Heal Your Brain

For decades, medical professionals have told concussed athletes to rest, avoid bright lights, and limit activity until asymptomatic. But emerging science recommends to avoid rest beyond 3 days, and to participate in active treatments which help to rehabilitate the brain, prevent mental health issues, and eliminate long-term consequences. A research article in “Pediatrics”, Feb 2015, reported concussed adolescents had more symptoms and slower symptom resolution with strict rest compared to those who had an active recovery.

New research is constantly being done, and it is important for all those affected by concussions to find a health care provider who stays current with the literature to give the best care possible.

At Maximum, we take a proactive approach to concussions by getting you or your child into the clinic for a pre-concussion baseline test. In the event that you do suffer a concussion, having baseline scores to compare to help to take the guesswork out of the return to work/school/activity decision. Getting your bell rung is no joke.

If you have a concussion, we offer a FOUR-STEP Concussion Care Plan:

1) The Assessment

  • SCAT 5 –  symptoms, memory
  • Co-ordination, reaction time, balance, gait testing
  • Visual, vestibular and cognitive function testing
  • Oculomotor testing
  • Musculoskeletal exam
  • Neurological exam

2) Immediate Management

  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Vestibular/visual treatment
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Home programs
  • Nutrition advice/referral

3) Return to Learn/Work

  • Individual plans to modify school/work programs/activities
  • Pacing and planning strategies
  • Co-ordination with teachers/admin for appropriate learning/work environment

4) Return to Play

  • Individual stepwise protocol
  • Progression from low to high exertion
  • Progression from non–contact to full contact (with appropriate sports)
  • Sport specific component
  • Cognitive/vestibular exertion testing
  • Communication and co-ordination with doctors/coaches for updates and medical clearance

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