What is it?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
What can Physiotherapy treat?
A term applied to symptoms, such as headaches or dizziness that persist for weeks or months after initial concussion.
How can Physiotherapy Help?
- Rest and Recovery
A physiotherapist can help show you how to limit any kind of activities (physical, sport, recreational, electronics, school) after a concussion until it is safe to return to these activities. Rest helps the brain heal and help symptoms clear.
- Manual Therapy
Concussion is often accompanied with cervical spine sprain. Manual therapy can help neck mobility, pain and strength as well as headaches.
- Stopping Dizziness and Improving Balance – Vestibular rehabilitation
Headaches and dizziness are often cause by an oculo-motor dysfunction or imbalance following a concussion. Physiotherapists can help retrain the dysfunction and/ or imbalance.
- Exertional Therapy
For symptoms that persist > 1 month, exertional therapy is when a physiotherapist assesses the HR threshold that will cause symptoms and shows the client how to train at 80% of that HR to reset the autonomic dysregulation that can be present after a concussion.
- Reducing Headaches
A physiotherapist can assess the different possible causes of your headaches and use specific treatments and exercises to help reduce or eliminate them. Treatments may include stretches, strength and mobility and eye exercises or hands on techniques.
- Returning to Normal Activity or Sport
As symptoms improve and ease and you are able to regain your normal strength and endurance without symptoms returning, your physiotherapist will help you with a gradual return to daily activities in the quickest and safest way possible.
*American Physical Therapy Association