Concussions are tricky. They’re not something you can always overtly point out like a cut or a bruise but they are the most common type of brain injury. While usually associated with high-impact sports like soccer or rugby, anyone can get a concussion. From something as seemingly harmless as bumping your head on the edge of a kitchen cabinet or slipping and falling on a patch of ice. We’re all susceptible, which is why it is important not only to be familiar with the symptoms, but knowing that it is treatable.
Specifically, concussions are a brain movement injury. They happen when you brain is quite literally rattled. Your brain has the consistency of jello, and sits inside fluid that protects it from everyday movement. But when you’re head is hit or jerked too quickly, it causes the brain to slide around and hit the skull. This is where the symptoms come from. While symptoms start pretty quickly after the impact, they’re not always instantaneous. Some symptoms can start can take a few hours to a few days to arise.
If you think you may be suffering from a concussion, here are the symptoms you should look out for:
Getting hit in the head will almost always result in a headache. It may start immediately or a few minutes after impact.
2. Dizziness and Nausea
A blow to the head can throw off your center of balance, making you feel unsteady, dizzy, and nauseous.
3. Mental Fogginess and Difficulty Concentrating
Because a concussion impairs higher mental functions, most people find their thinking is slowed down. This translates to feeling "foggy." Oftentimes, concussions impact the part of the brain that controls complex behaviors, such as planning a set of activities or connecting a series of mental thoughts can be difficult. It's also hard to concentrate—and concentrating will make any headache worse.
4. Difficulty Speaking
When your thinking is inhibited, it can also impact your ability to communicate either through slurred words or forming sentences. You may have difficulty speaking and feel like you can't get your thoughts out, which is extremely frustrating.
Chances are, if you have a concussion, you aren’t sleeping well. Although there are few explanations for why fatigue sets in after a brain injury, concussions do have the ability to effect the sleep cycle and in turn leaving you feeling not fully rested.
How can Osteopathy Help?
Osteopaths use gentle manual therapy that treats restrictions in the cranial bones, face, neck and dura matar - a thick protective bathing cap like tissue around the brain. Ceb’sile is trained to use subtle movement patterns within the individual bones of the skull, locating the areas of restricted movement and directs gentle treatment to the area. Treatment is not limited to the skull. Because trauma to the head results in a protective muscle spasm of the neck, upper and sometimes ever lower back, aches and pains will reverberate to these other areas as well. The neck and spine - specifically a triangular bone at the lowest part of the back that sits between you hip bones called the sacrum - are assessed and treated.
Struggling with keeping your concussion symptoms under control? You can call us at 647-350-2932 or book online with Ceb’sile today and let’s get you on your way to feeling your best!