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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, usually caused by a blow the head, which alters the way your brain functions. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can help reduce recovery time and long-term side effects of concussions, which are often under-diagnosed and can cause serious health problems later in life.*
Causes for Concussions
There are many different activities and accidents that can result in a concussion. Concussions, otherwise known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), typically happen as a result of a traumatic or heavy blow to the head. However, concussions can also happen even as a result of light injuries to the head. That is why we tell our New Canaan patients that they are better-safe-than-sorry, and should get medical attention. Regardless of the actual cause though, concussions are very serious and can result in permanent brain damage or death if not treated immediately. Typical circumstances that can potentially cause a concussion include:
- Sports injuries involving the head
- Car accidents
- Slipping, tripping, or otherwise falling, onto the head
Symptoms of a Concussion
There are many symptoms typically associated with concussions. When a person sustains a concussion, that individual is likely to experience several symptoms. This fact, paired with the fact that concussions usually happen as a result of a moderate to severe blow to the head, generally makes diagnosing, and even self-diagnosing, concussions easy for our Danbury patients. The symptoms that can indicate a concussion include:
- Headaches and/or migraines that persist
- Dizziness, loss of balance, and lightheadedness
- Blurred vision
- Constant and chronic fatigue, little-to-no energy
- More or less difficulty sleeping than usual
- Changes in mood, and mood swings
- Easily lost or confused
- Slow reaction times, reading speeds, difficulty thinking and speaking
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss in senses of smell and/or taste
- New anxiety or depression
If you are experiencing any, or any combination, of these symptoms following an injury to the head, it is of the utmost importance to seek medical attention immediately. Any blow to the head has the possibility of causing a concussion, or bleed in the brain.
Rest and Recovery Recommendations for Concussions
Following a concussion, the brain needs an adequate amount of time to heal properly. There is a quantifiable decrease in brain function, and it will need a significant time to heal in order to return to its proper condition. This is where Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT), comes into play. OMT can help reduce recovery times for our Ridgefield patients by manipulating the tissues and bones affected by the injury. By working with the tissues and bones associated, an osteopathic physician can help increase blood flow, resistance, and flexibility in the affected areas. These are the steps recommended by the Osteopathic Wellness Center in order to facilitate a proper recovery following a concussion:*
- Resting is required immediately following the diagnosis for 24-48 hours. This means avoiding as much bright light, and as many loud sounds that you can. Additionally, a person will need to stay home from work or school, and avoid many physical activities for 7-10 days following.
- Staying hydrated is a great way to keep the brain and body healthy in general. Making sure you stay hydrated following a concussion will help facilitate recovery by helping restore fluid in the brain, and by removing toxins that build up as a result of damage.
- Lots of carbs should be introduced into your diet following a concussion in order to restore the energy in the brain that is lost when the injury is sustained. Pasta and multigrain breads can help supply recovery well.
- Osteopathic manipulation following the injury can help by restoring blood flow, as well as by helping relax the muscles associated with the injury. In addition, this will also help with restoring respiratory and nervous system functions affected.*
- Check-up with a physician every 2-3 days following the concussion in order to make sure the body and brain are recovering properly as expected.
How can osteopathic treatment help?
- Osteopathy can help enhance the body’s natural mechanisms to heal itself, and osteopathic physicians may prescribe medicines, or other natural supplements, if needed for our Ridgefield, Danbury, New Canaan.*
- OMT is a gentle manual approach that facilitates the realignment and symmetry of the cranial bones, rebalancing of the internal membranes, and optimization of cerebro-spinal fluid flow.*
- Cranial osteopathy helps to remove any structural imbalances in the head and neck that are maintaining the injury and delaying healing of the concussion.*
Why Osteopathic Wellness for Concussions
Osteopathic Wellness Center is the place to go for a strong recovery following a concussion. Our physicians use osteopathic manipulation (OMT) in addition to traditional treatment methods in order to facilitate a strong and speedy recovery. We believe that the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself, and that that ability can be strongly helped and affected by the use of OMT. By using OMT to restore blood flow, relax muscles, manipulate tissue, our dedicated physicians can restore function healthily and efficiently in our Ridgefield, Danbury, and New Canaan patients.* If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us, or call today at: 203-438-9915.
Links to helpful articles:
- “Recovery from Concussions” by David Johnston, D.O., Published in Natural Awakenings Magazine
- “Osteopathic manipulative treatment resolves concussion symptoms, report suggests“, by American Osteopathic Association, Published on ScienceDaily.com
- “How to Improve Recovery and Long Term Effects of Concussions, What Student Athletes Need to Know” by American Osteopathic Association, Published on Osteopathic.org
- “The Best Doctors You’ve Never Heard Of” by Meehan Christ, Published in Prevention Magazine