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Concussion therapy BarrieAre You Living With the Concussion Consequences?

After a concussion, individuals may experience the toughest symptoms that can be alleviated through concussion therapy in Barrie, ON. A customized recovery program should rely on aerobic exercises and muscle-training activities to rebuild strength and stamina. Furthermore, targeted massage, stretches, and eye motion training may help mitigate conditions like headaches and nausea. Scroll below to read more about the treatment methods and approaches to concussion therapy in Barrie.

Please be advised that trying to do exercises without a physical therapist’s guidance may worsen your condition.

Your highly trained specialist for concussion therapy from South Barrie Health Group will support you in understanding the severity of your injury and providing you the guidance for the best post-injury activities for you:

  • Vestibular therapy can be employed to reorient yourself and resolve lightheadedness or instability. 
  • Strategies like eye-targeting at specific targets and simple movements to secure one’s core and limbs can be recommended depending on the case. 

Concussion therapy in Barrie is hugely beneficial in aiding concussion recovery. You should always contact a physician regarding any additional steps to make sure there is no lasting brain damage.

Symptoms of Concussion

The severity of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) symptoms may differ depending on various risk factors. Although having multiple head traumas is likely to make the effects of PCS last longer, short-term consciousness loss does not necessarily influence the level of persistent symptoms. Moreover, the possible intensity of the issue is not necessarily determined by the type of impact (playing sports or a car accident, etc.). 

Even if it seemed insignificant at the time of the injury, it could have considerable effects on a person’s life in the future. Our trained specialists engaged in concussion therapy in Barrie are aware that these can include 

  • balance problems, 
  • post-traumatic headaches, 
  • anxiety, 
  • depression, 
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), 
  • and emotional instability.

You may experience PCS years after the injury, and it is not your fault: the intensity of the symptoms can increase, decrease, and change with strenuous activity or stress. Thus, people related to such occurrences are gradually learning to practice healthy routines, from consuming a balanced diet to getting enough rest and staying away from anything that can worsen the condition. 

Even if the injury occurred long ago, treatment options are still available. 

Recent studies demonstrate that both young patients recently affected and those whose injury happened 30 or more years ago, may see significant progress during and post-treatment. 

Our South Barrie Health Group’s specialists can assist those with injuries even decades old. Reach out to us to arrange a consultation to discuss your personal condition.

Concussion Therapy in Barrie

For treating Post-Concussion Syndrome, two main kinds of options are available. 

  • Medication (should be pursued as a last resort).
  • Physical rehabilitation (therapy).

While medication may lessen certain symptoms, it also often results in unwanted effects and worsens some. 

On the other hand, active rehabilitation (therapy) is often regarded as the ideal protocol for regaining cognitive wellness.  

Treatment Methods for Concussion and PCS

Signs and symptoms – such as headaches, cognitive task difficulties, balance problems, and mood swings – often persist after a concussion. A specialist for concussion therapy in Barrie will consider a range of factors when developing an individualized treatment plan. To be more precise, our physical therapist will study your concussion history, vestibular issues, mood changes, etc.

This plan can consist of the following elements: 

1. Exercise Therapy

According to specialized research, there are blood flow alterations in the brain with a head injury. These flow changes may be linked to dysfunctions of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and can persist even after injury. 

The ANS consists of 

  • Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), which function is to increase heart rate and release adrenaline in crises.
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), which decreases heart rate and is responsible for digestion.

Imbalances in the ANS, with high SNS “part,” leads to an inability to regulate heart rate and blood circulation to the brain correctly. This can cause lightheadedness and fatigue, affects digestion, and poses a risk of further injury. 

Fortunately, these symptoms can be tested for and treated. Typically a rehab professional does that. It can be a physical therapist or chiropractor who has received advanced training in head injury and concussion therapy in Barrie.

2. Neck Injuries Rehab

Whiplash and/or neck problems are a possible scenario after a concussion. Signs and symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome (memory and concentration issues, dizziness, eye movement control issues, etc.) closely resemble those commonly attributed to neck pain. Though, pain in the neck area may not always be present. Manual therapy and special exercises within the post-concussion therapy in Barrie can treat these symptoms.

3. Diet/Nutritional Changes

Inflammation in the brain, as well as metabolic disruptions following a concussion, create an energy deficit. Rest used to be prescribed to minimize energy expenditure. However, newer studies indicate that exercise can actually be beneficial, provided the protocol is specific to the individual’s needs. 

Avoiding refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, etc., and replacing them with healthy alternatives like fruits, vegetables, and good fats (coconut oil, almonds) can help reduce post-concussion inflammation and improve symptoms. Additionally, various supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, creatine, curcumin, magnesium glycinate, etc.) have also been seen to have positive effects. All patients should consult a healthcare provider before taking the above or any other supplements.

4. Vestibular and Visual Issues

Ongoing dizziness, balance issues, and cognitive complaints are some post-concussion syndrome symptoms often associated with the vestibular (balance) and visual systems. 

Depending on test results, therapy may be prescribed to address these issues, administered by physical therapists and chiropractors. Studies have found improvements in dizziness and other visual problems within a course of concussion therapy in Barrie, Ontario.

5. Support the Patient

Mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, can become reasons for the risk of PCS to grow. Symptoms of both mental health and head injury may be similar. 

Not imposing long-term restrictions and avoidance tactics, making the patient aware of his/her condition and available treatment options is paramount to ensure recovery and a positive prognosis. According to the research results, patient education and a feeling of empowerment can be the best treatment for PCS.

Want to Know More About Concussion Therapy in Barrie?

Please contact our clinic if you have any questions concerning concussion therapy in Barrie and Simcoe region. Our specialists will be happy to answer all your questions.