of body, mind, and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological, and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process, Sometimes it is called essential oil therapy.
Feldenkrais Method (Functional Integration)
The Feldenkrais Method was specifically designed to treat those experiencing restricted, pained, or an otherwise limited range of motion due to injuries, chronic pain, or other physical or neurological concerns. People who participate in Feldenkrais sessions often see increases in flexibility and coordination, as well as decreases in pain and muscle tension. These changes might often combine to positively affect other areas of a person’s life.
Sessions may relieve pain, muscle tension, stiffness, and fatigue, but the increased ease of movement and higher levels of energy that may be experienced by participants can also have the effect of facilitating relaxation and easing stress. Thus, individuals experiencing anxiety, stress, or conditions leading them to develop feelings of stress or anxiety may also benefit from this physical approach to treatment.
Functional Neurology is a brain based therapy that has its roots in the chiropractic neurology specialty. Functional Neurology uses an in-depth understanding of the physiology of the human nervous system to specifically design therapies that enhance the performance of your brain and central nervous system.
Holistic & Herbal Supplements
High grade fish oil, Arnica, Skullcap, Turmeric, Lion’s Mane, Archangel Chamuel Essence, Bach Flower Remedies. A quick online search for each of these supplements offers more in depth information.
Over the years, clinical trials have revealed that hyperbaric therapy is a viable option to treat TBI related complications effectively. Oxygen is a known natural wound healer that has been used widely by medical experts since centuries and is a principal constituent in hyperbaric therapy.
When an individual has a concussion, their brain waves often get stuck in a repetitive pattern and their thinking and processing is impaired. Through Neurofeedback training training, one can learn to produce healthy brain waves again. Every brain regardless of function or dysfunction, is capable of learning to self-regulate and achieve healthy functioning.
A neurologist offers additional information in a interdisciplinary care approach to manage the constellation of symptoms that may present (physical, cognitive, and/or emotional.)
Neuropsychological assessments aim to evaluate an individual’s neurocognitive skills. The purpose is to determine how an individual’s brain is functioning and to understand brain behavior. Results of such tests can identify signs of dysfunction in different areas of the brain. Such information plays a significant role in the recovery process and determining treatment options.
NUCCA / Upper Cervical Chiropractor
The NUCCA (pronounced “new-ka”) procedure is a specific image guided realigned of the craniocervical junction. NUCCA recognizes the critical relationship between the upper cervical spine (neck) and the central nervous system and brain stem function. When the top vertebrae of the spine (called the Atlas) is misaligned, it can result in stress, tension, and pressure on the entire nervous system. This can impact all functions of the body, from breathing, to digestion, to circulation.
Through a precise but incredibly gentle technique, a NUCCA chiropractor ensures the Atlas is aligned, the spine is straight and balanced, and the head is centered over the neck – thus restoring balance in your body and ensuring efficient communication to the nervous system. This can alleviate stress, pain, and discomfort, allowing the body to heal and function properly.
Nutrition / Anti-inflammatory diet
The brain is the most nutrient-dependent, energy-dependent, and stress vulnerable organ in the body. When it is damaged by a concussion, providing it immediately with the right nutrients to maintain energy levels and reduce stress is crucial for speedy recovery without lingering symptoms.
Life is made up of meaningful everyday activities or occupations, such as walking the dog, gardening, preparing a meal, painting, doing the laundry, and playing games. Occupations are part of life; they describe who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Occupations help bring meaning to life.
When we cannot participate in daily occupations, due to injury, illness, disability, or social and environmental circumstances, occupational therapists help find solutions to address the meaningful everyday activities of life. Occupational therapy also helps prevent disability or illness and enhances the way we participate in our communities and lives. Occupational therapy helps us engage in the occupation of living.
Pharmacological therapy is a type of medical therapy that includes the use of different types of drugs. Most medications are prescribed to address chronic headaches.
Physical therapy may be recommended if your symptoms do not resolve in a reasonable timeframe or if your doctor detects associated symptoms that can be improved by PT. Physical therapy can play an important role in multidisciplinary concussion care. Licensed physical therapists (PTs) utilize their skill sets to effectively manage concussion injuries through evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation.
The role of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the management of concussion symptoms includes assessment and intervention for cognitive-communication deficits such as attention, memory, language, and executive functioning skills. Speech-language therapists also provide extensive education about concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) to patients and assist them in management of their symptoms with return to daily activities (e.g., school and work).
Sport Medicine / Concussion Clinic
A sports concussion clinic provides either evidence-based or holistic care, or a combination of both, for people who may have suffered a concussion while participating in a sport.
A vestibular physical therapist is a specific type of physical therapist who specializes in treating balance and dizziness. The vestibular system helps maintain your body’s sense of equilibrium (balance.)
Vision therapy can be effective in resolving a range of post-concussion symptoms stemming from vision problems. Specially training optometrists can diagnose issues with eye-teaming, focusing, and visual tracking, and then prescribe individualized vision therapy. This therapy can retrain the visual system to help eliminate the visual symptoms most commonly associated with post-concussion syndrome.
After experiencing physical trauma there is a severe body and mind separation that impacts the abilities of the nervous system and alters the pattern of the body, breath, and mind structure. Yoga means “to yoke” or “to unite” the body, mind, and spirit. A gentle yoga practice can offer cognitive, physical, and emotional improvements for someone healing from a concussion.