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Concussion therapy, or Post-Concussion therapy, is a highly useful tool in supporting recovery from traumatic brain injury. For most people who are injured and experience a concussion, the brain heals quickly. But for some, symptoms persist. During concussion therapy, you can expect to work with a highly experienced Portland, OR physical therapist who will evaluate the severity of your brain trauma and cervical spine injury and match you with strategies that can reduce discomfort, alleviate painful symptoms, and improve brain functionality.
All too often, it is symptoms of a concussion that lead to the greatest amount of discomfort. Physical therapy fosters a return to feeling better by restoring strength to atrophied muscles and improving endurance of the muscles as well as brian endurance. This is achieved through a combination of muscle re-education or re-training activities and aerobics. It is important to work with a physical therapist who specializes in concussion rehab to gain guidance regarding the best activities for your body’s needs post-brain injury. Trying to go at it alone alone could lead to further injury. Your physical therapist will customize a strengthening program for you, as well as guide you through aerobic activity to help you regain endurance.
In addition to physical therapy exercise, additional strategies like targeted soft tissue mobilization, specific stretches, and even eye motion training and drills can help to reduce headaches and nausea following a concussion.
Physical therapy programs for concussion often incorporate vestibular therapy as this helps orient yourself during periods of lightheadedness or loss of balance. To encourage this your physical therapist will introduce you to specialized activities, including fixing your gaze at a certain point in the distance, or using simple movements to stabilize your core and limbs. With proper guidance these strategies can be incredibly helpful in improving quality of life as you recover from a concussion.
A concussion is not something you can ignore. Regardless of the perceived severity, following a brain injury it is incredibly important that you check in with a physician to ensure that there is no potential for lasting brain damage.
If you or a loved one have experienced a concussion, contact Rose City Physical Therapy at Portland, OR to learn more about concussion treatment and therapy options.