A concussion can cause a variety of concerning conditions and is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
It can happen from a sudden jolt or an impact on the head, neck, or body. Concussions can often happen with athletes, especially those who play contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer.
However, anyone who has experienced a fall, a car accident, or other traumatic events can also be subject to concussions. The symptoms to be concerned about would be in you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience nausea.
Some people may find they are suddenly bothered by the brightness of light and noise and experience sleep disturbances and mood changes. In most cases, these symptoms resolve within a few days to a few weeks. However, some people may experience persistent symptoms generally about seven days after a head injury that can last several months, and that condition is known as post-concussion syndrome.
Chiropractic and massage therapy are two alternative therapies that can help alleviate the symptoms of concussions. A Chiropractor will work the spine and other joints to improve mobility and reduce pain through manipulation.
A Massage therapist, on the other hand, uses various methods of massaging that can stimulate the soft tissues in the tendons and ligaments to promote relaxation and relieve tension. In the case of concussions, chiropractors and massage therapists can use specific techniques to address the underlying causes of symptoms.
Chiropractors can adjust the spine to encourage blood flow to the brain and reduce pressure on the nervous system. They can also perform cranial adjustments to alleviate headaches and other head-related symptoms.
Massage therapists can use various types of massage therapy to release tension and reduce pain in the affected areas. They can also use lymphatic drainage techniques to promote the removal of toxins and waste products from the body, which can help speed up the healing process.
In addition to chiropractic and massage therapy, people with concussions can benefit from other forms of alternative therapy, such as acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal remedies. These different types of therapies can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation, which can all contribute to a faster recovery.
Alternative therapies are a great addition to massage or chiropractic treatment for concussions. If you have received a head injury or are feeling any of the above-mentioned symptoms or conditions, please get medical attention immediately to rule out any serious complications, such as bleeding in the brain.
Chiropractic and massage therapy can be effective in helping to alleviate the symptoms of concussions and promote faster healing. Dr. Barry McHardy is our chiropractor at Parkway Back and Foot Clinic, and Brent Ellis, RMT, is our in-house Registered Massage Therapist.
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