A concussion is a traumatic brain injury which alters brain function. A blow to the head or body causes the head to move back and forth rapidly, resulting in damage to the brain. 15% of those who experience concussion will suffer long term complications. Symptoms may be temporary, but in some cases can go on for weeks or months.
Checking the initial impact of the concussion is essential. This may involve a trip to A&E or calling an ambulance to rule out serious injuries.
Though Hollywood seems to think that you have to lose consciousness to have a concussion, this isn’t the case. A concussion occurs when there is an injury to the head.
Symptoms may include memory problems, confusion, headaches, dizziness, nausea, slow responses and being off-balance or co-ordination problems.
The person with a concussion may also be accompanied by a spinal injury, so if you see an injured person with a resulting concussion, call an ambulance. Do not try and move them.
Osteopathy can be an excellent tool to heal, able to treat concussions and their residual symptoms. Techniques such as craniosacral therapy restore the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the central nervous system, promoting healing.
Skilled bodywork like osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture help the body heal from the shock it suffered when the concussion occurred, physical and emotional. From helping you release tension in your diaphragm, to calming your fight or flight response and releasing restrictions in the neck, spine and cranial bones, IMI will help you get back to where you were pre-injury.
In the two weeks following concussion, in which you’re advised not to take anti-inflammatory medication, acupuncture can help manage pain effectively. Useful in both acute and chronic stages of recovery, acupuncture manages headaches and pain from neck trauma. B6 and ginger can also be useful in relieving nausea.