Physiotherapy for Concussion Recovery: Tackling Dizziness at Union Health and Performance in Squamish
Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the management and recovery from concussions and associated symptoms like dizziness.
At Union Health and Performance in Squamish, the approach to these conditions is multifaceted and evidence-based, focusing on several therapeutic strategies:
- Vestibular Rehabilitation: This is a form of therapy used to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders, primarily dizziness and balance issues. It involves exercises designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception.
- Manual Therapy: For some patients, manual therapy can help reduce neck pain and headaches that often accompany a concussion. By addressing the cervical spine, physiotherapists can alleviate symptoms that may be contributing to dizziness.
- Exercise Therapy: Graduated exercise programs are often prescribed to help those who have suffered a concussion return to their regular activities. It’s crucial to increase activity levels gradually to not exacerbate symptoms.
- Education: Patients receive guidance on rest and activity modification to ensure they do not return to sport or other activities too soon, which can risk further injury or prolonged symptoms.
- Visual and Cognitive Exercises: These exercises help address issues with vision and concentration that can occur after a concussion.
- Balance Training: Balance can be affected after a concussion. Physiotherapists work with patients on specific exercises to improve stability and reduce the risk of falls due to dizziness.