Healthy Body is a proud clinic of the Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI) Partnership Program – a network of clinics around the world offering evidence-based concussion care. From initial pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, as partnered CCMI practitioners, we collaborate with primary care physicians to co-manage concussions, helping patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play.
Our CCMI certified practitioners at Healthy Body are Dr. Erin Dashney, DC and Trang Le, Physiotherapy Resident.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain, following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body.
One common misconception is that someone must be hit in the head and be knocked unconscious, to be called a concussion.
However, a significant enough hit to the body may cause a whiplash effect and result in enough force to the brain to cause injury.
Here are just a few of the most common symptoms someone may experience, following a neck or head injury:
- Neck pain
- Feeling emotional
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Blurry or double vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Balance problems
Concussion and post-concussion syndrome are serious conditions. If you, or someone you know, has experienced a head or neck impact recently and then experienced any of the above symptoms, please schedule an assessment by one of our healthcare providers!
For the first 24-48 hours after an injury, full rest is generally recommended. All physically and mentally taxing activity is to be postponed.
Following this rest period, a gradual increase in mental and physical exertion is prescribed, and symptoms are monitored.
If symptoms don’t quickly resolve, the following treatments may help:
- Manual therapy of the neck
- Diet and nutritional changes
- Balance and eye movement exercises
Our goal with this type of injury is a gradual return to work / play, progressively increasing your mental and physical activity while ensuring your safety!
Our Concussion Experts
Dr. Christine Novokowsky, ND
Christine brings a holistic approach to health and wellness, offering traditional Chinese acupuncture and nutrition counseling.
Dr. Erin Dashney, DC
Dr. Dashney brings exceptionally skilled hands and clinical acumen to the table, and offers Active Release Technique and Acupuncture as well! Erin is a trained and certified CCMI practitioner.
Trang Le, MSc. PT
Trang brings skills in manual therapy and supervised exercise prescription to the clinic, helping people recover from injuries, surgeries, and chronic conditions. Trang is a trained and certified CCMI practitioner.