Chiropractor Meridian ID Spencer Zimmerman Post-Concussion Treatment

Have you been told:

  • Your symptoms will go away on their own
  • Your imaging is normal and nothing is wrong
  • You are depressed or anxious, not dealing with a concussion
  • Concussions don’t last that long
  • There is nothing you can do

If so, know that you are not alone. Each year millions of concussions occur in the United States alone and many do not recover.

It’s not simply the fact that you haven’t recovered, but it’s the lack of understanding from providers, family, friends, and co-workers that is really frustrating.

We are going to discuss different treatment options that one should consider, but before we do that I want to take a moment and talk about why it’s a struggle to be understood after a concussion.

Putting research into practice is delayed, especially true for traditional medicine. I’ve been treating concussions since 2012, while I was still early in my training. We were told that using vestibular, oculomotor, sensory input, and cognitive-based therapies couldn’t work and was unnecessary. Despite that, we were using these therapies at that time and as a result, helped individuals that weren’t getting help anywhere else.

Needless to say, there is hardly a clinic that would call itself a concussion clinic that isn’t doing this to some level. By the time something becomes popular it is outdated and there is something better that could be done. This doesn’t mean we throw away everything that was previously done, but there is a better way to do something and there are layers that can be added to it.

As a Meridian ID chiropractor, I review different therapies it is important that your provider knows what, when, how, and why to apply each therapy that is picked. The therapy is only the right therapy if it meets all the criteria, if not it can be harmful or simply do nothing.

So, what are those layers?


VESTIBULAR THERAPY IN MERIDIAN ID

The vestibular system is essential for us to interact with our environment. This involves balance, driving, and even walking. It is routinely impacted by a concussion and is a major reason individuals struggle to get better.

Therapy should be targeted to improve the vestibular system. For some, they think it is only the inner ears, but that is only part of this system. This system integrates information from the inner ears, central vestibular relay stations, cervical spine, and eye movements. When these work together appropriately you can function, but when they don’t you end up with a variety of symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Poor Coordination

OCULOMOTOR THERAPY

Common symptoms following concussion are blurry vision, poor concentration, brain fog, fatigue, and vision that changes throughout the day. These can all be caused by impairment of the oculomotor system, and eye movements.

Targeted oculomotor exercises can be performed to help the brain to reconnect and improve recovery. Even though these therapies may seem simple, they are very profound. Think of it like finding something on the internet. It only takes typing a few words to get dozens of results, but we rarely think about all the complexity that is required to display those results. The same is true for eye movements.


NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

These may be used to support various aspects of a concussion. With a concussion, there are changes to how the brain connects, produces or utilizes energy, and inflammation.

A variety of supplements may be considered

  • Essential fatty acids
  • Eleuthero
  • CBD
  • CoQ10
  • Acetyl-L Carnitine
  • Glutathione

PEPTIDES

These are the next step following supplements. We use these in patients where we need bigger guns. There are many peptides available but some include bpc-157, ghk-cu, cjc/ipamorelin, thymosin beta-4, and dihexa. While these are becoming trendy it is important to have an experienced provider and

not buy them from random places on the internet. When this happens individuals are frustrated and feel peptides don’t work, but quality and proper use matter.


NEUROFEEDBACK

This therapy is aimed at helping to restore the rhythm of the brain waves. When the rhythm is brought into balance many experience improvements. This is performed by wearing a cap that monitors your brain waves and you receive positive stimulation such as music, a clear video screen as your brain waves are in an appropriate range.

I personally find this works best in kids, but it can also work in adults as well but does require more time.


FINDING THE RIGHT CONCUSSION TREATMENT

As you may be able to tell, there are many therapies that one may consider for post-concussion recovery. In my experience, there isn’t any single therapy that works best. I’d avoid any clinic that claims for example neurofeedback fixes all concussions, that simply isn’t true. There is no magic supplement that does it all.

Each therapy has its place, but a thorough concussion examination that evaluates how your brain functions will provide insight into what therapy to use when to use it, how to use it, and why it is being used.

When this is done we see the results that individuals aren’t achieving at other places and nearly 90% of our patients are getting improvement. This is a process that we have developed over time and there is a reason we use it, it simply is better than what we were doing previously.

If you’re ready to recover from your concussion then contact us today to get started.