According to Brain Injury Canada, more than one million Canadians live with a brain injury daily. Brain injuries are also the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44.
These are devastating ailments to live and deal with, not only for the individual but also for family members, caregivers and the community at large. From automobile accidents, sport injuries, cycling accidents, violent incidents, falls, and other non-degenerative conditions, there are multiple causes. One of the most common forms of brain injury is a concussion.
According to the Mayo clinic, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Temporary effects may include headaches, and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Concussions are most common in sports, however other causes can be due to a violent blow to head and neck or upper body allowing the brain to slide back and forth forcefully against inner walls of skull, and a sudden acceleration or deceleration of head from traumatic events such as a car crash. Symptoms include headaches, loss of memory, confusion, dizziness, ringing in ears, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, delayed response to questions, and fatigue.
What is the best way to heal from a concussion? Rest! It is recommended to have little to no physical activity, no TV or loud music, and limiting activities that require focus or concentration. Rest is so important and cannot be stressed enough after a concussion or brain injury. Alongside rest however, acupuncture can play a very significant role in healing and speeding recovery from a concussion!
How can acupuncture help? When the brain experiences trauma, inflammation is created. Acupuncture can help to improve normal blood flow into the inflamed areas of the brain while also helping to reduce or relieve the symptoms of headaches, dizziness and fatigue due to the improvement of blood circulation and the release of pain-reducing hormones from the insertion of acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture views the body as a whole with each part of the body connected. Benefits that patients receive when treating a concussion with acupuncture include improving sleep, increasing energy, reducing stress and anxiety, relieving pain, and improving overall wellbeing. Acupuncture is a safe and effective option to add to your recovery if you are one of the one million Canadians living with a brain injury.
It is important to remember to always consult with your medical doctor about your concussion treatment options, and any signs and symptoms that you may experience.