How Can Massage Help with a Concussion?
Fortunately, there are many different options you have to treat a concussion injury. Mild concussions may simply need some time and proper rest to heal, while moderate or severe concussions might need a combination of medications, rehabilitation and possibly even surgery.
There’s also alternative healthcare options that have proven to be effective in treating concussion symptoms. Chiropractic Functional Neurology, for example, is one of them. But what about massage therapy?
Before diving into answering this question, lets take a bit of time to discuss what a concussion is and how this brain injury can affect the daily lives of those who are unfortunate enough to get one.
A Concussion: What is it?
A Concussion is a sudden jolt of the brain inside the skull, affecting the neurons. A concussion can be a result of an impact/collision in sports or recreational activities, a motor vehicle accident, or even a slip and fall.
Concussions can occur from a side impact or backwards impact on the head, or a hit that is sustained from the front of the head.
Sometimes milder concussions can even go unnoticed! Just because you aren’t suffering from pain, memory loss or other symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you haven’t sustained a concussion injury!
- Also see these 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Concussions
What are some common symptoms of a concussion?
Some of the most common symptoms associated with a concussion brain injury include:
- light sensitivity
- blurry vision
- balance problems
- altered mood and behaviour
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty in memory
- difficulty with sleeping restfully
NOTE*: This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms associated with a concussion injury.
- Learn more about Concussions & Associated Symptoms
How can massage help with a concussion?
#1 – Massage therapy can help to decrease nerve compressions in the head, neck and upper thorax
#2 – Massage can improve the visual tracking of the eyes by working on the muscles of the eye
#3 – Massage can help improve postural imbalances that are a result of forceful physical impacts
#4 – Massage can help to decrease the “pressure” feeling in the head and decrease the severity and frequency of headaches and / or migraines
#5 – Massage can help to reset your breathing pattern after sustaining a concussion as many concussion patients use their chest and upper thorax muscles to assist in breathing instead of using their diaphragm
Learn more about concussions and how we can help you recover today:
- 10 Examples of Sports Concussions in Professional Sports
- How Concussions are Treated at Revelation Health
- Sports Injury Clinic in Calgary: Revelation Health Chiropractic
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