We encourage children to be active and play sports, to learn how to work effectively as a team. Sustaining a head injury is not anything anyone would like to go through, let alone a small child. Life, however, sometimes deals blows to the youngest of people.
Top 5 treatments you can do at home
According to the most recent literature post-concussion, there are several things you can do to minimize the amount of damage after having a concussion.
- The first thing post-concussion is to seek proper attention from a healthcare provider right away. This is especially important if the injured person has ANY loss of consciousness and is experiencing any other symptoms such as dizziness, vomiting or seizure-like symptoms. Seek out providers that are able to conduct a thorough neurological evaluation to determine if any other necessary studies need to be performed such as an MRI or CT.
- Give yourself a mental break. Rest is still considered the best course of action following a head injury. However, this may not be as easy as it sounds. Mental rest means a break from things that may tire out your brain like listening to music, reading and especially looking at a computer, television or cell phones.
- Fast for 24 hours after having the initial injury; studies show that fasting for 24 hours but no more than 48 is neuro-protective, may prevent further injury and speeds recovery. Any increase in sugar during this critical time period increases the inflammatory impact on the brain and can make healing harder in the long run.
- Mild voluntary exercise 3 days post-concussion – a recent study in The European Journal of Neuroscience stated that introducing voluntary exercise helps to repair motor function and prevent possible genetic problems.
- Have patience! Brain injuries can take their time to heal, considering how healthy the brain was in the first place. A recent article in The Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics stated increases in mental activity even after not experiencing symptoms sometimes cause symptoms to reappear in children.
Every day we are closer and closer to understanding how to best treat concussions, especially in our little ones. At Advanced Chiropractic, we strive to treat each one of our patients with the most recently researched techniques to enhance neurological function while restoring proper structure through the use of Neuro-Structural Corrective Chiropractic care. If you or your loved ones are experiencing concussion issues and would like help, the physicians at Advanced Chiropractic are here to help.