Acupuncture for Concussion
A concussion can literally and figuratively “Rock A Child’s World”. In Chinese theory we know this can do more than cause physiological disruption, it can also seriously affect their “emotions and spirit”. Acupuncture addresses the body, mind and spirit at the same time.
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Acupuncture is an effective complementary treatment for many of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, according to a case study published in “Medical Acupuncture.”
While most concussions in this country occur in children and adolescents;acupuncture can also be very effective in the treatment of ADULTS with Post Concussion Syndrome.
Acupuncture is being used in Battlefield Hospitals in Afghanistan to treat soldiers suffering from concussions, which is the number one injury that occurs in the war zone. The results achieved have been described by the treating doctors as “off the charts” and “incredible”. Acupuncture is helping the soldiers heal so they can return more quickly to the front lines.
Symptoms vary from person to person, so medical and acupuncture treatments vary depending on the patient’s needs.
Patients who suffer from Post-Concussion Syndrome can feel like they are living a nightmare. Acupuncture helps the following symptoms:
- Dizziness & difficulty walking
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Neck/shoulder tightness
- Mild to severe headaches which can vary from being intermittent to constant
- Inability to concentrate or focus vision
- According to Mayo Clinic.com, family members of patients with post-concussion syndrome often report personality changes, saying that the patient becomes more stubborn, irritable or suspicious. Anxiety and depression also commonly occur. Acupuncture can also help these symptoms.
I will work closely with all Medical specialists and therapists who oversee the Concussion Care Plan as well as the Return to sports activities, school or work process.
Traditionally the most commonly treated symptoms Medically have been:
- Headaches, which have been treated with medication designed for tension headaches, migraines or seizures.
- Neck and shoulder tightness is relieved through Physical Therapy.
- Neurologically related vision problems, which are improved by eye exercises done with the guidance of a trained physical therapist or vision specialist.
However, as the U.S. military now knows, there is much more that can be done…
According to acupuncture theory, the sooner treatment is started after the onset of symptoms, the stronger the effect will be and the faster the treatment will begin to work.
There is no process in the entire body that is more closely related to the flow of energy(Qi) than the electrical activity that takes place in every function of the brain.
Acupuncture stimulates and balances the flow of Qi and blood in the body and to the brain through the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the skin at very specific points on the body. Different acupuncture points have different indications, so points for treatment are chosen based on each patient’s specific Post Concussion needs.
With patience and an open mind, they can be on their way back to health and a resumption of school, work or possibly sports* activities sooner than they would with just rest and physical therapy.* (It is important to know that even after one concussion a return to sports should be supervised by a physician trained in the identification and treatment of concussions, especially in children and adolescents.)
A detailed description of the concussion causing event is important and will be taken before any treatment begins, including the date and time of injury. It is also important to be aware of all the physical as well as emotional symptoms felt beginning with immediately after the blow and continuing up to the present. Any signs observed by witnesses during and immediately after the accident are also important.
Any pre-existing concussion history or headache history is essential to discuss as well as any pre-existing developmental, behavioral or psychological/psychiatric history.
Acupuncture can help with symptoms in each of the following 4 areas; physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep.
While acupuncture can help reduce the severity of, or help to completely relieve the signs and symptoms of a concussion, it is still very important to continue to be seen by a Medical Doctor and/or Physical Therapist who specializes in evaluation and care of concussion patients.
Another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found 51% of medical doctors understand the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and medical doctors refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider.
There is No instant fix:
True healing takes time and dedication. However, a combination of rest, acupuncture, physical therapy and medical guidance will provide a total body approach to the healing process. Depending on your child’s current health and symptoms they could feel better quickly, however, may need care for weeks or months to become symptom free…