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. Johann de Chickera, ND
Johann 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!