Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

Case #1: You’ve had a concussion, maybe a few of them. You’re in sports or another organization that does IMPACT testing. Treatments already suggested to you may have included:

-Vestibular Therapy &/or Balance therapy

-Chiropractic care, or Acupuncture

-Limiting screen time & blue light glasses for gradual return

-Limiting anything that puts too much demand on the brain be it sensory (e.g. bright lights), thought or stress (time off from school), and decreased physical activity (especially for athletes or people used to high levels).

-Close monitoring of symptoms with a gradual return to activities.

Based on the data, these are all good steps to take…it’s just not an exhaustive list.

Or maybe you fall into Case #2: You’ve had a few bumps to the noggin over the years, but you’re not in sports so you haven’t had access to testing protocols, but you have had a medical diagnosis of concussion. You may think your “obvious” symptoms of headache, dizziness, “brain fog,” poor memory, decision making problems, & double vision are gone, but do any of these “straggler symptoms” seem familiar to you: Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Problems, Fatigue, or Digestive Issues?

What happens when despite following protocol, you’re just not getting better?

I’ve been honing in the delicate skills of Visceral Manipulation (VM) and CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for almost a decade now. These skills are highlighted in a recent publication (see green buttons for details)

These treatment techniques may be the key for those stubborn cases.

One of the benefits of CST, is that it helps to flush out old metabolites in congested areas of the brain. You can think of it like lymphatic massage or taping for a swollen knee. But, many times when we get a brain injury, it is a whole body experience. What else is involved? What deep (possibly neural) connective tissues are related even though they are in a different area of the body? This is why the Visceral & Neural Manipulation parts are so important to address. This means you with your head injuries, are a unique case, and may need different areas treated than somebody else with similar injuries and outcome scores.

Since your brain is probably hurting a little after reading that last paragraph, OPT offers FREE 20min phone or in-person consultations to answer any questions you may have on this topic.

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