One of the keys to helping heal a concussion is rest. Not just physical rest, but mental rest as well.
Connect with the team at Life Therapies and ask us how our practitioners can help manage concussion, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome.
What is our role as physiotherapists in concussion management and how can we define practice-based competencies?
The “Invisible Injury”: Concussion Management and the Role of Physiotherapy
A 24-year-old male, who was an East Coast Hockey League centreman, was seen four months after suffering a concussion during a game. The impact of his opponent’s elbow contacting the right mandible resulted in loss of consciousness and brought an end to his hockey season. The patient presented with a myriad of familiar PCS symptoms, which were exacerbated by watching television and texting. On assessment, restrictions in range of motion were noted at the right parietal suture, and tightness was palpated in the falx cerebri. Treating this area not only resulted in quantitative changes in the patient’s perceived processing speed but also facilitated his ability to socialize. Treatments continued on a weekly basis and the intensity of symptom flare-ups decreased. Participation in low-intensity aerobic activity followed, with the goal of returning to symptom-free training.
Is craniosacral therapy an appropriate modality for concussion and post-concussion syndrome?
Physicians, now more than ever are recommending conservative treatment including manual therapy, acupuncture, education and exercise as part of a multi-modal approach for patients suffering from headaches and neck pain. These recommendations also include massage therapy.