InMotion Health Centre is proud to offer certified Complete Concussion Management™ services. As concussion awareness has become more prominent in recent years, especially in the world of athletics, we have made a commitment to ensure our staff is able to treat our clients with advanced advice. Our training in concussion diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation are backed by the effective, evidence-based concussion management program that has made its mark as the new industry standard. 

What is a concussion? 

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. The impact to the brain causes a disruption in neurological functioning which results in a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain.

A person who experiences a concussion should be immediately placed on complete rest in order to recover from the energy deficit. Studies have shown that any activity, both mental and physical, in the immediate days following concussion can delay the process of recovery and can have severe effects on the brain. 

The effects of a concussion

An individual who suffers from a concussion is at risk of suffering from a number of both short and long-term effects if it is not treated. Shortly after the impact, it is common to experience symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, and blurry vision. This can lead to dizziness, slurred speech, difficulty concentrating or remembering. In summary, a concussion has the ability to impact: 

  • Memory
  • Judgment
  • Reflexes
  • Speech
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Sleep patterns

A concussion is not to be taken lightly. It is a compromising injury that has a keen ability to hide as it is not visible to the eye. If you or someone you know has experienced a potential concussion inducing injury and/or is exhibiting symptoms of a concussion, they should seek an assessment as soon as possible to begin the treatment process and set foot on the road to recovery.  

Getting an assessment 

An assessment to determine if an individual has suffered from a concussion consists of a series of questions regarding the symptoms they may be feeling, as well as a physical exam. The assessment seeks to determine the current wellbeing of your:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Memory
  • Concentration

In more severe cases, other tactics that may be employed to further assess a person’s concussion would be a CT scan or an MRI. This is to generate images of the brain that would allow the physician to better understand the damages that have been done to the brain itself. 

A concussion assessment is a simple process that in no way imposes upon the individual being assessed. It is a simple matter of questions and answers, followed by a non-invasive physical examination of the body and its behavior that can have a significantly positive impact on the future health of the brain. 

For those who may find themselves in situations in their personal lives in which a concussion is a risk factor (ex. athletes), it may be wise to consider getting a baseline test to set a benchmark for your brain at full health, in order to accurately monitor the recovery process should a concussion ever occur. 

What is baseline testing?

A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion. The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is that it is done before the patient gets injured. In order to know when a patient has fully recovered, it helps to know where they were when they were healthy. Without having this information, it is more difficult to truly know when a patient has fully recovered and is safe to return to their normal activities. 

If you participate in activities that may put you at risk of a concussion, be it at work, in sports, or other recreational activities a baseline test is important to do on an annual basis in order to have up-to-date information on your brain function prior to injury. 

Complete Concussion Management™ 

Complete Concussion Management™ is a concussion research company that analyzes leading research to develop best-in-class approaches to concussion care. Their evidence-based training programs and integrated healthcare technologies empower multidisciplinary teams to implement standardized care for those impacted by concussions so that they may provide the highest quality of concussion treatment and follow-up for those affected. 

The Certified Complete Concussion Management™ practitioners are continuously updated on current research and treatments in order to manage these injuries properly and safely to ensure adequate recovery, thereby limiting the risk of further injury and long-term brain damage.