• Concussions
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  • OMT for Concussions

People who suffer from concussions may feel a sense of hopelessness due to the multiple symptoms they experience and fear of long-term consequences. You can regain hope, feel better and heal with proper care.

A concussion is a serious head injury that can happen to anyone and requires recovery time. Most commonly it’s thought of in association with athletes, and you want to know you are in good hands during recovery.  

Before returning to the action, a concussion patient will need rest, monitoring and careful treatment by someone who understands their goals and is also concerned for their medical well being as well. It is recommended to take care with post-concussion syndrome and recognize healing is an ongoing process.

Traumatic brain injury affects many functions.  The most shocking thing about a concussion may be the after-effects, not the initial injury. Post concussion syndrome can be a very serious condition.  A concussion is a disruption across the brain and nervous system caused by a jarring hit to the head.  This type of head injury can happen to anyone but often occurs in sports accidents.  Afterward, the injured person can feel a sense of loss of control or inability to keep their wits about them due to a loss of consciousness..  

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The symptoms can include headache, nausea and vomiting as well as numbness and tingling.  What most disrupts the patient is the disorienting feeling caused by multiple other symptoms that put their senses in disarray:

  • Amnesia regarding the event that caused the injury
  • Memory problems
  • Feeling foggy, dizzy unbalanced, fainting
  • Fatigue, drowsiness
  • Dazed and confused
  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Feeling irritable, unnerved, grouchy, sad and/or anxious; mood disorders
  • Sleep patterns disruption
  • Difficulty maintaining focus and energy
  • Altered senses: difficulty with vision and/or hearing (tinnitus, noise sensitivity), and even sense of taste can be impacted
  • Digestive problems
  • Autonomic disorders
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Dr. Payel Banik is a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) with a background in neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine and family medicine.  As an osteopath, she also helps patients recover from sports injuries as well as surgeries.  Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, known as OMT, also helps adults and athletes recuperate from concussions. She is focused on guiding the healing process and has a passion for helping people recover and perform at their best.

While conventional wisdom for some has been that people are clear to resume sports and other activities once they are asymptomatic, there is a growing awareness about long-term concerns.  Responsible return-to-play decisions are made under the supervision of a sports medicine doctor and/or neurologist with monitoring and treatment.  It is important to recognize that healing from post-concussion syndrome is an ongoing process.

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Osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT) is undertaken to restore order to the cranial unit, reducing inflammation and helping to improve the flow of brain fluid, easing stress on the nervous system, lymphatic system,  immune system and restoring autonomic function.  

Osteopathic treatment can help restore order to the brain, paving the way for our innate healing process and normal functioning.  OMT has been found in cases of athletes to lessen symptoms and promote recovery.  OMT for concussions can release tension in cranial bones, muscles and fascia to foster the healing process so you can feel hope again. 

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Concussions and Osteopathic Treatment

Treating a Concussion at Osteopathic Healing Hands

If you are suffering with symptoms of a concussion and would like effective treatment as soon as possible, get in touch with one of our team members today to book your initial consultation.

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