Working with Concussion Symptoms

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What is Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

Many people develop Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) after a concussion (also known as a mild traumatic brain injury). Symptoms can last for months or even years after a concussion.

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These concussion symptoms may include:

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Noise Sensitivity

  • Vision Problems

  • Ringing in the Ears

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Decrease in Taste or Smell

  • Foggy Thinking

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness or Vertigo

  • Memory Problems

  • Headaches

  • Emotional Regulation Problems

  • Sleep Problems

  • Attention Problems

  • Light Sensitivity

Post-Concussion Therapy (PCS)

Fortunately, there are many ways to help alleviate these symptoms. Usually a team of providers is involved and this is the best way to help affected people heal. A person with Post-Concussion Syndrome may be seeing a neurologist, physical therapist, vision therapist, counselor, naturopath doctor, and a medical doctor. I have been a part of the team for many people recovering from Post-concussion syndrome and I love seeing the results.

Post-concussion syndrome can affect a person’s ability to go to work or school. It can also have an impact on personal and professional relationships. Because it is an invisible injury, loved ones or employers may believe the person should be “back to normal" or be “trying harder.” I can help educate family and teach someone with PCS how to advocate for themselves when needed.

From my own experience with concussions, I found neurofeedback and biofeedback to be invaluable post-concussion therapy approaches to my recovery. My clients with PCS have also reported positive gains with these modalities. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback can provide tools you can use to keep yourself emotionally balanced while the neurofeedback seems to help the brain heal. In addition, a certain type of counseling called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can also help with adjusting to PCS. See the resources page for more information on these non-invasive, drug-free modalities.