Post Concussion Syndrome Acupuncture
A concussion is a pathophysiological process that affects the brain and is caused by direct or indirect biomechanical forces. Concussions can result from a blow to the head or jaw or even a fall on the buttocks from a large height. This action can lead to confusion and a temporary incapacity of your brain function. Their effect is cumulative and the risk of having another concussion after the first one is 4-6 times greater than someone who has never had a concussion.
Signs and symptoms
- Residual Symptoms
- Disorientation & Unsteadiness
- Blurred Vision/Double Vision
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Personality Changes
The damage that occurrs in the brain is at microscopic level. This injury leads to an abnormal movement of calcium, potassium, glutamate and other substances in the damaged cells. This leads to the brain decreasing blood flow to the damaged areas. Blood is the unique fuel for the brain, and following a concussion there is an increased demand for fuel to repair the damaged areas. This mismatch of fuel supply and demand is the main reason for further cell injury and dysfunction.
Acupuncture, according to the western approach, stimulates the normal blood flow in the entire body or it could unblock the abnormal circulation in any specific injured structure in the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains it as energy (Qi) blockage or imbalances in the body after any injury or disease. Therefore, acupuncture stimulates and balances the flow of Qi and blood in the body and to the brain using the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the skin at the points of specific channels or meridians. The points to be used are chosen based on each patient specific post concussion signs and symptoms.