Concussion/Brain Injury

Concussions, while often associated with athletes that participate in contact sports, can be experienced by anyone. And it’s not just a hit to the head that can cause a concussion – if you receive a hit somewhere on your body, your brain will move inside your skull and can result in a brain injury.

Concussion/Brain Injury

Concussion symptoms are not always immediately apparent, and many people will not realize they have sustained a concussion (especially if the concussion was caused by something not typically associated with a brain injury, like a slip and fall). The usual symptoms of a concussion can include:

  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Changes in taste or smell

After the immediate diagnosis of a concussion from your healthcare provider, the next step is determining the proper course of treatment. Usually, concussions are treated through rest and avoidance of strenuous activities. While concussion symptoms often resolve themselves in 1-4 weeks, some symptoms may persist and require further treatment, such as neurotherapy.

How can therapy help?

People suffering from concussions often have higher rates of depression and anxiety and can benefit from different types of therapy. Psychotherapy can help address the mental health concerns of post concussion syndrome. Neurofeedback helps the brain to heal naturally and works to aid communication between specific areas of your brain that may have sustained trauma from a concussion. Neurofeedback is an all-natural, non-invasive way to train the brain more efficiently by monitoring brain activity and teaching the brain to self-regulate. In conjunction with a treatment plan from your primary care physician and other brain health specialists, psychotherapy and neurofeedback can get you on the road to recovery from your concussion.

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Did you know?

According to Brain Injury Canada, approximately 1.5 million Canadians live with the effects of an acquired brain injury.

Approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).