CONCUSSION MYTHS vs REALITY
So often we get clients who come see us very late after having a concussion, and report to us that they were told to only rest, or to just carry on with their everyday activities. When we talk to them, they can report still feeling fatigued, having sleep issues and/or can't handle doing a lot of exercise, to name a few.
Research now supports that pure rest is actually doing a dis-service to those with concussion, and that graduated return to activity after 24-48 hours of physical and cognitive rest (monitored by a health professional with concussion experience) is favored in concussion recovery.
Graduated activity can help with:
Increasing blood flow, and therefore oxygen to the brain to help promote healing
Improving mood and cognition
Increasing your exercise tolerance again
Promoting neuroplasticity (brain changes to promote healing and creating new neural pathways)
It is important to note that a large benefit of reaching out to a qualified health professional in concussion management is for education and guidance around pacing strategies, fatigue management and the most recent evidence-based approaches to concussion management. Concussion rehab is very individual and is not a "one size fits all" approach. If you recently had a concussion, or are experiencing ongoing symptoms that are not resolving, please contact us so we can help you.
Our vision is an integral part of our balance system it helps navigate obstacles and potential hazards. It enables us to orientate to where our body and head are in relationship to the world around us.
As we age or with neurological disease our vision can change. This can affect our ability to judge steepness of stairs or curbs, avoid obstacles, take longer to adjust to changes in light and glare, all factors that could affect balance and cause falls.
It is important to take good care of our vision and important that we adapt to these changes, whether it is having cataracts or glaucoma treated, having regular eye tests or exercises to improve gaze stability.