A Physiotherapist can determine the root causes of various concussion symptoms and then create a customized treatment plan to get you feeling better.
Usually, a Physiotherapist will check to see if your neck or spine has been affected by a concussion or injury.
After a concussion individuals may experience muscle weakness in the neck. A Physiotherapist can help:
Improve the function of the neck
Strengthening exercises – Your physiotherapist will provide you with exercises to improve the strength of your neck which will help reduce your symptoms
Manual therapy – Hands-on techniques can be used to make sure all your joints are moving well particularly the spine and neck.
Myofascial release techniques – you see whenever you experience any traumatic force like a concussion, restrictions in your fascia can occur which can cause severe pain and limited range of motion.
Fascia is a thin web-like casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ and muscle in your body. Myofascial release technique helps restore normal range of motion.
Vestibular Issues After a Concussion
Your vestibular system contains parts of your inner ear that processes sensory information about controlling balance and eye movements.
After a concussion, vestibular problems can occur causing dizziness or balance issues.
In particular, research shows that 80% of those who experience a concussion report vertigo in the first few days, weeks, or more after, which is a condition where one feels like the world is spinning. A technique called Canalith repositioning maneuver can help ease the symptoms of vertigo like dizziness.
Balace is typically diminished after a concussion. A physiotherapist can provide you exercises to improve this.
Visual Disturbances After a Concussion
If vision is affected after a concussion a physiotherapist can perform ocular reflex training to improve visual motor control and reduce vision problems.