What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain experiences a sudden impact or jolt. It commonly occurs as a result of a blow to the head, a fall, or any force that causes the brain to move within the skull. Concussions can also occur without a direct impact to the head, such as in cases of whiplash or rapid acceleration/deceleration forces.

Concussions can lead to a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms.
Physical symptoms may include:

  • Headaches,
  • Nausea,
  • Dizziness,
  • Light or noise sensitivity,
  • Fatigue.

Cognitive symptoms can involve:

  • Difficulty concentrating,
  • Memory problems,
  • Confusion,
  • Slowed thinking

Emotional symptoms may manifest as:

  • Irritability,
  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • Mood swings.

Rest and a gradual return to activities are typically recommended to allow the brain to heal. It's crucial to monitor symptoms and follow healthcare professionals' guidance to ensure a safe recovery.

How long does it take to recover from a concussion?

Recovery time for concussion varies from person to person and depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury and individual differences. In most cases, the majority of concussion symptoms resolve within a few weeks to a few months. However, some individuals may experience symptoms for a longer duration.
During the initial phase of recovery, rest is often advised to allow the brain to heal. This may involve limiting physical and cognitive activities that exacerbate the symptoms. As symptoms improve, a gradual return to normal activities, such as school or work, is typically recommended under guidance from your healthcare professional.
It is important to note that every concussion is unique and the recovery timeline can vary. Some individuals may recover more quickly, while others may require a longer period.

How can Osteopathy help with concussion?

Osteopathy can potentially help with concussion by addressing various symptoms and promoting the body's natural healing processes. Osteopathic practitioners use manual techniques to assess and treat imbalances in the body, including those caused by a concussion. By applying gentle manipulations, they aim to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and restore the body's overall balance. This may help alleviate symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties.