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Concussion

What is a concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

                                                                                                                                                      - CDC Definition


Most Concussions occur as a result of sports injuries, but can also arise from Motor vehicle accidents, objects hitting the head or falls in everyday life. It is important to note you can experience a concussion without your head coming into direct contact with an object or surface. The brain can hit the inside of the skull during deceleration. 


Because the brain is very complex, every brain injury is different. 

What is called a minor brain injury is referred to as such because it is not life threatening  injury, but symptoms can vary between a nuisance to debilitating for days, weeks or even longer.


Some symptoms may appear right away, while others may not show up for days or weeks after the concussion. Sometimes the injury makes it hard for people to recognize or to admit that they are having problems.

Treatment

Integrative Manual Therapies (CranioSacral Therapy, Neural Manipulation and Visceral Manipulation) facilitate natural healing processes already at work. When the body is no longer bound by restrictions along the fascial system, it can move with greater ease, readily adapt to its environment, and thus have a greater expression of health.


By balancing the Central Nervous System, increasing proper circulation & decreasing tissue restrictions we support your body’s innate ability to heal the concussion.

About Concussions

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Sypmtoms

  • Feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering new information
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting (early on)
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Feeling tired, having no energy
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • More emotional
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Sleeping less than usual
  • Trouble falling asleep

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Child Symptoms

  • Crying more than usual
  • Headache that will not go away
  • Change in the way they play, perform or act at school
  • Change in nursing, eating, or sleeping patterns
  • Becoming easily upset or increased temper tantrums
  • Sad mood
  • Lack of interest in usual activities or favorite toys
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
  • Loss of balance, unsteady walking
  • Poor attention

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Post Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.


Some experts believe post-concussion symptoms are caused by structural damage to the brain or disruption of the messaging system within the nerves, caused by the impact that caused the concussion.


Others believe post-concussion symptoms are related to psychological factors, especially since the most common symptoms — headache, dizziness and sleep problems — are similar to those often experienced by people diagnosed with depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

                                                                                                          - Mayo Clinic

Massage Therapy Approaches

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CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

A light-touch, whole-body treatment technique that works with the body’s craniosacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system — improving overall health and well-being. By freeing restrictions within the central nervous system, CST naturally reduces pain and stress, strengthens resistance to disease, and enhances health and well-being.

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Visceral Manipulation (VM)

A gentle manual therapy that assesses the structural relationships between the viscera (organs), and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the various systems in the body. It assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body.

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Neural Manipulation (NM)

A light-touch, hands-on treatment that releases local nerve restrictions, while at the same time examining the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns. NM aims to free tissue restrictions within the central and peripheral nervous systems. NM can enhance proper functioning of the nervous system – one of the communication highways throughout the body.

Video

Ricky Williams Concussion Pilot Program with Participant Interviews.