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Concussion and Post-Concussion

Syndrome  Recovery

According to the American Academy of Neurology, Concussion is defined as “trauma-induced alteration in mental status that may or may not involve loss of consciousness”.


Current research has indicated that even minor, unmemorable falls and shocks to the brain can have serious effects. And note: your head doesn’t even have to come into contact with anything.  Just the whiplash itself can cause a concussion.  


Experiencing quick, powerful movements, where either your body stops, and your head and brain keep moving, or where your head stops, but your brain keeps moving, can cause after-effects that can be pervasive and become debilitating.


Your body’s structures, blood flow, fluid flow, nervous system responses, and communication within your brain and from the brain to the rest of your body can be affected.


Car accidents (minor or major), slips and falls, or simply bumping your head into something – all can cause a concussion.  Also included in this would be combat zone soldiers who have experienced blasts and shocks.


Experiencing vision problems, headaches, memory diminishment, dizziness, tremors, ringing in the ears, troubles focusing or studying…are just a few of the symptoms that can appear, and can potentially become increasingly debilitating over time.


It's been estimated that up to one third (33%) of all patients diagnosed with concussion have symptoms of what is called “Post Concussion Syndrome(PCS), which are lingering symptoms after an accident or injury, that are of a physical, emotional, or cognitive nature, which remain unresolved for weeks, months, and even years.


PCS is defined by the World Health Organization as “persistence of three or more of the following symptoms after head injury: headache, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, concentration, or memory difficulty. This diagnosis is usually reserved for patients whose symptoms persist for more than three weeks.”  Sleep related issues, cardiovascular idiosyncrasies that weren’t present before the concussion, and chronic pain have been included in this diagnosis by many medical professionals.


CranioSacral Therapy is an effective therapy that is well-suited for people who have experienced a Concussion or who have lingering symptoms or disabilities from an injury or accident (PCS).


In cases of Concussion or PCS, CranioSacral Therapy supports the patient in regaining their health & their abilities, and works to restore their quality of life in the following ways:



CranioSacral Therapy facilitates the following in patients with Concussion or PCS:

CranioSacral Therapy is an effective therapy that supports maximum healing and recovery from Concussions and Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS), as well as supporting the body in coming into a more healthy state overall.

Please contact us for a complimentary consultation.

I had fallen in my kitchen one night while cooking dinner (falling and bumping into things has been a pretty regular occurrence for me throughout my life), and over the next few days, I began noticing that I felt like I was in a fog.  I had a headache every day that would develop during the afternoon and wouldn’t go away until I went to sleep.  I went to my doctor, and after some tests, he told me I had a concussion, and that I should go home and rest for a few days, which I did.  I took a week off work and stayed home and did very little. But things didn’t get much better.


In the next few weeks, I began to have times of blurred vision, and would feel dizzy, sometimes even nauseous. It wasn’t until I began having tremors in my hands that I really thought anything was really “wrong”.  Back to the doctor, who sent me to a neurologist…and more tests.  The neurologist said I had a Post Concussive Syndrome.  He explained that especially in the case of numerous accidents, falls, or injuries, people sometimes don’t fully recover.  I was sent home with instructions to “wait and see over the next 90 days”.


Something inside me said that I should do more than just wait and see.  I talked with a gf who said I should see Sandy, that she could help my body get back to normal.  I did some research, and gave Sandy a try.


During the first session, I felt energy moving all over the place in my body.  And I felt the pressure in my head release somewhat.  Over the next week, I noticed the daily headaches happened only twice, and they weren’t nearly as severe.  One of the things that Sandy brought to my attention was the possibility that a car accident that I was involved in a few years ago, as well as previous falls and stumbles I’d experienced could have been part of why I was having so many problems all the sudden that weren’t healing up the way they should.


I saw Sandy weekly, and after each session I felt better – more and more like my self again.  My thinking became clearer, my energy came back, and the tremors went away.  The headaches have disappeared and I no longer get dizzy.  I feel like my life has gotten back to normal again.  And if I ever even so much as stub my toe in the future, I know Sandy will be there to help me.”  --Cassie H., Clearwater, FL